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I'm following an american set of plans and i need a translation.
The plans require all the panels to be put together with glue and what they call;

"1 1/4" wire brads #16"

bearing in mind I live in a metric country, could someone please give me a much better description so I know what to buy?
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That would be 31.75 mm long and I would think the diameter would be 1.29 mm. Just a small brad nail.
 
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I read once that sheet metal gauges started out as the number of sheets stacked together to make a pile 1" thick. I'm not sure that's true anymore but it might not be too far off.
Shotgun gauges were how many lead balls that would fit the barrel and equal a pound, except for the .410 which is the actual diameter in inches.
 

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Hmm, interesting. But I only glue up my projects, can't recall doing anything like that with metal brads. Have used dowels a time or two, like them.
 

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well.nothing ever goes EXACTLY to plan, does it?
Panel pins are everywhere in the UK, in Cyprus not so much.
I found some nails that go into nailer guns. with a T head and 25 mm long (1") in strips of a 100.
Dirt cheap, and I've tried just breaking a nail off and hammering it in and it works fine. The T head goes flush. but using a drift and a couple extra taps with the hammer and they sink in fine.
 

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What you need is one of these

https://www.amazon.com/GreatNeck-BD1-Magnetic-Brad-Driver/dp/B000GAWXCC

Depending on the hardness of the wood, you can push the brad most of the way in and then finish off with a small hammer and nail set - kind of hard to hold something that small and get it started without nipping a finger now and then. Used one a lot putting up small trim molding around kitchen cabinets when I couldn't get in with a hammer (but then I bought a brad nailer - and then I bought a pin nailer, life just kept getting easier and easier).
 

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Dan, this is a one off deal. No way am I buying tools just for this, it will wipe out what small profit I'm hoping to make.

I'll just go with "panel pins" 'cos thats what we call 'em.
Over on this side of the pond we can go to Harbor Freight and pick up a nail gun for about $20 dollars. I'm not sure if you can find the same kind of a deal but even if you can't once you try one you'll wonder how you ever got by without one. There are times when you simply can't nail something together but with a nail gun it's no effort at all. The wood doesn't shake the nail simply goes in. Invest in one and you'll see what I mean. You'll find it one of the best investment in tools you will make.

https://www.harborfreight.com/18-gauge-2-in-1-air-nailerstapler-68019.html
 
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