In this quick guide, we’ll cover the do’s and don’ts of staple guns. Remember, a staple gun is different from a nail gun – as you can see in our informational article here – but its safety and handling rules are very much the same.
DO: Understand The Anatomy of a Staple Gun
Staple guns use a system of compressed air which can rapidly and powerfully shoot staples into wood. You should understand how this air compression system works, and what part of the tool it comes from.
Normally, a staple gun comes attached to a motor with a cord. Sometimes, the motor is attached to the gun part itself. You can see and hear the motor running in order to make the compressed air system function.This part will resemble the back of a hair dryer, with a ventilation and fan system working to heat and cool the motor at once.
Staple guns that use compressed air systems are known as pneumatic staple guns. Other types of staple guns include electric and manual guns, although compressed air staple guns are by far the most popular and widely sought-after guns in the carpentry world.
Your staple gun should have an apparent trigger, much like the handle of an actual gun. This is what you can press when you want to release one of its industrial staples. These staplers will release a staple very quickly, so be sure that you’re prepared before pulling the trigger.
DO NOT: Use a Staple Gun Without Protection
Just like we mentioned in our table saw safety tips article, you should never use a staple gun without applying the proper protection fist. We recommend putting on your best pair of impact-resistant eyewear glasses before turning on your staple gun. Since stapling or upholstering your furniture requires you to get up close and personal with your work, your eyes are only inches away from this powerful, fast-acting tool. You must stay protected or risk losing your vision.
Remember that staples come out of a lightning-fast air compressor, and when the staples shoot out, they are determined to punch the first thing they come in contact with. Plus, if you’ve been in the furniture industry for a while, you know how permanent those staples can be once they’ve made it to their destination. Stapling yourself in the eye is quite the unappealing experience, to put it mildly.
DO: Use Dry and Clean Air to Power the Staple Gun
DO NOT: Point the Muzzle of the Gun At Anyone
DO: Inspect Your Staple Gun Every Day
DO NOT: Use the Gun if a Part Isn’t Working
DO: Fire Staples into the Wood
DO NOT: Use the Staple Gun as a Hammer
Take These Tips to Heart!
Our Tool Nerds team is passionate about helping you make the right choices and find the right tools and equipment for your favorite projects. We know how popular certain air-compressed tools like staple guns are becoming in the modern industry, and as you invest in exciting new opportunities, we want to make sure that you are staying safe at all times. This simple list of do’s and don’ts should help you figure out the best way to use your staple gun.
If you’re interested in learning more about staple guns, you can check out our other staple gun articles here. Now you’re well on your way to building some great pieces of furniture!