How To Use A Framing Nailer With An Air Compressor

A finish nailer is an essential tool for any woodworking project that requires finishing touches, such as baseboards or crown molding. Using an air compressor to power the finish nailer can make your work more efficient and precise. In this article, we will go over the steps on how to use a finish nailer with an air compressor.

Step 1:

Set up the air compressor Before you can use the finish nailer, you need to set up the air compressor. Make sure the air compressor is plugged in and turned on, and check the oil level if it is an oil-lubricated model. Adjust the pressure of the air compressor to match the recommended pressure of the finish nailer. Knowing what size air compressor your finish nailer needs is important. Typically, finish nailers require 70 to 120 PSI.

Step 2:

Connect the finish nailer to the air compressor Connect the air hose to the air compressor and the other end to the finish nailer. Make sure the connection is secure, and that the air hose is long enough to allow you to move around your workspace comfortably.

Step 3:

Load the nails Before using the finish nailer, make sure it is properly loaded with nails. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to load the nails into the magazine. Make sure the magazine is fully loaded before using the finish nailer.

Step 4:

Adjust the depth of the finish nailer Adjust the depth of the finish nailer based on the thickness of the wood you will be nailing into. This will ensure that the nails are driven in at the right depth, without splitting the wood.

Step 5:

Test the finish nailer Before using the finish nailer on your project, test it on a scrap piece of wood to make sure the depth is set correctly. This will also give you a chance to practice your technique.

Step 6:

Use the finish nailer Hold the finish nailer firmly against the surface you will be nailing into, with the nose of the nailer touching the surface. Pull the trigger to drive the nail into the wood. Move the nailer along the surface, nailing as you go. Use caution when working near the edges of the wood to avoid splitting.

Step 7:

Clean and maintain the finish nailer and air compressor After using the finish nailer and air compressor, make sure to clean them and remove any debris. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper cleaning and maintenance to keep them in good working condition.


Using an air compressor finish nailer can make your woodworking projects easier and more efficient. By following these steps, you can use a finish nailer with an air compressor with confidence, achieving professional-looking results.


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