Shims For Life

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Blog entry by HungryTermite posted 01-28-2011 04:38 PM 1200 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I tend to get excited about things and it’s in my nature to want to cover all my bases. This means I can go a little overboard sometimes. I was researching how to set up and tune my Harbor Freight jointer I got over the holidays (which I will review once I use it a little more) and came across a bunch of shim stock at Amazon. For less than $20 I got steel shim stock in .001”, .002”, .003”, .005”, .007”, and .010” thicknesses. I don’t like the idea of stacking up shims to get to the correct thickness. I don’t let it happen at my job so why would I do it myself? Granted, I know the tolerances needed in wood working are not nearly the same as what I do at work.

I now have enough shim stock to shim any tool I buy for the rest of my life. I wasn’t really paying attention to the size when I bought them but they are 18” long! Anyway, it worked great and was easier than cutting up aluminum soda cans and stacking up 30 shims like I did when I set up my table saw. I was able to get away with a single shim of the correct thickness at each corner of the outfeed table which, for some reason in my warped thought process, makes me happy. Now I want to go back and redo my TS. Maybe when I add my router table extension project it would be a good time to give that thing a cleaning and redo the shims.

-- Good Judgement Comes From Experience. Experience Comes From Bad Judgement.

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 05:00 PM

Nice find, my father told me once “You can never have too many shims”.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 05:04 PM

It’s OK for your thought process to be warped, as long as you recognize that it IS warped.

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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