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    Re: brad nail size or length for boxes

    i got a $20 harbor freight nail gun. cant remember the size of the nails, but it worked fine for my 2.3 cubic foot box.



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    Re: brad nail size or length for boxes

    its the same one I got then if it is 20 dollars.



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    Re: brad nail size or length for boxes

    ya just cant remember the nail size i got. think it was the biggest it would use, but not 100% sure. i asked a guy there if it would be good enough to hold 3/4 mdf together till wood glue dried. he said ya since wood glue is what holds the box together once dry



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    Re: brad nail size or length for boxes

    I use 16g 2" long brad nails.

    The key to using nails is to glue and clamp the pieces together then nail them. The nail will not draw the wood together like screws so you need to make sure that your joint is tight before nailing. If your cuts are not right on then stick with screws.




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    Re: brad nail size or length for boxes

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    I use 16g 2" long brad nails.

    The key to using nails is to glue and clamp the pieces together then nail them. The nail will not draw the wood together like screws so you need to make sure that your joint is tight before nailing. If your cuts are not right on then stick with screws.
    with thick, long nails, and enough pressure, will it be ok without clamps?

    i didnt have clamps, and from what i can tell, i have no leaks, nor flex. (never really seen box flex, so might be over looking it) granted my box isnt too big



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    Re: brad nail size or length for boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by SPY View Post
    I use 16g 2" long brad nails.

    The key to using nails is to glue and clamp the pieces together then nail them. The nail will not draw the wood together like screws so you need to make sure that your joint is tight before nailing. If your cuts are not right on then stick with screws.
    with thick, long nails, and enough pressure, will it be ok without clamps?

    i didnt have clamps, and from what i can tell, i have no leaks, nor flex. (never really seen box flex, so might be over looking it) granted my box isnt too big



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    Re: brad nail size or length for boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by SPY View Post
    I use 16g 2" long brad nails.

    The key to using nails is to glue and clamp the pieces together then nail them. The nail will not draw the wood together like screws so you need to make sure that your joint is tight before nailing. If your cuts are not right on then stick with screws.
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    Re: brad nail size or length for boxes

    I finished 5 surround boxes today. It was fairly easy. I guess I just needed to clamp it harder and actually use glue. When I tried it out on the scrap pieces, I didn't have it tightly clamped or glued. But should I go with longer brads than 1-3/8"?



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    Re: brad nail size or length for boxes

    f'in double poast.



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    Re: brad nail size or length for boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by slim2fattycake View Post
    But should I go with longer brads than 1-3/8"?
    Not needed, in my opinion. 1.5" is what I used on my last box, worked fine. They're just there to hold everything together while the glue dries, allowing you to move on to the next step. If you want to add some structural integrity, then use drywall screws. Someone on the forums did a test not too long ago testing the breaking point of a 90 joint using different building techniques. Glue with screws held the best.



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    Re: brad nail size or length for boxes

    How big was the box you used 1.5" brads on?



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    Re: brad nail size or length for boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by slim2fattycake View Post
    How big was the box you used 1.5" brads on?
    Small, 1.5ft^3 at 28hz.



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