Edge guide for Nailers

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Forum topic by PresidentsDad posted 08-23-2019 06:22 PM 255 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2019 06:22 PM

Hey all,
I’m curious about edge guides for nailers (like 23 ga or 18 ga). Grex has one on their “new” 21 gauge nailer and I wonder if anyone has a homegrown version on their nailer? The premise would be to drive nails at a consistent distance from the edge of the work.

Example from Grex

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#1 posted 08-23-2019 06:28 PM

I just clamp a spacer stick of scrap down, and reference the foot off the stick

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#2 posted 08-23-2019 06:35 PM

I just clamp a spacer stick of scrap down, and reference the foot off the stick

- ChefHDAN

Clamp to the gun or the work? If the gun is the mag strudy enough to handle clamping?

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#3 posted 08-23-2019 06:49 PM

I’ve used a piece if tape as a guide before. Then just line up the outer edge of the tip with the edge of the tape…

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#4 posted 08-23-2019 11:02 PM

Hot glue and a piece of wood to the bottom of the gun?

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#5 posted 08-23-2019 11:42 PM

I draw a line and aim carefully. Since I don’t use pin nails or anything else like that where it might show, I don’t worry too much about them being in a perfect line. The important thing, especially with pins, is that they don’t blow out the side of the board. I’ve actually had them do a U-turn and come out the face I was driving them into. They are easily diverted by the grain of the wood. The chisel geometry of the pins causes them to be more prone to curve sideways, relative to the nailer. Keep that in mind when you are aligning the nailer.

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#6 posted 08-24-2019 04:53 AM

I don’t see a need for a 21 ga nailer if you already have a 18 ga and a 23 ga nailer. I have them and don’t use them if at all possibly. Like what Rich is leaning toward “they don’t always shoot straight (18 or 23 ga). If it helps, you could epoxy a guide strip onto your ‘No-Mar Tip’ if you have one. This way you can remove the tip with the epoxied guide and save it for later. You may want to order a extra No-Mar Tip. My Hitachi came with two No-Mar tips for soft woods.

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