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I’m working on a project where I am nailing Luan into 1x2’s. In just one of the panels (perhaps a slightly thinner one?) the nails are going so deep that the Luan is popping back away from the wood strips.

I’m using my Ryobi 16g finishing nailer with 1 inch nails, on the lowest setting.

Aside from using a bit of an angle, any other tips? It’s a relatively high volume so I’m trying to avoid hand nailing.

Thanks in advance!
 

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That's luan for ya. It will have soft spots and voids. That's why it's not acceptable for underlayment on a floor.

Maybe switch to an 18 gauge brad nailer or stapler with less punch, use wood glue behind the luan, and just enough nails to hold it into the glue.
 

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A narrow crown staple would hold it much better

That is what I used and 20 years later when I wanted to remove the luan it came off in tiny shreds, a really hard job. Staples work.
 
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