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#1 posted 01-26-2018 05:02 PM

You mentioned the chiseled tip on the nails, so I assume that you are aware that you need to hold the nail gun perpendicular to the plywood(or molding) edge?
Another mistake I see quite a few people make, is using nails that are too long for the given task. The longer the nail, especially with the lighter gauge 23 s, the more prone they are to curl/veer.

- Tony_S

The brads can usually only bend left or right so if you orient the gun properly and don’t nail too close to the end, it is less likely to veer off course and if it does it will still be inside the plywood.

What I have done when I have forgotten this or couldn’t turn the nail gun in the proper orientation was to pull the brad all the way through where it protruded to remove the errant brad. Of course fixing the damaged veneer is another problem.

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