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Anyone using composite nails (like Raptor?)10/17
Just asking around if anyone is using composite nails in any part of their cabinet manufacturing and general woodworking.
We're considering using them for a few purposes in the shop, mostly in places where we would want to avoid steel (such as parts that might get cut with holesaws, tablesaws, etc) and possibly use them when fastening some items down to the spoilboard of our CNC.
We are looking mostly at using a 15 gauge, 1-1/4" nail. I actually have a sample box on hand, but didn't realize that these were designed for straight nailers rather than angled nailers. I can't even find a cheapo version of a straight 15 gauge gun to test these out. My only option would be to buy the $300 gun they sell (which is probably a nice gun either way).
Just looking to see if anyone has tried using this, such as nailing two layers of particleboard together (laminate countertop) or for fastening small items down to your CNC spoilboard. Looking for experience/advice.
I have the gun and the nails. They are both junk IMO. You can't fasten anything down to the spoilboard with them. And for $300 I expected to have a higher quality gun. Don't waste your money
I have some samples that I got (had to pay for them of course) that I thought would fit our 15 gauge Senco (the most common style of 15g nail).
Turns out, I was unknowingly ordering straight sleeves rather than angled sleeves.
I found that if I spoon fed them to the nailer, i could test it out. I actually was able to nail 3/4" plywood together (poplar core) but MDF was just too dense, every nail shattered before it even began to penetrate further than the dimple left by the gun's hammer.
These were 1-1/4" nails going through 3/4" doubled up.
Hmm, I have a 15 gauge Omer gun, and lots of Raptor nails from 1/2" to 2" IIRC. I mainly used 1 1/4 and 1 1/2.
Before I went to a universal vacuum on my CNC router, I used the Raptor nails to pin down a lot of plywood, some hardwood etc and it certainly worked just fine. I used to shoot the nails through 3/4" hard maple often.
Now I just use the gun in the shop to pin things I will have to machine later on. I can shoot and set a nail in solid hardwood. MDF, ply etc is absolutely no issue. Dont know why others might have had issues. I run 100 PSI in my shop air piping.