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Thread: Note to self: long brads...

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    London, Ontario

    Note to self: long brads...

    Note to self: Next time, think twice about brad length when loading up the nail gun to attach the back onto your nice bookcase that you've been building. Yes, the shelves are 9" wide, so the brad length really shouldn't be an issued. But don't forget that the top crosspiece - you know, the one under the top, that is NOT a shelf? That one is only 3/4" thick. So choosing 1-1/4" brads, to attach a 3/8" thick back... well, you do the math.


    Yeah, that was a good time to close the shop an go sit on the couch with the kids and watch some TV...

    Fortunately, it was easy to fix. I bent over all the brad where they blew through, and planed a piece of stock to 1/8" thick and glued it over top of the entire trim piece.

    Problem solved.
    There's usually more than one way to do it... ........

  2. #2
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    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Been there, done that. Know the feeling.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    What????? You mean I'm not the ONLY one who has done something like that?

    A couple of days ago, I was putting a couple of pieces of MDF together for a little utility thingy. Grabbed a handful of #8x3/4" screws, drilled a pilot hole, ran the first screw in and it didn't attach the two pieces. Went back and got some 1-3/4" screws that worked much better on joining the two pieces of 3/4" material.
    Bill Arnold
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  4. #4
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    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Yeah, but did you have your fingers hanging over and get BAM, oh no, nailed again!

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


  5. #5
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    Jul 2007
    Des Moines, IA
    Art, an old carpenter that I worked with once told me the mark of a true craftsman was being able to cover up your mistakes.

  6. #6
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    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    At least you didn't try to pull them out!

    That never works! Don't ask me how I know...



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Southern Louisiana
    can't even remember how many times i have done that art...too's painful to think of.

    it's always in a very obvious area too...

    good fix, good idea to go chill on the couch as well.

  8. #8
    Art : I can tell you that if you screw up enough you'll get where you remember about the lenght of the brad your using ........I know .........Marshall ........
    Usually Busier than a Cat In A sand Box : Arkansas Red Wolf & Razorbacks Fan

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    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    Been there, done that, felt stupid too!
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    Yeah, but did you have your fingers hanging over and get BAM, oh no, nailed again!

    I was so excited the first time I got that little porter cable red unit with the 3 guns. I never owned a pneumatic tool in my life.
    Id say around 2 weeks after I got it, I made the stupid mistake of holding an end of 2x4 at the end of it where I was shooting in a 2.5 incher.
    Ofcourse, I shot it in crooked, and the nail shot 1/8 of an inch into my finger.
    It smarts, when you use lack of smarts.
    Didnt realize how powerful that little sucker is.(I hid the injury from my family, didnt want them to think I was an idiot, was actually a bit embarrassed I did something so careless)

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