The porter cable pancake is, we run 2 framing guns off it onI am using 6 gal or 4 gal double stacked hotdog tank style compressor and I can shoot 2" medium crown staples at 100 PSI setting flush to the box. Pancake style compressor may not be powerful enough.
My understanding is that the nail/staple is only used to hold the wood together until the glue dries. If that's true, what difference the length of nail/staple?I have some boxes where someone used 1 1/4" x 1/4" crown staples. They do not stay together. Most of mine are 1 1/2" 1/4" crown staples and they do well. If my gun would take longer staples I would use them...
I think that is telling you that maybe your understanding needs some fact checking Myself, I am a belt and suspenders guy; if one fails the other takes over!My understanding is that the nail/staple is only used to hold the wood together until the glue dries. If that's true, what difference the length of nail/staple?
Those betterbee 7/8" box material is very nice stuffTightbond III glue in conjunction with a "Max" brand pneumatic nailer shooting 3" stainless steel ringshank nails. (I used to use a 3lb sledge hammer to drive similar nails into the boxes). I use the overflow glue to seal the end grain. I also use BetterBee boxes, which are made from 7/8" stock, rather than the standard 3/4" stock. My assembled boxes are rock solid.
I have a few boxes which are the standard 3/4" stock held together with just nails. These 3/4"/nails-only boxes are noticeable less rigid than my glued BetterBee boxes.
I don't paint or otherwise seal my boxes, hence I use the SS nails to avoid rust stains caused by regular nails. Purely an aesthetic consideration.
Harbor Freight 18 gauge in assorted lengths. Under 20 dollars at HF.
These are great until they break. I have a broken Senco that cost about $200 well over 30 years ago. When it broke, I went to the harbor freights. They work well. I have probably 6 broken ones. Latest addition is a Hitachi which looks like the HF models, but has been going strong for maybe 3 years. I recommend Hitachi.