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tomsmyth 11-02-2012 08:44 AM

Installing quarter round in recessed area under cabinets
I need to install some quarter round in the recessed area under my cabinets where they meet the floor. I fear that I will not be able to swing a hammer at an appropriate angle to make the nails meet the floor. I will have to come in at an angle slightly steeper than 45 since there is a gap (hence the quarter round.) I suppose I could use especially long finishing nails. I would rather not rent a nail gun.


joecaption 11-02-2012 08:51 AM

Just nail then straight into the cabinets where the end panels are.
You could also use one of these.

tomsmyth 11-02-2012 08:52 AM

I'm just worried about either missing the panels or having to nail so near the edge of the quarter round that it splits.

bbo 11-02-2012 08:57 AM

would a palm nailer help?

the nail punch mentioned would help too i would think.

mae-ling 11-02-2012 10:59 AM

Nailers are great for this.
To prevent splitting you could predrill your nail holes.
Or just run the nail through your hair. The oils help it.

Perhaps 1/4" plywood painted to match the cabinets cut to the height of the toe kick. Maybe 1/8" less and put the gap at the top. where it won't be seen.

brockhouse 11-02-2012 01:32 PM

Use wood glue or PL to glue it to the kick board and drive 1.5" finish nails into the kick. If you use glue it means you will have to sink less nails making your job a bit easier!

woodworkbykirk 11-02-2012 08:01 PM

a palm nailer is too aggressive for finish nails,, they would just bend plus the palm nailers nail slot is too wide for such a small head

joecaption 11-02-2012 08:42 PM

I've never used it but my Grizzley palm nailer came with differant nail holders. One was for finish nails.

jschaben 11-02-2012 08:46 PM

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Two options come to mind.
Loctite makes an adhesive called "Power Grab" I used to put up some crown molding that worked very well. On the walls I did need a couple of pin nails to hold it in place while it set up (5 min or so) but on the floor, should not be an issue.
This may be more expensive than renting a nailer but it would be yours for this and future projects.


Missouri Bound 11-02-2012 10:51 PM

Ever hear of a brad pusher?

epson 11-02-2012 11:50 PM

you can use a brad nail driver like this

Hardwood Head 11-03-2012 04:26 PM

No need to rent a nail gun, compressor and purchase brad nails for this small job. Install the 1/4 round with a thin bead of construction adhesive only, a small amount of adhesive is needed. The amount of adhesive you apply will determine how the 1/4 round will sit against the base, so if the adhesive is apllied to heavy or thick when you press the 1/4 round into place the adhesive will squeeze out and make a mess. Run a continous bead of adhesive approx 1/8" thick along the bottom or floor side of the 1/4 round to avoid squeeze out, you can also go as far as to then spread the adhesive bead to the 1/4 round with a putty knife, wood shim or a scrap piece of wood. Use painters tape or another material that you can use to hold the 1/4 round in place until the adhesive sets up. There maybe a slight gap in some areas between the base and 1/4 round but even when 1/4 round is nailed it is not uncommon to have small gaps. Because your installing this under the cabinets it is some what hidden and not crutial to have a seamless install. Once installed and the adhesive is dry, fill the small gap between the 1/4 round and base with a paintable Dap caulking.

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