How to Cut Shims on a Table Saw

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You'll never run out of shims if you know how to cut new ones yourself on a table saw. View the entire process in this free video on home repair instructions.

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Hi, I'm Chris Palmer. Welcome to Chris's workshop. Today, I'm going to show you how to cut some shims on the table saw. Sometimes, when you run out of shims, or you want a custom size, it's nice to be able to cut them yourself on the job site. You can rip them freehand, and that's been done lots of times. Or, you can make yourself a jig out of some scrap wood. The first thing to do to make your jig, is cut this notch. That's all just square cuts. Rip the long piece on the table saw, make the cross cut with your miter saw or jigsaw, whatever you have handy. Once you have the notch, lay out this tapered cut with a straightedge, and just rip that freehand. This rides against the fence. Your workpiece rides in the notch. You cut the first shim, and then you take away the jig, and cut the second shim by putting the square edge directly against the fence. So, I've made my jig. I have some scrap stock to cut the shims out of. I set up my fence so the first cut starts at nothing at the short point. The shim's coming off my stock looking like this. Wear your safety glasses and ear protection, keep your fingers out of the way. Thanks for watching. I'm Chris Palmer. That's how you cut shims on the table saw.


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