Well, Iím making good progress on my fireplace mantel and surround project, but Iím getting closer and closer to the point that I always dread when I build anything, that is, the nailing issue. I hate using a nailset, since no matter how careful I am, I usually miss one or two and wind up banging the wood or being unable to set the nail deep enough.
Now I have an even bigger problem, since with my mantel project, Iíll be installing many moldings onto it. The smallest molding that Iíll be using is a base molding made of oak. The molding is about 1 3/4 inches tall and about 3/4 inches thick in the "fat" part, but the place where Iíll be nailing (into the recessed area) is only 3/16 inch thick. Iíll be nailing this molding onto a piece of 3/4 inch solid oak.
Iíve been getting very serious about getting a compressor and nail gun set. Home Depot has a Porter-Cable set with a nice compressor and a 16 gauge finish nailer and an 18 gauge brad nailer. I know that Iíd use the finish nailer on the "big" parts of the project (those where Iíd be nailing 3/4 oak onto 3/4 oak), but itís the molding that Iím worried about, so hereís my question.
Will the 18 gauge brad nailer be what Iíd need for attaching the molding (at the 3/16 inch point) into the 3/4 inch oak? If anyone says that the 18 gauge brad would be too large and that Iíd need a 23 gauge pin nailer instead, then the Home Depot kit wouldnít help me, since it has no pin nailer included.
Maybe I should be asking this question also. Is there any rule of thumb that can be used to determine what type fastener (finish nail, brad nail or pin nail) to use in a given situation?