Anybody else here use playing cards for shims?

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03-08-2012 04:56 PM

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I learned that since a deck of cards is approximately 1/2” thick and there are approximately 50 cards in a deck, that each card is approximately .01” thick, certainly close enough for most anything in woodworking. I use them whenever I need move a fence a smidgeon on a jig or I’ve cut them down and used them on my old dado that didn’t come w/ shims. I even used them to shim my table saw wings to get them level w/ the top. They are pretty durable and have a slick finish and are water resistant if you use a new deck. They are super cheap and easily cut and customized for many applications in the shop. Any other uses out there?

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 10:12 PM

That will work perfectly when I start on my fence because I am going to use my router as a jointer. I’ll have .010” removal on each pass; I’m going to purchase a deck of cards. Should I get a deck with the girly pictures on the cards? ;-0

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 10:39 PM

Been there done that ,thanks for the reminder though.

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#3 posted 03-08-2012 10:47 PM

Use them to shim the gap around false drawer fronts when locating to attach to the drawer box.
When crosscutting on the table saw, I will place a card(s) between the fence stop and work piece instead of unlocking the stop and moving it.

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#4 posted 03-08-2012 11:27 PM

If you put a rubberband around the whole deck or two you can use them for cheap but accurate profile gauge

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#5 posted 03-08-2012 11:30 PM

Playing cards, business cards, bubble pack backs, whatever fits. – lol

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#6 posted 03-09-2012 01:45 AM

Used them when I moved the friends SLATE pool table, works great.

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