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Forum topic by Brenda T. posted 04-25-2013 02:42 AM 1088 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brenda T.

36 posts in 1897 days

04-25-2013 02:42 AM

I just finished assembly of my G0713, still need to check miter slot to fence and blade alignments. I installed the right wing and it was high, there was a .005 gap under the straight edge. I tried shimming with masking tape but that made it low with a .008 gap, so I found some thin packing paper that was almost 1/2 the thickness of the tape and tried that. It was almost dead level.

My question is about the paper shim I used. Will it hold up over time or should I find some shim stock to replace it before too long? What has been the experience of some of the members here?

Thanks for your options and feedback!

-- Brenda T., Bodega Bay, CA.

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#1 posted 04-25-2013 12:02 PM

depends on how fussy one is. gravity never turns off. paper is cellulose based, and should compress over time. i’d go with shim stock (cut up metal cans of the required gauge) now and do it once and for all. just my $.02.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 12:55 PM

I broke down and purchased brass shim stock from LV.,43456,43407

I use it a lot more than I initially thought I would. Plus a little will do you, so these sheets should outlast me. I got the .005 and .001 stock…usually about what I need for shimming machine parts.

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Brenda T.

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#3 posted 04-25-2013 02:38 PM

Thanks toolie and twodeuce! I guess that was what I was thinking too. I have “The Table Saw Book” by Kelly Mehler and he mentions using paper or whatever you have, so that is why I did it, but the Machinest Mate in me was saying it wouldn’t last. I will look for some brass.

-- Brenda T., Bodega Bay, CA.

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#4 posted 04-25-2013 08:26 PM

I’ve never purchased ‘shim’ stock.. there are too many other methods of making shims that cost very little to nothing. Like Rick pointed out, feeler gauges work great (cheap) and I’ve always had great success using aluminum soda cans (free) which are approx. 0.004”.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Brenda T.

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#5 posted 04-25-2013 11:54 PM

Thanks Rick L and MrUnix, the feeler gauges might be a good idea. The Soda can at .004 was thicker than I needed, that is about what the masking tape I tried was. If you use the feeler gauge, do you just shim at each end?

-- Brenda T., Bodega Bay, CA.

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#6 posted 04-26-2013 01:25 AM

Your local Ace Hardware Store (and probably Tru-Value, as well) sells packages of brass shim stock “assortments” pretty cheap.

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