Brad Nails

Brad nails, also known as brads, are thin, 18-gauge - 23-gauge nails that are designed for fastening lightweight trim and molding to wooden surfaces. They are similar to finish nails but are thinner and have a smaller head. Brad nails are typically used in finish carpentry, cabinetmaking, and other woodworking applications where a discreet and non-obtrusive fastening method is desired.

Key characteristics of brad nails include:

  • Size: Brad nails are typically available in gauges ranging from 18 to 23, with lower gauge numbers indicating thicker nails. The most common sizes are 18-gauge and 23-gauge brad nails.
  • Length: Brad nails are available in various lengths, typically ranging from 5/8 inch (16mm) to 2 inches (50mm).
  • Head Style: Brad nails have small, rounded heads that are designed to leave minimal visible marks on the workpiece. They are often countersunk using a nail set or a brad nailer to ensure a clean, flush finish.
  • Material: Brad nails are usually made of steel or stainless steel and are available in various finishes, including galvanized and coated versions for corrosion resistance.
  • Application: Brad nails are commonly used for attaching thin pieces of trim, such as baseboards, crown molding, and chair rails, as well as for assembling small wooden parts and delicate woodworking projects. They are less likely to split the wood and leave smaller holes compared to thicker nails.

To fasten brad nails, a brad nailer, also known as a finish nailer, is typically used. This tool allows for precise placement and consistent depth of nail penetration, making it a popular choice for finish carpentry and cabinetry work. The small size and minimal visibility of brad nails make them an excellent choice for projects where aesthetics and a clean finish are important.