I love the shape and function of a manual flooring nailer — it just goes to show how specific requirements can lead to creative and elegant solutions. The tall handle helps relieve back strain from bending down to work on a floor all day. The cleat on the foot helps to snug the boards up tight against each other. The striker works with the cleat for tight joints but also allows for odd angles and tighter spacing of the nails. And it just looks cool.
This particular Bostitch nailer lists on Amazon for $230, so it’s a bit too expensive to display on a coffee table for its looks alone — but if you put in wood floors you’d have an excuse.
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