We’re big advocates of using small brads to hold together glue joints in quick-build furniture. Sure, it’s not a method you’ll use on heirloom projects, but if you just need to throw together a quick-‘n-cheap bookcase out of hardwood ply, they beat the crap out of clamping and waiting. This looks like an even better tool for the job: Bostitch’s 23-gauge headless pinner.
If shoots straight pins — available in lengths from 1/2″ to 1-3/16″ — easily into hardwood. And once buried in the wood, the pins leave only a tiny, speck-sized hole that’s uber-easy to fill — much smaller than those left by standard brads.
The Bostitch pinner features a simple power control; turning a small lever allows you to adjust the force with which the tool drives pins. Our brief experience showed that on the lightest setting, the Bostitch drove pins only a short way into a pine 2×4, while on the highest setting it buried them.
Though jams seem unlikely (considering the headless pins), clearing a jam seems reasonably simple, requiring a small hex-wrench to remove the top plate and expose the entire mechanism. The Bostitch also can accept various pin sizes in the same load — another advantage of utilizing headless pins.
The kit includes the pinner, a 1/4″ air fitting, and 500 each of Bostitch’s 1/2″, 3/4″, and 1″ pins, plus a molded plastic carry case. Street pricing starts around $130.