All in the palm of your hand

At the June meeting (catching up a bit here) of the Minnesota Woodworker’s Guild, we did a tool test out at Forest Products Supply where we have held a number of our meetings. At this meeting a tool company came in with some tools and used us as testers. Some of the tools were prototypes. We each had to sign a NDA, it was all very secretive so I can’t give details. We’ve done this once before and it’s a good time.

The tools this night were all of a pneumatic nature – not something I use a lot. But it was nice to see what’s out there. There was one kind of tool there that I’d never seen before. And when I used it made me say, “whoa.”

That thing is called a palm nailer. You push the front of that on the nail. It’s loud and your hand vibrates for about a second as this thing pushes the nail into the board. It’s very freaky. I’m told that this is handy of you have elbow or shoulder problems and need to do a lot of framing. I can see it would be very handy putting nails into tight places where you can’t swing a hammer. But I’d wonder how my hand and arm would feel after a day of vibrating nails into lumber.

We spent a couple hours trying and talking about tools, and filled out our surveys. Then the evening wrapped up with what might be many member’s favorite part of these tool tests: where they raffle off a number of the tools. But no, the next time I need to drive a nail I won’t be using any free pneumatic gear to drive it.


About johnjoiner

Computer nerd by day, Dad and woodworker by night. Woodworking blog at
This entry was posted in tools. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s