Because the woodworking project is to be paint grade, the builder can use as many screws and brad nails as desired, then minimize the number of holes by using filler that later will be painted over.
• There will be many small nails in the finished piece, which the builder does not want to be visible. He experiments on scrap wood with two automatic nailers, demonstrating the size hole that each leaves and discussing the advantages of joint made by each machine. The 15 gauge nailer leaves larger holes but creates a stronger joint. The 18 gauge nailer produces a joint that has some “wiggle,” yet still would be the preferred nailer for a stained project. Because the plans project will be painted, the builder selects the strength afforded by the 15 gauge nailer.
• The builder uses a drill press to clear a space just big enough to conceal a screw head for countersinking. He then drills a pilot hole inside each depression.
• The large project has to be laid out on the floor, but the builder cannot ensure that his floor is totally level. He takes steps to ensure that the front of the cabinet is totally flush, because that is the critical side of the media cabinet. This is a dry fit. The builder then removes the critical screws, adds a bead of clue to each dado, then refits and tightens the critical screws. The video ends with the casework finished, and with relatively few holes that will need filling.
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