Inventor of the Nail Gun

The Spruce Goose was the largest airplane ever built. It flew only once.
••• Jupiterimages/ Images

Nail guns are commonplace at many construction sites. These tools blast nails into the intended surface one after another, a speedier and more efficient process than doing it by hand with a hammer. The nail gun was invented by an astronautical engineer named Morris S. Pynoos during the construction of Howard Hughes’ famed aircraft The Spruce Goose, the largest airplane ever constructed.

Morris S. Pynoos

Pynoos invented the nail gun, but he did much more than that throughout his career. A civil engineer by training, he also built the historic One Wilshire building and other edifices in Los Angeles, constructed custom homes designed by premier architects, was a prominent philanthropist and conceived the first corporate carpooling plan in the city to ease congestion. He died in 2002 at the age of 84.

The Nail Gun

Pynoos invented the nail gun specifically to help build Hughes’ massive plane. The gun was used to nail together the wooden fuselage. After that, the fuselage was glued together and the nails were removed.

Related Articles

Tools Made by People in Ancient Mesopotamia
How to Use Copper to Make Your Own EMF Protector
Facts About Mount Etna
Relationship Between Electricity & Magnetism
How Was Granite Quarried in Ancient Egypt?
How to Weld Aluminum with an ARC Welder
How to Make an Instrument for a School Project
How to Build an Egg Catapult
How to Make a Model Wind Pump Science Project
The History of Wind Vanes
Tools for Rock Engraving
Invention of the First Traffic Light
How to Remagnetize a Compass Needle
How to Make a Powerful DC Electromagnet
List of Things Dr. George Carver Invented With Peanuts
The Inventions of Thomas Edison for Kids
Facts on Velcro
How to Make a Windmill for a School Project
How to Mount a Circuit Board in an Electronic Project...
What Is a Hi-Shear Fastener?