|Project by FirehouseWoodworking||posted 10-21-2010 05:44 AM||2512 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
While I enjoy building projects and furniture as well as cabinets and remodeling work, I find some of the greatest pleasure from building rather utilitarian projects that I use around the shop or on jobs. This is one of those projects.
My Shim Box is probably 15 years old now. I built it to hold the shims I cut from leftover scraps of plywood. You have to understand that I tend to be a packrat who hates to throw out anything that “I might be able to use” at some later date.
While I do still use them in certain applications, I prefer not to use the traditional tapered wood shims when installing doors and windows. I did not like the way they offered so little wood bearing surface. Roofing shakes work fine but they are expensive and there is so much waste.
Instead, I took scrap plywood, masonite, and OSB and cut them into 3”x5” pieces. I used 1/8”, 1/4”, 7/16”, and 1/2” predominantly for my shims. Then I needed some way to keep them organized. Hence, my Shim Box.
It is made from scraps of various hardwood (cherry, red oak, and ash) that I had “packratted away”. The openings in the sides allow for easy removal of shims. It was finished with two coats of water-based polyurethane. The bottom plate (which you can’t easily see in the photos) is champherred at 45-degrees which keeps the sides up off the floor. This has prevented any splintering. It has held up well all these years.
Keeping the shims at 3”x5” makes it easy to cut when I generate any scrap. Anything that is too small gets trashed. If the thickness is already full in my Shim Box, then I just store them for later refills. Helps to keep the packratting down.
Now, if I can only figure out what to do with all those sticks I’m now using for stickering . . .
-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas