If you're interested in getting started in
woodworking by building small projects, you really don't need a fully equipped
shop. With a little creativity, you can build just about any small project with
a circular saw, a jigsaw and a screw gun. As your skill level, project complexity
and knowledge increase, you'll know what power tools are next on your wish list.
You can use a "pinner" or trim gun for more than fastening projects together. For example, try using it to build mock-ups or test-fit pieces.
But there is one basic tool you really should
invest in for your budding hobby, and that's an 18-gauge "pinner," or trim gun.
It shoots brads with very small heads, leaving itty-bitty, easily filled holes.
You can buy a high-quality pinner for less than $100 or a kit that includes a
small compressor and an air hose for less than $200—so we're not talking
elephant bucks here.
Most pinners shoot brads starting at lengths of
5/8 in., 1 in. and then in ¼-in. increments up to 2 in. You can get started
with a small brad package containing a few racks of each size for about $10. I
use my pin gun for a myriad of tasks besides pinning together projects. I build
mock-ups, test-fit pieces, tack together boards for glue-ups (so they don't
slide around during clamping), and even add braces and gussets to hold parts
during assembly. Just last night, I tossed together a varnishing drying rack with
scrap and 1-1/2-in. pins. Once you have one, you'll wonder how you got along
without it. And if you're doing any trim inside the house, you'll have the tool
for the job. So don't mess around—go get yourself a pinner. ASAP!
— Travis Larson, Senior Editor
For more information on trim guns and
woodworking, check out these articles:
How to Use a Trim Nailer Gun
Top Trim Carpentry Tools