December 16, 2014 : NGD's Most Memorable Blog Posts of 2014

NGD's Most Memorable Blog Posts of 2014

We're finally here - the end of 2014. A time to celebrate, reflect and look toward the future. What better way to capture the essence of 2014 at Nail Gun Depot, than to take a look at some of the Nail Gun Network's most influential blog posts of the year. Take a second to check out some of our most popular posts of 2014!
 
BeA Upholstery Stapler 
NGD's Top Picks: Hall of "Frame"
  1. How To Install Hardwood Floors: Perfect for the first-timer or budding expert, get start-to-finish tips for installing hardwood flooring. Learn which tools work best for the job and what it takes to lay beautiful new floors.
  2. Choosing An Air Compressor For Pneumatic Tools: If you use a pneumatic (air-powered) tool, you must use an air compressor to make it operate - but do you have the right air compressor for your tool? Find out in this blog.
  3. NGD Construction & Manufacturing Tool Index: For the DIYer or casual woodworker, find out which tools power the fastening industry. From construction and remodeling to manufacturing - we've got you covered.
  4. American Made Fasteners - A Senco Tradition: Not many manufacturers can boast the phrase "Made In America." At Senco, these words represent more than 80% of the fasteners they produce. Learn more about what makes Senco unique.
  5. How To Build & Install Your Own Kitchen Cabinets: Getting the kitchen cabinets you dream about can be more cost effective than one might think. Find out what you need to know to get the job done right.
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  1. What's The Difference Between Brad Nailers & Finish Nailers?: An age old question, get the answers you need on the Nail Gun Network.
  2. What's The Difference Between A Floor Nailer & Flooring Stapler?: Don't use the right tool for the wrong job. Discover which flooring tool is best for your application with Nail Gun Depot.
  3. What Type Of Nail Is Correct For My Application?: Get the inside scoop on which nail you need for your project. From framing to finishing, we've got an answer for everyone.
  4. The Nail Gun Buyer's Guide: Shopping for a nail gun? Maybe you aren't familiar with what's out there. Find out which nailer is the right one for you.
  5. How To Choose The Right Upholstery Stapler: If you work with upholstery, an upholstery stapler is a must-have tool in your arsenal. In this article, find out which features are best for different upholstery applications.
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And with that, we conclude our last post of 2014. Don't worry, we're only taking a break from blogging for the next two weeks - making time to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Look for an all-new Nail Gun Network post January 6, 2015!
 
Wishing A Happy Holiday Season To All,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



December 9, 2014 : How To Build & Upholster Your Own Salvage Pallet Ottoman

How To Build & Upholster Your Own Salvage Pallet Ottoman

To make sure you get the latest and greatest tips and techniques of the industry, the Nail Gun Network occasionally hosts a guest blogger or expert contributor. Today, we are excited to let Shelly Miller Leer of ModHomeEc and the Upholstery Club take control of the Nail Gun Network, with her special project post, "Salvaged Pallet Ottoman." Pay careful attention to how she uses her brand-new BeA 71/16-436LN, 22 gauge long nose upholstery stapler.
 
 
Whether you’re sick of your old beat up coffee table, or you just need more pizazz in your space, creating an upholstered ottoman from a salvaged pallet is an easy weekend project. It’s a little bit carpentry and a little bit upholstery. The biggest benefit of creating your own upholstered coffee table (or dog lounger) is that it’s custom - you choose the fabric and the details. My inspiration came from a photo. It can be as simple as that.

 

Materials:
  • A chemical free pallet
  • 1” x 4” pieces of pine or other wood to frame the bottom of the pallet
  • 1-½” long wood screws
  • 2 yards of scrap fabric (burlap) to cover all but the bottom of the pallet
  • A piece of 2” foam (two pieces can be glued together to create a large enough piece)
  • Batting
  • 2+ yards of fabulous fabric
  • Spray adhesive for foam
  • Furniture legs and hardware
  • A black marker

 

Tools:

  • Drill and drill bits
  • Scissors
  • Electric knife (to cut foam)
  • Glue gun (optional)

Let’s quickly talk about pallets. Not all pallets are suitable for an upholstered ottoman. Choose one that looks new, is sturdy, and requires the least amount of retrofitting. Pallets are rough and uneven. That’s part of the charm and it’s a good conversation point when bragging about your custom created ottoman.

1. Measure and cut your wood pieces to fit the uneven bottom edge of the pallet
 
2. Drill holes and secure the wood planks with screws so that they don’t interfere with the placement of the corner leg plates

3. Measure and drill holes for leg hardware. You may want the leg hardware to be attached so that you know how far the fabric can come under the frame.

4. Flip frame over and wrap up the top and all sides like you’re wrapping a present using burlap or scrap fabric

*** The standard upholsterer’s method to cover a square or rectangular frame is to secure the fabric with staples in the center of one side, move to the opposite side, then the two adjacent sides. You always start in the center and move out towards the corners, pulling and smoothing diagonally towards the corners, but leaving approximately 5-6” open at the corners for folding and fine tuning. This works for dining chair seats and all angular pieces.

5. Place covered frame on top of 2” foam, making sure there’s at least ½” over hang on all sides. Trace around frame with a big black marker.

 

6. Keeping electric knife blade perpendicular to the foam, cut foam as traced

 

7. Use spray adhesive to secure the foam to the burlap base

 

8. Measure and cut batting to fit over the foam and wood frame

 

 

9. This is important - DO NOT roll the batting UNDER the bottom of the frame. Secure it on the bottom of each side. You don’t want a lumpy bottom edge.

10. Corners are crucial to make this ottoman look professional. Make neat, tidy, hospital corners that are smooth, unpuckered and clean. This is the same technique as you’ll use with your top fabric. Make it look professional!

 

11. Trim off excess batting.

 

12. Cut your fabric so that you’ll have at least 3” of excess fabric on each side. This is known as ‘pull’ and you’ll need it.

 

13. Place fabric on top. Align any pattern, make sure everything is straight and start with the center of one side. Pull fabric under and attach just like you did the batting, only pull the fabric under the frame bottom. It’s front to back, side to side, and move out towards the corners.

 

*** The technique of pulling and smoothing at a diagonal and out towards the corners is what shows you know what you’re doing. You want a smooth, even, slightly rounded top edge.

14. Now make those corners look good by making that square corner as in the picture. Your hands are your best tool and sometime you’ll need to get the frame on the floor and really be able to control the fabric.

15. When the corner is just right, secure it with your stapler on the bottom of the frame.

16. Trim off excess fabric, close around leg plates, attach legs. 

 

17. (Optional) Create and insert a time capsule and cover the bottom of the ottoman with a piece of scrap fabric as a dust cover by folding the edges under ½” and stapling in place every 3” around the bottom, folding back at the legs.

 
Now that you have the insight, prepare your tools and get started on your own pallet ottoman. The Nail Gun Network would like to send a special thanks to Shelly Leer, who developed and wrote this guest post. If you are interested in learning more about upholstering techniques and project ideas, check her out or take one of her classes on ModHomeEc or the Upholstery Club.
 
Here's To Starting Your Own Project,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



December 2, 2014 : Nail Gun Depot's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Nail Gun Depot's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

We've finished up the Thanksgiving turkey - and tied a bow on Black Friday, so now what? Summer might be the most popular season for tools and fasteners, but let's not forget the best time of year to surprise a spouse, friend or family member with a new tool they are certain to love. For many craftsmen and woodworking hobbyists, the holiday season brings new life to their workshop.
 
NGD Holiday Gift Guide 
Under $100
 
  • Senco PC1195: Designed for use with bulk nails, this compact palm nailer is 50% lighter than most of its competitors. The PC1195 features a magnetic nose for accurate nail placement, and compact design for easy storage. Excellent for driving nails in very tight places, this palm nailer is intended for use with specific applications such as joist hangers, framing, hurricane straps, fencing, decking and more. Available now on NGD for only $49.00.
  • Bostitch BTFP71875: A revolutionary new design from Bostitch, this hybrid tool is designed to be used as either a pneumatic brad nailer or heavy-duty stapler. A dual trigger design provides added safety and comfort. The BTFP71875 pneumatic hammer stapler also features oil-free operation, a bottom-loading magazine, and a built-in reload indicator. Available on NGD for only $55.00.
  • Hitachi NP35A: If you are shopping on a budget, but still want a brand-name tool, look no further than the Hitachi NP35A 23 gauge pin nailer. In addition to a five-year warranty, the NP35A comes with a rugged plastic carrying case, safety glasses, 1/4" NPT male plug, no mar tip (x2) and hex bar wrench. This Hitachi pin nailer features an auto-adjust magazine to easily switch between different fastener lengths, a dual trigger safety, rear exhaust, adjustable depth of drive, reload indicator and removable nose plate. This handy tool is perfect for rattan furniture production, light wood assembly, finish and trim work, decorative trim, window beading, craft work and more. Available on NGD for $99.00.
 Senco PC1195
$100 to $250 
 
  • Senco PC1010: At 20 lbs, the Senco PC1010 oil-less air compressor features an extremely lightweight and ultra quiet design. This hand-carry compressor also features an electric, direct drive motor for increased efficiency - as well as an aluminum cylinder, oil-less pump, 1/4" coupler and cushioned hand grip. The PC1010 is great for finish and trim work, upholstery, hobbies and crafts. Available on NGD for $119.00.
  • Bostitch BTFP72646: Perfect for anyone who loves finish and trim woodworking, the Bostitch BTFP72646 3-tool finish & trim combo kit with air compressor is designed with the DIY'er and amateur woodworker in mind. Get a complete set of pneumatic finish tools at one great price. The Stanley Bostitch BTFP72646 kit includes: The SB-1664FN - 16 ga. straight finish nailer, SB-1850BN - 18 ga. brad nailer, BTFP71875 - heavy-duty 3/8" crown stapler, BTFP02011 - 6 gallon oil-free air compressor, 1/4" x 25' heavy-duty airline with fittings and sample fasteners. The BTFP72646 combo kit is ideal for interior trim, crown molding, baseboards, shoe molding, staircases, cabinetry, paneling, housewrap, screening, upholstery, dust containment, insulation and felt paper. Get the entire kit on NGD for $249.00.
  • Senco WC150XP: This rugged, wide-crown Senco stapler features a new firing valve design for fast and powerful operation, tool-free locking adjustable depth of drive for consistent driving, rotating belt hook, EZ clear latch for fast jam removal, high-strength magazine, and extremely durable exhaust cap for superior damage resistance. This construction stapler even comes with a five-year warranty! The WC150XP wide crown stapler is excellent for attaching corrugated to skids, furniture and cabinet frames, foam insulation and butt joints. Available on NGD for $249.00.
Bostitch Finish & Trim Compressor Kit
$250 & Over
 
  • Paslode CF325-Li: No hose or compressor required for this cordless framing nailer. The CF325-Li even includes a five-year manufacturer's warranty - and comes complete with rugged plastic carrying case, rechargeable lithium ion battery and charger, safety glasses, owner's manual and 5/32" hex wrench. Shoots both Paslode clipped head and Roundrive nails. This cordless framing nailer features new lithium ion technology for improved battery life and charge times. Additional features include the Quiklode fuel cell design for easy installation, new on/off battery position for added convenience, internal steel rings for longer tool life, heavy-duty utility hook, full body rubber grip, and nail lockout to prevent dry firing. The Paslode CF325Li cordless framing nailer is excellent for framing, wall sheathing, roof sheathing, floor decking and more. New price of $355.00 on NGD.
  • Senco DuraSpin Combo Kit: The Senco DuraSpin DS215-18V cordless collated screw gun promo kit, comes complete with (2) 18V Li-Ion batteries, charger, 2 drive bits, drywall and wood nosepiece, and soft storage bag. Features include tool-free adjustable nose piece for different length screws, quick-bit release, high-speed 5,000 RPM motor, patented corner fit feed system for easy wall and corner access, adjustable depth of drive with depth lock, variable speed trigger with lock and reverse, belt hook, and comfortable rubber hand grip to maximize comfort. This Senco DuraSpin cordless screw gun is excellent for drywall, subfloor, cement board, underlayment, sheathing to steel, metal framing, steel decking and rigid foam insulation. Also included, get a FREE 18V cut-out saw with the purchase of this DS215-18V DuraSpin promo kit - while supplies last. DuraSpin promo kits available on NGD for $259.00.
  • Powernail 2000: The Powernail 2000 is the industry's first air-powered, trigger-operated 20 gauge flooring nailer - designed to install tongue and groove engineered flooring from 5/16" to 9/16" in thickness. This Powernail cleat nailer offers consistent depth control, while ensuring precise angle and fastener placement. Its 20 gauge cleats are designed to minimize split out - even on the thinnest of floors. Available on NGD for only $285.00.
  • Senco Fusion F-16A: The perfect balance of user-friendliness and convenience, Senco's Fusion finish nailers are a hot-buy for the holidays. The F-16A, for example, comes complete with soft-sided carrying case, 18V Li-Ion battery and charger. Features include an adjustable belt hook, nose mounted LED light, selectable drive for sequential or bump fire operation, rugged aluminum magazine and drive cylinder, adjustable depth of drive, and patented reflex shot design for instant firing. Senco's Fusion cordless nailers boast the power of an air nailer with the convenience of cordless operation. The F-16A is ideal for finishing applications in construction, furniture and cabinet frames, molding, baseboards, and upholstery trim panels. Your choice of Senco Fusion nailer for only $349.00 on NGD.

Senco DuraSpin Combo Kit
Whether you are looking for an inexpensive stocking stuffer or a gift they'll never forget, Nail Gun Depot has something for every price-point. And don't forget, tools ship free with standard shipping. Order early and save big.
 
Here's To Nailing Your Holiday Wish List,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



November 25, 2014 : New Fastening Tools For The Holidays

New Fastening Tools For The Holidays

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer this year? Maybe it's time to treat yourself to a new tool? Regardless of who you are shopping for, we've got some nifty new items that are certain to be a hit this holiday season - on Nail Gun Depot.
 
Bostitch BTFP71875 
A handy new tool from Bostitch, the BTFP71875 pneumatic hammer stapler is capable of being used as a heavy-duty 3/8" crown stapler or 18 gauge brad nailer. Priced competitively for the holiday season, this handy little tool makes the perfect stocking stuffer. Compact, durable and easy to operate, this is the accessory tool every woodworker needs in their arsenal. If you are looking for something a little larger, the BTFP71875 is currently available as part of a combo kit, with 16 gauge finish nailer, 18 gauge brad nailer, and 6 gallon air compressor included. The Bostitch BTFP72646 3-Tool and Compressor Kit makes a great holiday gift for yourself - or someone else.
 
Bostitch Kit 
Speaking of compressors, Nail Gun Depot now carries J-Air gas and electric portable air compressors. Built to power several pneumatic tools at once, these industrial-grade compressors are commonly found on heavy-duty construction sites and in high-volume production facilities. With an available gas-powered Honda motor, J-Air is known for building safe and reliable products. If you are looking for a big ticket holiday gift, these compressors are worth a look.
 
J-Air Compressors 
New from Senco - and just in time for the holiday season - the RoofPro 445XP coil roofing nailer, features a thumbwell adjustable depth of drive, aluminum body for durability, bi-metal driver blade for reduced wear, two-piece firing valve design - reduces air consumption without compromise on power or speed, power in/power out pneumatic feed system design - improves speed and delivers consistent drives, adjustable/removable shingle guide, adjustable nail canister, comfort grip, and steel wear plates to reduce shingle wear. This Senco roofing nailer also features an easily serviceable design - with access to all wear parts from the top of tool. The Senco RoofPro 445XP is perfect for asphalt and fiberglass shingle nailing, for both new roofs and re-roofing. This tool is also ideal for attaching waterproof tar paper, metal drip edges, insulation board, and, with a special optional attachment, vinyl and aluminum siding. Oh, and did we mention it comes with a five-year warranty?
 
Senco RoofPro 445XP 
And don't forget, Nail Gun Depot is running some of our best discounts of the year for Black Friday (November 28th) and Cyber Monday (December 1st). Be sure to visit the site and take advantage of these great deals as we wrap-up 2014 with these and other holiday deals.
 
NGD Black Friday 
The Holiday Deal Experts,
Your Friends At Nail Gun Depot



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