Nail-gun convert Robert M. Vaughan has learned to appreciate pneumatic guns. They leave no marks, inject nails into the wood (breaking fewer wood fibers and thus holding better), and they leave a hand free to hold the work. He explains here how they work, how to wade through the catalogs of them and choose one, and how to select nails, brads, and staples. He addresses safety issues and talks about how to shoot fasteners. He discusses other equipment you’ll need (air compressors), and how to lubricate and maintain nailers. There are things that can go wrong, and he offers advice on how to fix them. Side information talks about all the ways pneumatic nail guns help around the shop, and which nail guns different woodworkers, from Philip C. Lowe to Norm Abram, use in their shops and for which jobs.

From Fine Woodworking #114