November 18, 2014 : NGD's Best Products of 2014

NGD's Best Products of 2014

Black Friday around the corner means one thing - the end of 2014 is in sight. With the prospect of an even better 2015, we don't want to forget some of the fastening tools that continue to prove themselves among the best, again and again.
 
Fan Favorites for 2014:
 
Hitachi NR83A3 - An excellent option for framing applications, the Hitachi NR83A3 round head, plastic strip framing nailer is a leader in its class. A well-built pneumatic tool, this Hitachi nailer is one of the most-visited products on the Nail Gun Depot site. It's no surprise this nailer is so popular - after all, it features a five-year warranty, light-weight body, and durable design.
 
 Hitachi NR83A3
Senco PC1010 - The Senco PC1010 continues to serve the tool and fastener industry as one of its most popular compressors. This compact, hand-carry air compressor is ideal for anyone from amateur woodworkers to expert craftsmen. Don't plan on taking the PC1010 to framing job (you'll need a larger compressor for that), but for anyone powering a pneumatic finish and trim tool, this is the compressor for you. Featuring an oil-free pump, this Senco compressor is lightweight (only 20 pounds), durable and compact - oh and did we mention it's quiet too?
 
Senco PC1010 
Senco Fusion FN65DA - Some prefer to eliminate the air compressor all-together. Cutting the cords and moving beyond the limitation of an electrical outlet is quite appealing to many woodworkers and DIYer's - especially those on-the-go. For them, the Senco Fusion F-15 FN65DA cordless finish nailer remains a top-choice for finish and trim applications. Featuring an 18-V Lithium Ion battery that can drive up to 600 shots per charge - with a recharge time of approximately 45 minutes - the Senco Fusion is a great tool for hard to reach finish and trim work.
 
Senco Fusion 
Paslode T250A-F16 - An oldie but a goodie, the Paslode T250A-F16 continues to impress customers (DIY and professional) with its sturdy design and long-lasting lifespan. Ideal for finish and trim applications, don't plan on needing to replace this tool any time soon. This pneumatic nailer pairs nicely with the PC1010 compressor.
 
Paslode T250A-F 
Bostitch MFN201 - A tool that does not require a battery or compressor, the Bostitch MFN201 manual hardwood flooring nailer relies on human muscle - rather than alternative sources for power. Arguably the most popular flooring tool we carry, there must be some method to the madness. With a seven-year Bostitch warranty, the MFN201 flooring kit includes a graphite mallet, two flooring shoes (for 1/2" and  5/8" flooring), a heavy-duty carrying case, and hex wrenches. The MFN201 has proven itself a solid flooring nailer for solid hardwood floors.
 
Bostitch MFN201 
 
Best New Products for 2014:
 
Bostitch Cordless Carton Closing Staplers - As far as innovative, new products are concerned, the Bostitch DSW-3519 and DSW-3522 cordless carton closing staplers are among our favorite new items of 2014. The first of their kind, increase the productivity of any packing and shipping operation with these handy tools. Drive up to 800 staples per 45 minute charge. Featuring an easy-load magazine and dial-a-depth adjustment for precise placement, what's not to love about these carton closing tools?
 
Bostitch Cordless Carton Closer 
Senco FinishPro 21LXP - New from Senco, the FinishPro 21LXP fills a major gap in the finish and trim tool segment, seated right between the 18 gauge brad nailer and 23 gauge pin nailer. This 21 gauge pin nailer is designed for light wood assembly, craft work and trim. Featuring automatic magazine adjustment, a rear exhaust with embedded muffler, ultra-narrow nose, and last-nail-lockout to prevent dry firing, the 21LXP is drawing quite a bit of attention from others in its class.
 
Senco 21LXP 
Paslode 50th Anniversary Framing Nailer - When it comes to nail guns, most contractors agree, Paslode does it right. Celebrating 50 years in the pneumatic fastening industry, Paslode launched the F-350S anniversary framing nailer to commemorate the occasion. In addition to it's unique orange color scheme, this Paslode framing nailer also features a new valve design - for durability and increased power.
 
Paslode 50th Anniversary Framing Nailer 
Cadex CB18.50A - New from Cadex, the CB18.50A is the 18 gauge brad nailer that everyone is talking about this year. Featured in Woodworker's Journal (July 2014), the CB18.50A features a combination trigger for single and bump fire, large magazine window, quick release nose for jam clearing, side-load magazine, adjustable depth, comfort grip handle, rear exhaust, blower, 360 degree movable coupler, no-mar tip, anti-dry fire mechanism, and a carrying case. Try saying that list of features in one breath!
 
Cadex CB18.50 
Bostitch Smart Point Finish & Brad Nailers - Last, but not least, we couldn't forget the Bostitch Smart Point series of finish and trim nailers. What's the benefit to Smart Point you ask? With a narrow nose that can reach into tight spaces, Smart Point not only improves versatility, it also reduces the amount of damage caused to a surface while firing. Available in a 15 gauge DA, 15 gauge FN, 16 gauge straight and 18 gauge brad variation, there's a Smart Point for everyone.
 
Bostitch Smart Point 
 
Nailing A Successful Holiday Season,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot
 



November 12, 2014 : Visiting The 2014 STAFDA Show

Visiting The 2014 STAFDA Show

You were probably surprised to see there wasn't a new NGD blog post yesterday. Well, we're making up for it today, now that we're back from STAFDA.
 
STAFDA 2014 
To summarize the entire 2014 STAFDA show, we would have to write a book. With several hundred exhibitors - and many more attendees - STAFDA is a mecca for the tool and fastener industry. Every year, the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) puts on the event, hosting the convention in various cities across the U.S.
 
STAFDA 2014 
This year, STAFDA visited Charlotte, NC. Home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and other attractions, here's a brief overview of NGD's trip to North Carolina.
 
Charlotte, NC 
As tool and fastener technology continues to grow, STAFDA is a great place to catch a glimpse of the latest and greatest within the industry. Among highlights of the show, we caught a close-up glance at the Bostitch Smart Point nailers - as well as their all-new cordless carton closing staplers. We also saw QuikDrive's new cordless motor (powered by Fein), capable for use with all QuikDrive attachments. Stinger featured all of their cap fastening tools - and we saw an up close demonstration of the stand-up CAMO hidden-deck fastening tool.
 
CAMO EdgePro 
From Senco, STAFDA served as the launching point for two new tools, the RoofPro 445XP and the SCN63LDXP structural foam insulation nailer. MAX displayed their completely refreshed CN565S2 coil siding nailer - and Jaaco featured their ballistic pin tool (designed for fastening foam board to wood, steel and concrete - with available nosepiece attachments for washers).
 
Pneu Tools 
Pneu Tools also debuted their new concept, a camouflage tool color scheme - pictured above. And we visited our friends at Cadex to check out their rock-solid line of finish and trim tools - including the CB18.50A.
 
BeA Rolling Tool 
We also got the chance to view and demo some new and exciting product lines - including products that are still in the concept phase. For 2015, look for new tools from Grex, Fasco, BeA, Everwin, Omer and many of your other favorite brands. Look for expanded product offerings on NGD as well - with new attachments, compressors and accessories coming to the site. For those interested in automated fastening solutions, we have something special in the works as well.
 
Your Tool & Fastener Experts,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



November 4, 2014 : How To Select The Right Finish Nailer For Your Project

How To Select The Right Finish Nailer For Your Project

Shopping for a new finish nailer can be a daunting task if you haven't done your homework first. While many models look and feel very similar, there are certain features that set one finish nailer apart from the other. Depending on your needs, this can play a major role in making an informed decision - leading to a purchase. Let's take a look at the differences between certain types of finishing nail guns.
 
Bostitch Smart Point
Let's start with 15 gauge finish nailers. These tools are ideal for projects such as cabinet and furniture building, picture frame assembly, trim and molding installation, and upholstery trim applications. Look for an angled nail magazine on most 15 gauge finish nailers. While there aren't many cordless 15 gauge models available, the Senco F-15 Fusion fills the void - quite well - eliminating the need for an air compressor with its 18V Lithium Ion Battery. Furthermore, the Senco Fusion (available in 15 gauge, 16 gauge - straight and angled, and 18 gauge variations) recently took top honors in a comparison test conducted by Popular Mechanics Magazine.
 
Senco Fusion 
Similarly, 16 gauge finish nailers are ideal for many of the same applications as their 15 gauge counterpart. This includes projects such as installing door and window trim, baseboards, paneling, crown modeling, door jambs and more. The biggest difference between the two tools, 16 gauge finish nailers are generally smaller and lighter. Because 16 gauge nails have a slightly smaller diameter, many believe that the 15 gauge nail provides more holding power - depending on the type project you are looking to complete. You can find a wide variety of both angled and straight magazine 16 gauge finish nailers. Another cordless tool that ranks highly with contractors, the Paslode IM250A-Li drives 16 gauge angled finish nails and comes with a five-year warranty from Paslode.
 
Paslode IM250A-Li 
Arguably, the most popular among finish nailer buyers who are purchasing a tool for DIY or occasional-use, 18 gauge brad nailers are built to handle trim, paneling, furniture repair and so much more. Brad nailers act as the catch-all tool for finish and trim applications. Keep in mind, brad nailers that can handle a 2" or larger fastener lend the most versatility. One of our favorites, Bostitch recently launched its Smart Point line of finsh and brad nailers. These tools are pneumatic, which means you'll need an air compressor, but offer some of the most precise nail placement available. The advantage to Smart Point, a narrow nose allows the user to access hard to reach areas with ease - while also reducing surface damage caused during firing. Similar to the Fusion family, Bostitch offers a Smart Point nailer in 15 gauge (DA and FN), 16 gauge, and 18 gauge variations.
 
Bostitch Smart Point Nose 
Last in the finish fastening family, pin nailers offer the least holding power, but are perfect for projects that require a small nail, such as those used in birdhouse building, small trim, picture frame work, and light wood assembly. Commonly available in either a 21 gauge or 23 gauge variation - 23 gauge being most popular - pin nailers are ideal for any application that requires a narrow fastener. Pin nails are also available in both headless and headed variations, just be sure that the tool you are using is compatible with the fastener you are intending to use. When it comes to pin nailers, Grex maintains a commanding share of the market - offering six different models of 23 gauge pin nailer. Affordable and reliable, Grex pin nailers are a safe choice for any first-time buyer.
 
Grex 23 Gauge Pin Nailers 
Now that you know the difference between finish, brad and pin nailers - which one best suits you?
 
Your Finish Nailer Experts,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



October 28, 2014 : How To Build and Install Your Own Kitchen Cabinets

How To Build and Install Your Own Kitchen Cabinets

Chilly temperatures and shorter periods of daylight mean one thing - winter is near. With Halloween less than a week away, it's time to start thinking about the indoor projects you've been putting off all summer. If you're looking to renovate your kitchen, consider building and/or installing your own kitchen cabinets - a project that can save thousands of dollars if done correctly.
 
OMER Cabinet Trim 
Before you start, make sure you are up for the challenge. If you've never tackled a project like this before, you might want to purchase pre-built cabinets and jump straight to installation. If you decide to start from scratch, keep in mind this project will take a good amount of time and dedication to complete - especially for larger kitchens. However, for the master woodworker, the end result could be well worth the time - just make sure you have a helper or two for lifting and mounting.
 
Building Your Cabinets
 
If you are starting from scratch, make sure you have the proper materials. Traditionally, cabinets are about 24" deep and 34.5" tall - with a 25" deep counter top - which adds up to an overall height of 3 feet. To calculate the placement for upper cabinets, add 18" to 20" to the counter height. Subtract the difference from your overall ceiling height to determine the size range available for your upper cabinets. Keep in mind, regular wall cabinet depth is 12" to 14". Lower cabinet width can range from 12" to 60" - divided down in 3" increments. Make sure you also account for door size when planning the size of your cabinets.
 
Next, you will need to cut your materials for assembly. For the sides, appearance really doesn't matter (unless it's an edge cabinet) - as long as your material is sturdy enough to support the cabinet, counter and all of the contents inside your cabinet. You might find that 3/4" plywood or manufactured board works well. Once the sides have been cut to proper dimensions, clamp your two sides together and use a saw to cut out a toe-kick (notch) where the base of your floor cabinets will be. For upper cabinets, you will not need a toe-kick. To finish up prepping material, cut the bottom panel, the face panels, as well as two base panels and two top braces - base panels and top braces not needed for wall cabinets.
 
Moving to assembly, you will want to put together the base first. Make sure you have a high-quality wood glue and power drill or screw gun available for this step, as you will attach your base panels to the bottom panel. Make sure to allow the proper amount of space for your toe-kick before gluing together. Drive screws into the base panels to confirm a secure fit. Add your side panels, secure the top braces, and nail the back on using a finish nailer. Use braces or corner brackets to secure the unit and reinforce its integrity. Install shelves and face panels before attaching your cabinets to the wall.
 
Depending on the thickness of board you are working with, Bostitch is now offering its all-new Smart Point line of finish nailers. Smart Point finish nailers feature a unique nose that increases the capability of these tools - while decreasing the amount of damage caused to a surface during firing.
 
Bostitch Smart Point 
Installing Your Cabinets
 
For time conscious DIYer's and renovators that skipped the previous steps and purchased pre-built cabinets from the store, it's now time to install your new kitchen cabinets. Installation is relatively easy - especially for floor cabinets. Simply fit your cabinets where they are intended to be installed, and drive screws through the back panel into studs in the wall. For wall cabinets - where additional support is imperative - you will also need to secure "L" brackets into studs in the wall, to help support these hanging cabinets at their base.
 
To drive screws quickly and effectively, we recommend a Senco DuraSpin Screw Gun. With several different fasteners to choose from, the new Senco DuraSpin comes highly recommended by many of the Pro's.
 
Senco DuraSpin 
Fit your door panels and fasten - assuming they haven't been installed yet. Depending on the type of kitchen cabinet you are building or installing, you will also have to install your counter, sink, decorative trim or any additional accessories not mentioned.
 
Be sure to pay careful attention to manufacturer specs on any material or pre-manufactured goods. Always follow manufacturer assembly, installation and safety requirements. Keep in mind that this is an overview of tips and tricks for kitchen cabinet assembly and installation. Every kitchen is different, and might require additional steps or measurements be taken.
 
Here's To Nailing Your Next Cabinet Installation,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



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