Groove-joint pliers set brads safely in glass stop
The usual way to set glass in a door panel is to cut a rabbet in the back of the frame parts, drop in the glass, and then fix it in the rabbet by nailing thin wood strips, called stops, behind it. This creates a nice finished look, and the strips and glass are easily removed for repair. But it is tricky to drive in the tiny brads without hitting the glass with your hammer. On a huge display case with 20 glass doors that I was building recently, I came up with the idea of using groove-joint pliers to set the brads for the glass stop. I use a thin piece of laminate material to protect the glass from the pliers and a thin strip of wood to protect the outside of the frame. The pliers do the job quickly and easily, with a lot of control.
—Andy Olerud, Driggs, Idaho