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Forum topic by AandCstyle posted 07-24-2013 09:30 PM 2870 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2013 09:30 PM

I need to make some shims at a 3 degree angle. My thought is to tilt the TS blade to 87 degrees and rip a board. Is that the best way to do it? Can angles plastic shims be purchased reasonably anyplace?

Thanks for any guidance.

-- Art

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#1 posted 07-24-2013 09:46 PM

Home Depot sells plastic shims for door hinges (small shims). I have also used plastic / synthetic decking shims from the big box stores (regular 10-12” long building shims).

I usually cut wooden shims at the bandsaw, but I suppose the TS would work too.

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#2 posted 07-24-2013 09:46 PM

We do this on a sliding saw…. Make a jig.. You will see in the pic we do this alot. It should have a backing fence and a stop. Prep your material. We cut our “Trim Shims” at 4” and 1.5 degrees, but the method translates to what you want. we use wider pine, and all other drop material, including drop of all kind. We cross cut it to 4” wide blanks. Then on the board we set the saw to not cut all the way through. make a cut to mark the kerf. Then flip the peice to reverse the cut, we line it up to where you get a 3 7/8 long shim, and pin the stop in place. You should be cutting with the grain. Then it is cut, flip, cut, flip until you are too close. The board backs every thing well. Cutting shims is considered very dangerous in our shop. People try to cut too many before stopping and the piece will bind on the blade. With a sled, or mitre bar and the right set up, the same jig would transfer over to a TS quite easy. The fence gets wallowed out and we replace out shim jigs often. I will post pics to follow

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#3 posted 07-24-2013 09:52 PM

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#4 posted 07-24-2013 10:02 PM

I make shims like this but I use a band saw instead of a table saw.

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#5 posted 07-24-2013 11:50 PM

I can see why you don’t do it on the table saw. I don’t like to be in that position, bear hugging the spinning blade.

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#6 posted 07-25-2013 12:05 AM

The band saw is quicker, just as accurate and less wood waste (thinner kerf). However, the cut is coarse compared to a rip on the TS. I recently had to make several shims at 3.1 degrees and 3.3 degrees using my bandsaw, but cut the shims so the rough side was glued to the inside of the cabinet (another slant cabinet for my mortiser stand). Best wishes and good luck however you decide to proceed.

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#7 posted 07-25-2013 12:14 AM

You can get plastic shims at the big box stores in the plumbing section. They are for toilets. Don’t know what exact angle they are…

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 07-25-2013 01:05 AM

Thanks for the tips. I think I will see what the borg has to offer first and go from there.

-- Art

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