Replacement Paper Dado Shim Material

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Forum topic by RippKutt posted 12-10-2014 12:25 AM 975 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2014 12:25 AM

Hello Jocks. I picked up a Craftsman 10” radial arm off Craigslist for $25, sweet. I intend to use a Craftsman Kromedge stack dado however the original shims are in terrible shape (40+ yrs old). Any suggestions as to what the best type of paper is to make shims for a dado blade? Grocery bag kraft paper, post-it note paper or maybe typing paper. I can’t seem to find paper shims online so I’ll make my own. What gives the best Gripp? Thanks, Ripp

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#1 posted 12-10-2014 12:29 AM

Just about anything seems to work so long as it is consistent and holds together. I’ve used index cards before. The original shims that came with the dado set were smooth plastic and those worked fine too. Grip doesn’t seem to be an issue since those plastic ones were pretty slick.

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#2 posted 12-10-2014 02:40 AM

Yes, I use playing cards. They work very well and are pretty stable. I just cut a square hole in the middle and use the whole card. A new deck of cards is 1/2” thick. Since there are slightly more than 50 cards in a deck that comes out to each card being approximately 1/100’’, plenty close enough for wood work.

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#3 posted 12-10-2014 02:58 AM

Manila folders.

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#4 posted 12-10-2014 03:25 AM

Manila folders, playing cards, plastic coffee can tops, old plastic notebooks/sheet covers, aluminum cans, index cards, thin fender washers, scrap cardboard boxes, ............. the list is endless. Anything thin that won’t compress easily and you happen to have on hand at the moment.


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#5 posted 12-10-2014 04:41 AM

Also nice if you find a material for shimming that has a thickness you find useful. I recall shimming my tablesaw with cut up strips of aluminum soda cans. Diet coke cans. I can’t recall the thickness of the diet coke cans but i remember it was helpful for that application to have a material that was dead on in terms of thickness. I also have shimming stock made of brass in various thicknesses. I also use tape, playing cards, etc.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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