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Old 03-12-2013, 12:26 AM   #1
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What Kind of Nailer is Best for MDF?

Hoping to tap into the collective knowledge/experience base of the community here in asking .....

What kind of nailer (i.e. brad, framing, finishing) - and gague - would be best for getting through 3/4" MDF
- into your standard 2x4 (or most any kind of wood and/or plywood)?

THANK YOU MUCH in advance for any thoughts, insight and/or advice you can provide.



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Old 03-12-2013, 06:17 AM   #2
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I've only used a brad nailer for 3/4" MDF before but it worked very well.. I think that a 15 gauge nailer would also work well.. Not too sure about a framing nailer because I know that MDF likes to split when you drive something the size of a framing nail into the 'end grain'. Not sure what you're building but my experience is with building subwoofer boxes out of 3/4" MDF and I found brad nails and yellow carpenter's glue the way to go.


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i built a fireplace mantle out of MDF and used an 18 guage brad nailer and never had a problem
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Would help if you told us exactly what it is your building or trimming.
I use a finish nailer most of the time on MDF trim. Reason being is a brad has no head so a finsih nail will hold better.
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Like Joe said....what are you making? There are only a few things that I would even consider using 3/4" MDF on....I really prefer real wood...
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Initially, I would say use a 15g finish nail, I would try and glue it as well. But like others have said, without knowledge of what it is you are trying to do my answers are subjective.


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