I am seriously considering getting the HF pin nailer to help me with my projects. I know that a few of you have gotten it, so I wanted to ask a couple of questions:
1) the 1" length. If I am using 3/4" stock, how helpful would the 1" length be in helping a glued joint? Obviously, if I use a 3/8" rabbet on the joint, I wouldn't have any issue, correct?
2) air supply. I do not own any air tools. Really don't have a need for any (that I know of) besides the nailer. I've read that a pin nailer doesn't use that much air per nail, so would an air tank work?
Hi Chris -
The little 23 ga pin nailer is one tool that gets a lot more use than I expected it to. I have the PC 1/2" - 1" pinner and use it all the time. I use it to hold glue-ups while I get the clamps on, hold templates in place, hold assembys for dry fitting.... I also use it to locate reference points for things other than woodworking. ie, installing drawer slides, will pin some scrap to the face frame to support the front of the slide while I position the rear brackets..... and so on. Even with 3/4" stock the pins are tenacious and will hold unless it is a large part. Also there is little or no evidence they are there. I think BJ pointed out in another thread that a drop or two of water will swell the wood grain enough that no filling or sanding is required to hide them. I typically use 5/8" pins as there is usually a rabbet or some other feature that reduces stock thickness enough.
As far as air supply, yes, an air bubble will run one a good long time but you may want to look into a small portable compressor. Not a continuous flow. I've seen small Campbell-Hausfelds at Wally World for $60-$70, about $30 more than a good sized air bubble and you don't have to run out to refill it. I have a 6 gallon Porter Cable pancake that is way more than enough for a pinner but I have some other pneumatic stuff also.
Hope this helps.
Edit - I just reread Bj's post. +1 on the pinner not being a do-all tool. I also use a 18 ga brad nailer and, in some cases the 16 ga finish nailer. Like all tools, they have strengths as well as limitations. However, I put off getting a pinner for quite a while, not being convinced of how versatile it really is..One of those "wish I had known" deals