cheap and handy shim holder

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I use playing cards for shims all the time. They are reusable and a consistent thickness. This holder makes it easy to use them without having to open a box. I have two kinds , a green bicycle pack and a red dollar store pack. I like the Bicycle brand best as they are more flexible and thinner.

-- Dave,Portland OR

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#1 posted 09-26-2011 10:01 PM


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#2 posted 09-27-2011 12:03 AM

I use playing cards all the time when I need to shim. They’re flexible, consistent, easy to clean and wrinkle free.
My favorite set has cards at .012 thick each.
Thanks for the post.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#3 posted 09-27-2011 02:54 AM

Cool! Only a LumberJock would appreciate a playing card for the consistency of its thickness!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 09-27-2011 03:23 AM

Great idea, the holder I mean. I’ve been using cards for shims for some time now. I have several decks from the Treasure Chest Casino – the give them away. I’ll have to make myself a case for them.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 09-27-2011 04:01 AM

the set I have is .011 thick – I got ahold of some .005 shim stock and some .002 shim stock. I cut about 4 pieces of each size shim to be the same outside dimensions as my playing cards – I can store these metal shims in the same box as my playing cards. I might have to make a wooden container for mine – anybody have any other versions of their “card Holders” ?

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#6 posted 10-10-2011 12:46 AM

It’s a great idea, but being a total magic geek, my first thought was “Wow! A dealer’s shoe made of Baltic birch plywood. I wonder if I can rig that as a Card Fou…oh, never mind. It’s a shim dispenser!” >.<

-- Leland, OC California

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#7 posted 06-11-2012 01:07 AM

I thought a deck er two o cards is a necessity, just like a saw.. I use em all the time. Gr8 way to keep them handy tho. Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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