Hardwood shims

realkingcobra

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I tried some from Home Depot, I don't care for them as they break to easy, I'll stick with the packaged wood shims I buy from Home Depot;)
 

n10spool

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That's what i was thinking It says they dont compress but break 4 times easier then wood shims.. I just didnt want to waste cash on an experiment someone had already tried them thanks..

Craig
 

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That's what i was thinking It says they dont compress but break 4 times easier then wood shims.. I just didnt want to waste cash on an experiment someone had already tried them thanks..

Craig

I use steel shims made by willie wonka, one set lasts forever.
 

n10spool

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thats funny.. I was looking at metal shims that have the center missing but not thick enough. I dont know which would be better wood or metal over a long time period wood is easier all around. As are playing cards, with a hardwood frame instead of softer wood frame tables, wood is still the answer.

Craig
 

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only use the metal wedges then replace with flat stock and take out wedges. Picked up some nice cues this weekend, oh wait let me start a new thread.
 

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n10spool

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Cool Cool I have a few of those same cues let me know if you want to part with some one of these days. I like the wedges I will have to make some or find some also.

Craig
 

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for antique tables with short distances from the edge of the slate to the frame they work well. I still use long wood ones on many styles of tables and mechanical adjusters as well.
 

n10spool

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I'm old fashion big frggin flat head screw driver then add shim, remove screwdriver tap shim tighten screw. I 'm looking for long taper hard shims instead of soft ones, harder to find or overpriced to be productive. I guess I will stick to the screwdriver and shim/ playing cards.
 

Donny Wessels

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MBS group, has a decent shim. nothing like the old valley ones. but the best I can find at an affordable price.
 

scruffy1

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For those who remember Norwood products, they had the best! Cue splices of purpleheart,mahogany,etc. Some of those shims were to nice to use!!!
 

n10spool

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I was just thinking of them trying to find those old cocobolo ebony blood wood shims again.
 
I was just thinking of them trying to find those old cocobolo ebony blood wood shims again.

I buy a 12 ft. X 3/4" thick board and cut my own purple heart shims on the band saw. The shims are 9" long and work fantastic. I get about 1000 shims for $120. and 4 hr. of work. I waste a lot of the wood when I break the shim off, but the table stays tight and the shims don't move.

Mark Gregory
 

n10spool

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Hey Mark send me a picture of your shims are the wide a or all 3/4 wide 9" long. sounds like what i'm looking for.
 
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