Do you have any woodworking projects coming up? Want minimal effort, no denting or bashing, and a high-quality finish? Then you should invest in a good nail gun. Here are some details on what nail guns are, their uses and the types of nail gun for woodworking.
What is a nail gun?
A nail gun also called a nailer, is used to drive nails into material such as wood or for upholstery. The nail gun does the job of the hammer and nail, in a simple, precise and much much faster manner. It also significantly reduces the risk of getting injured.
Types of Nail Guns for woodworking
1. Framing Nailer
The Framing Nailer is the type of nailer that is used for more heavy-duty projects such as wood framing in buildings and heavy construction jobs, building decks, fences, and rooms and can work with nails up to three and a half inches.
Framing nailers usually come in two types. The first type is a round head framing nail gun and the other type is the clipped head nailer. The difference between the two is the number of nails they are able to hold. Because the clipped head holds more nails, it is better suited for heavy duty construction projects.
2. Roofing Nailer
The Roofing Nailer is another heavy duty nailer, similar to framing nailers, and is mainly by professional contractors on wood and other materials used for roofing. There are also different types of roofing nailers. They are the:
● Solenoid roofing nailers that are powered by electromagnetic polarization.
● Pneumatic roofing nailers that are powered by an air compressor
● Spring-loaded roofing nailers that are powered by a spring
3. Flooring Nailer
This type of nailer does not look like your typical nail gun and, as the name suggests, it is used for flooring. For this type of nail gun to work, the user has to hold the nailer at the edge of the floorboard where a nylon mullet strikes the plunger to drive nails into the floorboard. This is done with extreme accuracy and the nails are driven at the same depth and angle every single time. The only drawback to this type of nailer is that it is not very versatile, and its functions are limited to laying floorboards.
4. Palm Nailer
This handheld nailer is used for smaller projects and can be used by pretty much any adult with a bit of common sense. This nailer is identified by its small size and hand strap and comes in corded and cordless models. What's great about palm nailers are that they are ideal for tight spots, are pretty accurate, are lighter which means there is less fatigue experienced and they use regular nails.
5. Pin Nailer
The Pin Nailer is among the smallest and most delicate types of nail guns for woodworking you can buy and is typically used for finishing in carpentry projects. The nailer gets its name from the types of nails typically used, pin nails, which are very small and perfect for delicate jobs. This type of nail is typically used with wood glue as its holding power is very poor and is actually used to hold materials together until the glue dries. Expect to use this type of nail gun for cabinets, crown molding, and small furniture trims.
6. Brad Nailer
The Brad Nailer’s function the same as the pin nailer’s. The difference is that the nails used in the brad nailer are larger and have more holding power than a pin nail.
7. Finish Nailer
The Finish nailer is also great for finish carpentry work but is designed to be used with nails of specific sizes. This type of nailer uses much larger nails than the pin and brad nailer and as a result, the finish used for nailing large and bulky pieces of wood. It also has more holding power than the brad nail.
8. Siding Nailer
The siding nailer, as the name suggests, is used to install siding. They join thin pieces of wood to wooden mounts and are better suited for projects that require large pieces of wood to be joint that a framing nailer.
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