If you haven’t read part one of this article on brad nailers, you may want to check it out. This is the continuation of this two part series.
A few years ago, almost all of the brad nailers were of the straight clip variety. This simply means that the magazine that normally supports the nail clips in place is placed perpendicularly to the driving cylinder.Nowerdays there are producers who make angled brad nailers which are much easier to fit into the small tight spaces.
When one would want to fix a thin or even a small piece of trim to an assembly, it is advisable to use a brad nailer as a finish nailer will most probably split the piece of trim. In case you put the brad very near to the end of the piece of work or edge, splitting will occur. Instead, one should place the brad far away from the edge hence preventing splitting of the end. Different types of woods have their different levels of splitting. Working with the different types of woods will give you a better idea of how closely or far away from the edge you can do your work from.
Another major problem of brads is that brads are so thin that some of the nails never sink completely to the stock. This is due to the fact that it is very difficult to pound a brad into the stock by using a hammer and a nail set. A standard finish nail can do this without much trouble. Brads also tend to bend very easily when hit by a hammer.
One would think of cutting off or nailing in the protruding brad but this isn’t advisable at all. One should easily remove it from the piece of trim instead. One should however not use a crowbar or even a hammer to remove it.Lightweight brads are very easy to remove with your hands.
Caution has to be taken when dealing with this tools as if they are mishandled,one can injure his/her hands in the process of using the brad nailer. But they are definitely a great tool in any woodworking shop.