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post #1 of 20 Old 05-23-2016, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new to building furniture and have always used screws and the kreg jigs and screws to build tables and bed frames. But, I received a Rigid 2 1/2" angled finisher nailer for my birthday and I want to know if that can be used to build furniture? Or, is there a better pneumatic nailer to use while building furniture.

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I sold pneumatic nailing and stapling equipment for many years so I'm very pro nail guns. Having said that, there is very little use for a 2 1/2" nailer when building fine furniture. It can be used for Rustic furniture. The 2 1/2" nailer (1 1/4"-2 1/2") is primarily used to trim out a house for most all interior trim. Base mold, crown mold, closet shelving, window and door trim.
Homemade kitchen and bath cabinetry.
It's a great tool, but just not on fine furniture.
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Plus 1 to above.Brad nailers occasionally,pin nailers a little more.
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Plus Two above. I have all of them from framing to pin. I use my 18 gauge brad nailer ten fold more than anything else. But the 2 1/2" is second to none for trimming out a house post haste!

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Depends on whether or not you build with torsion boxes. Nail guns are perfect for torsion boxes.

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The previous posters have given you excellent advice. I'd just like to add that I usually use brad and pin nailers to "clamp" pieces while the adhesive sets.
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I'm new to building furniture and have always used screws and the kreg jigs and screws to build tables and bed frames. But, I received a Rigid 2 1/2" angled finisher nailer for my birthday and I want to know if that can be used to build furniture? Or, is there a better pneumatic nailer to use while building furniture.

Thanks for all the help.
I've never used a Rigid nailer before but there is only one brand I've had any trouble with and that was porter cable. I currently have a Paslode 16ga nailer I've been using for nearly 30 years, a Bostitch framing nailer, a spotnail corrugated fastener nailer and three Harbor Freight nailers and staplers. If it were me I would use the Rigid until it gives you reason not to.

The porter cable nailer kept breaking off drivers which were expensive to replace. It didn't take long to figure out that gun was too expensive to keep. I think I could have bought a HF nailer cheaper than what the driver cost.
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Funny thing..I was watching a John Heisz video wondering what is the typical gauge nail most woodworkers might use with an air nailer and decided to ask here and *DING*! Someone already did. In fact it was the first thread on recent posts thingy..
You guys gotta stop reading my mind..it's becoming quite disturbing.

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I'm new to building furniture and have always used screws and the kreg jigs and screws to build tables and bed frames. But, I received a Rigid 2 1/2" angled finisher nailer for my birthday and I want to know if that can be used to build furniture? Or, is there a better pneumatic nailer to use while building furniture.

Thanks for all the help.
You won't find much use for it in furniture but will in cabinetry with a smaller length. There's a large jump from cabinetry and furniture when considering its use...
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I have nail guns ranging from a framing nailer to a 18 gauge nailer. Nail guns are incredibly useful. You'll find a use for it.
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A lot of cheap upholstered furniture is stapled together.
You won't find this type of construction on high end furniture.
Good furniture may have 18 gauge nails or smaller to apply some moldings.
Brads smaller than 18 gauge are commonly called pins. Pins come in both headed and headless styles. A headless pin has less holding power but can hardly be seen in finished furniture.
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As mentioned above- furniture and finish nailers don't mix very well. I have a angled finish bailer I use a lot for attaching house trim, base and I used it to attach beaded board on a ceiling. Good tool for the tool arsenal but I don't use it for furniture.

Cut it twice, measure once and it's still too short.
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I tend to disagree some.
I use 2 1/2" nails for securing furniture parts while the gluing is going on and then later I finish with screws or lag bolts, depending on the application. It helps with my assembly. What I like is the nail holes are so minimal and recessed it's easy to hide their heads when I finish the pieces.
I do "live edge" furniture and in some circumstances I leave the bark on the wood. I will use 1 1/4" nails to secure the bark every 2" o.c., and then coat it over with epoxy. The bark then becomes permanent.
And there are other appplications and uses for a trim nailer.

I have 4 nailers in my arsenal.
Paslode impulse framer.
Paslode impulse trim gun
Bostich air straight line trim nailer.
Bosthch air staple gun (never used it.)
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So much for my temporary faith in Harbor Freight nailers/staplers.. mine seems permanently jammed up. I took it apart and had it working fine for 2 nails before it really jammed. Now an entire row of nails is jammed in.. I suppose I'll spend tomorrow searching for the receipt. I have bad habits about keeping records and receipts..
It worked great up until tonight.. it never missed a beat, but now? Trash.. I'm guessing it's because it was coming in just too darn handy lately.
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So much for my temporary faith in Harbor Freight nailers/staplers.. mine seems permanently jammed up. I took it apart and had it working fine for 2 nails before it really jammed. Now an entire row of nails is jammed in.. I suppose I'll spend tomorrow searching for the receipt. I have bad habits about keeping records and receipts..
It worked great up until tonight.. it never missed a beat, but now? Trash.. I'm guessing it's because it was coming in just too darn handy lately.
What model was it? I have four nailers, which one lasted for more than a decade before it quit. It's probably just O rings somewhere but not worth the time and trouble working on it. About 20 bucks and I can have a new one.
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What model was it? I have four nailers, which one lasted for more than a decade before it quit. It's probably just O rings somewhere but not worth the time and trouble working on it. About 20 bucks and I can have a new one.
I actually found the receipt (18 gauge 2 in 1 nailer/stapler)and exchanged it for one that was assembled much better and it's working great. The old one seemed to be just too sloppy, but the newer one has no slop and when I took it apart to grind down the tip it was like a completely different nailer..Same model and everything, but a whole different nailer.
Anyway, is there a difference in nails that can be used in these harbor freight nailers? I'm aware of gauge and sizes, but are these HF nailers particularly picky as to any brand of nails? I guess I'm asking is should any off the shelf brand work as long as they're the proper guage/size?

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I actually found the receipt (18 gauge 2 in 1 nailer/stapler)and exchanged it for one that was assembled much better and it's working great. The old one seemed to be just too sloppy, but the newer one has no slop and when I took it apart to grind down the tip it was like a completely different nailer..Same model and everything, but a whole different nailer.
Anyway, is there a difference in nails that can be used in these harbor freight nailers? I'm aware of gauge and sizes, but are these HF nailers particularly picky as to any brand of nails? I guess I'm asking is should any off the shelf brand work as long as they're the proper guage/size?
I've had one of those for a number of years. I quit trying to use it for nails as the driver hit hard enough to make a hole like a staple. I just use it for staples now.
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I found a fix for the wide marks the harbor freight 18 gauge 2-1 nailer leaves. It's temporary and probably not the greatest idea, but it works.. Slide in a brad in the slot as in the picture and bend it over. It keeps the safety mechanisms from completely depressing and leaves the brad almost perfectly flush with the surface..
Someone on YouTube uses a zip tie, but I've misplaced my gigantic bag of those and tried a 1 1/4 inch brad and voila! It works.

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I use nails in furniture however after I get done finishing you would have to look really hard to find them.
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I've had one of those for a number of years. I quit trying to use it for nails as the driver hit hard enough to make a hole like a staple. I just use it for staples now.
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