Best brand of electric powered nail gun for 1" thick wood projects?

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  • on Dec 17, 2018

    We have a Ryobi and we LOVE it. Here it is in action:

  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Dec 17, 2018

    The problem with electric nailers is that they don’t have much power and so they can’t drive nails more than 1” which won’t suit your needs. There are battery powered nail guns that will shoot much longer nails but they are a lot more expensive. Your last option is to get an air nailer kit with a small air compressor an air gun and air hose. Many of these will drive up to a 2” nail (brad). Below is a link to one such kit on Amazon.

  • By Brittany Goldwyn By Brittany Goldwyn on Dec 17, 2018

    We have a Dewalt cordless battery operated nailer that is plenty powerful for our needs.

  • Seth Seth on Dec 17, 2018


    Think about your choice as a long term investment. Which will give you the most versatility for future projects beyond the one you are doing now? Buy the best you can afford. All the big box stores and Amazon sell multi-gun packages with compressors, which will be less than buying each piece separately. Whatever you choose, you will love having one. A regular DIYer can make do with one of the less expensive kits. All the major manufacturers make decent ones. I have the Porter Cable. I've had a few minor issues with it, but it does everything I need it to. Check out these:

    • Nancy Wright Nancy Wright on Dec 17, 2018

      Thanks for taking the time to respond. I'm still not quite sure what to go with but will try a battery operated and if that doesn't work out I will take it back. I just want to do some small projects like making a cabinet using 1" X 4"'s or 1" X 6". So I won't need a framer, maybe just one that uses 16 or 18 gauge, up to 2" long brads. I hope that is right for this kind of work. The main thing I'm not sure of is what gauge brad to use.

  • Seth Seth on Dec 17, 2018

    For cabinet making use 18g. I use 2.5" 16g for some types of interior trim and baseboard. If you are joining 1x boards, which are only 3/4" thick, then 1.5" straight brads would be the right length. Depending on the size and type of cabinet you are making, you may want to consider pocket screws and glue, especially if you are making face frames. Remember not to use brads to join mitered corners. It will be a weaker joint and more likely to split. I've never used a cordless nailer so I'll defer to others on the best choice. Hope this helps.

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