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I am about to invest in a nailer or two. My projects are small using 1/4 to 3/4 inch plywood (current project: dollhouse). I have been looking at an 18 ga. brad nailer and a pinner. I am not sure which would work best for the 1/4" walls and roof. I am leaning toward a couple of Bostitch nailers and a Craftsman 6 gal pancake compressor (Lowes). Your guidance will be greatly appreciated.
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For your 1/4" parts a 23 ga pin nailer. I have Bostich guns and pancake compressor myself.
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If there's a Harbor Freight near you, take a look at their tools. I have one of their framing nailers (for a couple of years) and a small brad nailer for about 3 months. They get air from a Lowe's (6 to 8 gallon?) compressor. They both work just fine for me as a part-time casual woodworker.

If you are putting nails in wood as a construction professional, they may not hold up as long as the $$$$ brands. But for my uses they are fine.

Why the framing nailer? I needed one for a specific task, building a wall to make an office in part of the workshop. Looking at options, it was cheaper to buy one from HF than rent one for a week from a big-box store. Since then it has only had a few days of use, and I will probably drop it off at the Habitat for Humanity store by the end of the year.
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The Bostich guns are nice because they don't need to be oiled. However, ergonomically my PC 18 gauge is more comfortable than my Bostich brad nailers. I have an Hitachi framing nailer and it has a lot of power. It seems more powerful than the Holzher it replaced. I also have an Hitachi pin nailer. It works well but it has a safety on the trigger and I wound up taping it down so I didn't have to use it. That's never been an issue in the two years I've had it but if someone else has a brand that works well I'd go with theirs. The Bostich narrow crown stapler uses 6mm staples instead of 1/4" and the Bostich brand staples are way more money here so you may want to check that out. I also have a Campbell Hausfeld in 1/4" and it has worked fine and staples are cheap. Medium crown I've only ever used a Bostich so I have nothing else to compare it to.

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I have PC nailers , but I have to say I enjoy using my Ryobi cordless nailers more lately. Have both the 18ga and the 23ga pinner. No worries about hoses or the noise of a compressor. Just my 2 cents
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For 1/4 inch ply I usually use staples if I can (for cabinet backs, etc). For a doll house the brads should be fine as a backup to the glue.

I have a California Air Systems quiet compressor, definitely worth the extra $60 over your average compressor. I honestly forget to turn the thing off sometimes it is so quiet. I got mine on a black Friday deal, and signed up for their credit card to get an extra $50 off, fantastic buy. Lowes and HF have their own knock offs of the CAL compressor now, you might be able to score something very similar for less.


I have a Accuset 23 ga pin nailer, and love it to death.

I use the super cheap HF 18 ga pin nailer and the 18 ga nailer/stapler combo. For the $ they can't be beat. Just fire a few test brads into similar wood and adjust the regulator on the compressor.

I CAN'T STAND my HF 16 gage nailer, I only use it if I absolutely have to

I have a Hitachi 15 gage nailer that I use for everything the 18 ga brad nailer can't do. It is an awesome piece of equipment.


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I have and like my Hitachi 18 gauge nailer. Often use it on projects to hold things in place until I can get a few screws in place. For this purpose I often use the 2.5 inch nails, the maximum size. It also uses easy to get Porter Cable nails.

I have an off-brand 23 gauge pin nailer that is useful for holding things in alignment during glue up. I think with really short pins you could use it for miniatrues, but it will not hold things together. A light pull or twist will pull the pieces apart.

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My nailer of choice for a doll house build.
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I have a harbor freight pin nailer that works great for thin material. I also have their 18 ga brad nailer /stapler that works well also. The pin nails don't split the thin stock. I use that on toys I make. I use both of them weekly for the past several years with good result. I can't advise you on the compressor. I have a large stationary air compressor unit. You can never have to much air
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Hello folks,

I am about to invest in a nailer or two. My projects are small using 1/4 to 3/4 inch plywood (current project: dollhouse). I have been looking at an 18 ga. brad nailer and a pinner. I am not sure which would work best for the 1/4" walls and roof. I am leaning toward a couple of Bostitch nailers and a Craftsman 6 gal pancake compressor (Lowes). Your guidance will be greatly appreciated.
I believe Home Depot had a combination pan cake and two nailers for 100.
Haven't been back to see lately but they may still be there.

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