Brad Nails are Not the Same as Regular Nails

Brad nails are not the same as regular nails. This is common knowledge to a seasoned woodworker, but we all learned it somewhere. I learned it by brad nailing together a small book case for a friend. When it fell apart like a movie prop in a fight scene I knew that I made a mistake.

The Book Store is Now Open!   Happy Building!

brad nails are not the same as regular nailsAs a rookie woodworker, I made several mistakes along the way. I still make my share of mistakes to this day, but they are now father and fewer in between.

One of my most epic was using brad nails to make a book case for a friend. I had been making guitars for a while at that point, and I saw the book case as no real challenge.

After all, I was making instruments, and a book case didn’t have to sound good when I was done with it.

Having wanted a brad nailer for a long time, I saw the project as my opportunity to buy a new tool.

I celebrated the fact that I could shoot fifty nails in the time that you could pound one with a hammer, and I shot nails into that book case like they were free.

Free Woodworking Tips Delivered Every Monday! Add Me to the List!

Being so excited to play with my new tool, and having no idea that I needed glue in the joints, I just shot the entire thing together. It didn’t take long before it fell apart when I tried to move it.

A quick little bit of research showed me my mistake, and I re-built the piece.

a beginners guide to woodworking helping new woodworkers make better projects woodworking

The moral of the story is that brad nails are really just small clamps. Their purpose is to hold a piece together long enough for the glue to dry.

The glue is the real source of strength in a piece like this, not the tiny nails. If you are considering buying a brad nail gun, do yourself a favor. Buy a bottle of glue at the same time.

If you have any questions on Brad Nails are not the Same as Regular Nails, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Also, please share my work with your friends online. It helps me reach more woodworkers, and share my projects. Happy building.

More From Westfarthing Woodworks

woodworking and guitar making books
Buy My Woodworking Books on Amazon!

I give away the majority of my woodworking, wood finishing, and guitar making tips, but I also have several books if you want to take the next step.

You can see them in my Book Store, and they are all on Amazon.

Also, if you want to Join the Facebook Group, you can do that as well. We are just starting to grow a fantastic community and I would love for you to be part of it. 


Leave a Comment

An Exclusive Member of Mediavine Home

Westfarthing Woodworks LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.