Did you know that building stuff with wood is a low-impact exercise? It may be unusual, but woodworking can help you have an active lifestyle while making you creative, resourceful, and productive too!
One of the best ways to start woodworking is to try simple DIY projects, and you can do that with the ol’ reliable finishing nailer. This tool is also known as a finish nail gun, and is used to shoot nails to softwood, plywood, hardwood, and trim boards. It allows the user to quickly finish the tasks by eliminating the time for hammering nails.
For those who do not know the proper way of using a finishing nailer, finish nailing can be a hard task, which is why we’re here to tackle that.
Below are the steps on how to use a finish nail gun.
1: Load the nails into the magazine
Here’s an instructional video on how to load a finish nailer.
2: Position the finish nail tip’s center
Identify the spot where you need the nail to go. If you want, you could use a pencil to mark the location, especially if you’re a beginner. Next, place the center of the nail tip where the nail should be to avoid blowout, which refers to the nail coming out of the incorrect way. Be sure to correctly position the gun where the nail must go to avoid displacing the nail tip’s position.
Note: Nail blowouts are often caused by the bent angling of the gun, trim, or molding.
3: Push down the safety nose
Finish nailers come with a safety feature—a nose. It should first be pushed down entirely. If you don’t, the trigger of nail won’t be engaged and can’t be pulled.
4: Pull the trigger
Just like when using a handgun, you should also pull the trigger to release the nail from the finish nailer.
- Place the parts with a gauge. Use a gauge to acquire precise and steady placement of parts. Remember that you must keep the parts in place before you secure them using your finish nail gun.
- Get rid of stray nails instantly. If you can’t pull out the nails, break them off instead. You could also twist the stray nails into position and strike them with a hammer later. However, usually, the best solution is to get rid of some of its parts and use your nail set to sink what you can no longer remove.
- Open the latch to avoid nail jams. The latch (found in the front part) of a finishing nailer is easy to open, which is probably an obvious clue that you must unfasten it to get rid of the jammed nails. If you’re using a cordless unit, take out the battery before you open the latch. And if you’re using a pneumatic nailer, ensure that you unlink it from the air compressor too. Remember that safety must be your priority.