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What Do You Use When You Don't Have A Small Nailer?


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#1 daiking

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 04:53 PM

I'm using some spare 6mm ply and 20mm battens to make storage boxes.

I'm guessing a small nailer/stapler would be perfect but I don't have one and don't really need to buy one for just this and my cheap manual staple gun isn't going to work. Screws seems fiddly and spoil the look.

Any suggestions?

#2 SteamyTea

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 04:56 PM

Make a jig up and just glue them together.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 04:59 PM

I was going to glue but wanted to put in a mechanical fixing as well.

Edited by daiking, 22 February 2016 - 05:00 PM.


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 05:01 PM

Why do you need a "nailer"?

Small hammer and panel pins?

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 05:03 PM

+1

and a pair of narrow nose pliers to hold the pins if your aim isn't very good.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 05:09 PM

View PostProDave, on 22 February 2016 - 05:01 PM, said:

Small hammer and panel pins?
Glad it wasn't just me thinking, that the answer was a hammer... :D

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 05:14 PM

View Posttemp, on 22 February 2016 - 05:03 PM, said:

+1

and a pair of narrow nose pliers to hold the pins if your aim isn't very good.
Can't fault that advice.

#8 SteamyTea

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 05:38 PM

I sometimes make St Ives frames for starving artists, I tried the panel pin and nailing. Found things could easily move a bit, so made a jig to hold things in place while I hit the nail, usually via my thumb.
Then decided that it was easier to just modify the jig and bond the lot together.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 06:03 PM

Mr Tea can see where I'm coming from and even with panel pins I won't get that head below the surface finish of a nailer.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 06:06 PM

Start your panel pins off with one of these and save your pinkies :)

http://www.amazon.co...ords=Pin pusher

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 06:09 PM

I got one of those, it just bent the pins as the ply was a bit tougher than I thought.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 06:18 PM

View Postdaiking, on 22 February 2016 - 06:03 PM, said:

and even with panel pins I won't get that head below the surface finish of a nailer.

http://www.ebay.co.u...14AAOxygLxSUXsB

FWIW, set up the jig and glue it all first, if you still want to nail it, do it afterwards so it can't all move

Edited by ConstructionChannel, 22 February 2016 - 06:20 PM.


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 06:22 PM

View PostBarney12, on 22 February 2016 - 06:06 PM, said:

Start your panel pins off with one of these and save your pinkies :)

http://www.amazon.co...ords=Pin pusher

had a cheap wardrobe come with a special tool for holding pins before, it looked like a cable cleat with 2 recesses where you clamp it to hold the nail..........straight in the skip and carried on hitting my pinkies like a real man :P

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 06:56 PM

Why do half a job.
What a club hammer is made for isn't it.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 07:06 PM

or a brick, whatevers to hand really :D

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 07:51 PM

It's only a panel pin suck it up and push it in with your thumb.

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 09:04 PM

View Postdeclan52, on 22 February 2016 - 07:51 PM, said:

It's only a panel pin suck it up and push it in with your thumb.
I hear that sticky Vicky has retired, maybe I should get the wife to train up as her replacement?

"Now presenting the world famous Lairy Mary who will assemble an ikea wardrobe using nothing but her talent!"

Edit : yellow card :)

Edited by Nickfromwales, 22 February 2016 - 10:55 PM.


#18 daiking

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 09:05 PM

Too far?

Edit : 2 weeks probation for you. :D

Edited by Nickfromwales, 22 February 2016 - 10:56 PM.


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 10:41 PM

View Postdaiking, on 22 February 2016 - 09:05 PM, said:

Too far?
Depends on the entrance fee but you could be on a winner.

Edit : ( I want in on that. ) ;)

Edited by Nickfromwales, 22 February 2016 - 10:56 PM.


#20 temp

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Posted 23 February 2016 - 07:59 AM

My dad taught me to punch the nail heads below the surface with a punch..

http://www.toolstati...CFdgaGwoddzoHFg

http://www.diy.com/h...0160223075847:s

Check they are small enough.