Nail Gun for String Art?

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Westfarthing Woodworks asked 9 months ago

Hello, thank you so much for these very easy to follow instructions, and great tips too. I just started my first string art project and had some difficulty with all the nailing, so many nails, my goodness!

And after completion of getting the nails in, I’m a little disappointed of how crooked the nails are, after trying my hardest to get them as straight as possible.

Anyways, I was wondering if you might know of a nail gun out there on the market that allows you to gauge how far in the nail goes so you don’t go all the way through the wood, and of course to make the nails straight.


1 Answers
Westfarthing Woodworks answered 9 months ago

Thank you Katheryn. I know it can be frustrating hammering the nails by hand. I felt the same way in the beginning. Though I have experimented with the nail gun idea, I could never get it to be consistent.

It was also a little rough, because the blast sends the gun backwards, and brad nails are a little soft too. You also need an air compressor, lines, fittings, and setup before you can use a nail gun, which not everyone has.

On top of that, the nails are really bendy, meaning I don’t think they will hold up well against all the pressure from the string.

You would be much better with a small drill press, which you can find for about $99. You might also be able to get one that is second hand by looking online.

My drill press is older than I am, and it’s been a perfect tool for a very long time in my shop. Once you have a drill press, you will wonder how you ever did without it. I promise.

Happy building.

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