Hand Nailer

Assemble wooden products.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hand Nailers do?

Assembles wooden products, such as boxes, packing cases, kegs, pallets, furniture frames, door and window units, and hogshead subassemblies, using handtools: Positions workpiece on table, floor, easel, or jig, according to verbal instructions, and nails or staples materials together at designated points, using hammer, pneumatic gun, or staple gun. Drives nails in carvings, molding, and scroll work, using hammer, before attaching to furniture. Attaches metal cleats to bottoms of nail kegs to reinforce containers, using hammer and nails. Clinches exposed nail ends and places assembled unit aside for further processing or shipment. May insert bolts in predrilled holes and tighten bolts with wrench. May glue joints before nailing. May record production. May repair containers and be designated Box Repairer. May be designated according to product assembled as Box Maker, Wood; Panel Maker.

Should I be a Hand Nailer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Nailer, Hand

    How to become a Hand Nailer

    Hand Nailers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Hand Nailer-related education!
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