Tag Archives: Finish work

SENCO FinishPro 41XP 15ga. Finish Nailer

Tool: Senco FinishPro 41XP Finish Nailer

Uhm, I’ve been putting this review off. Why? Because this pneumatic nail gun is a Senco and it’s so lightweight and very good looking but there’s something about it’s action and shape I can’t get used to. As the primary means of fastening my work, the finish nailer is my most important pneumatic.


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3 tools for better wood filler

I’m not going to write a lot about these three products because I don’t want to give away too many secrets. If you’re looking for the best way to color match and apply nail filler in your finished woodwork then these are the three things you’ll need:

  1. Famowood Water-Based Wood Filler
  2. *Mixol Universal Tinting Paste – get a couple colors, a little goes a long way.
  3. Hyde Tools 3/4″ Flexible Putty Knife

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Paslode 3250-F16 Finish Nailer

Tool: Paslode 3250-F16 Finish Nailer

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15 years on a few drops of oil, my Paslode 3250-F16 has shot more finish nails than most people will ever get the opportunity to. How many houses in 10 years as a trim carpenter? How many thousands of feet of trim? How many hundreds of thousands of nails? This Paslode has really been a great tool.


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Paslode Cordless 16-gauge Angled Finish Nailer

Tool: Paslode Cordless 16 gauge Angled Finish Nailer

I have to be very careful not to swear while writing about my Paslode Cordless Finish Nailer. I have a serious love-hate relationship with this tool. For certain applications the Paslode Cordless Nailer is indispensable but that’s highly conditional upon it actually working. It’s truly unfortunate, my Paslode Cordless 16-gauge nailer is the most unreliable and unpredictable tool I have ever owned.


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Stanley 12-101 – Pocket Trimming Plane

Tool: Stanley 12-101 Small hand plane The small Stanley Trimming Plane is the perfect compliment to a Carpenter’s tool belt. I’ve had this little plane tucked in a pocket in my tool belt pouch for years. It’s not built for smoothing a board face, but it’s hard to compare for a quickly knocking off a sharp edge. [rating:5] Continue reading Stanley 12-101 – Pocket Trimming Plane

Fini Biscout Air Compressor

Tool: Fini Biscout Air Compressor
Date of Service: 1992

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The most important quality of my Italian-made Fini Biscout Air Compressor is the fact that it’s been in service for 17 years with no maintenance. I purchased this one in San Francisco in 1992 and I’ve been installing framing, siding and countless trim without a single day of down time. Continue reading Fini Biscout Air Compressor

Makita LS1013FL – Compound Miter Saw

Tool: Makita LS1013FL – 10″ Compound Miter Saw review
Date of Service: October 2008

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Time, after all, for a new sliding compound miter saw and my choice is the Makita LS1013, a 10″ dual bevel miter saw with laser and flex light. I mentioned in my Bosch review how a Compound Miter Saw is the foundational piece of equipment for my career as a builder. (Second only to my brain!) That said, why then would I go out on a limb and buy a 10″ Makita saw?


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Porter-Cable PIN100 23 gauge pin nailer

Tool: Porter-Cable PIN100 23 gauge pin nailer

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The Porter-Cable PIN100 is one of my favorite pneumatic tools. It’s a very handy nailer and saves a lot of time assembling. I use it for that third hand I always wish I had.

Cabinetmakers take notice, It doesn’t matter if you can’t afford the Grex P635 Pinner, you should have a 23 gauge nailer in your shop.

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Bosch 3915 10 inch Compound Miter Saw

Tool: Bosch 3915 10-inch Slide Compound Miter saw

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The single most important tool for my work is the sliding compound miter saw. The Bosch 3915 that I have used for the last decade replaced my aged Hitachi C8F. I remember deciding on the German/American Bosch saw and I didn’t go wrong.


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