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Old 12-23-2009, 12:31 AM   #1
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Hi, I have a quick simple question - What is the best way to make shims for 2x4 stud walls? The shims need to be around 1/4" thick. Would a table saw be the best tool for this job? I've been thinking about buying one anyway so this is my excuse

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Hi, I have a quick simple question - What is the best way to make shims for 2x4 stud walls? The shims need to be around 1/4" thick. Would a table saw be the best tool for this job? I've been thinking about buying one anyway so this is my excuse
You can buy lath in bundles. Normally, it's crappy wood full of knots and cracks. Sheet rock shims may work, they measure 1/8 shy X 1- 1/2 X 36. and resemble brown cardboard. Menards sells them over by the sheet rock.

You can buy a 4 X 8 sheet of 1/4 "OSB and rip 1-1/2" strips on your proposed new table saw. Or, you can rip 1/4 " strips off 2 X 4's on your proposed new table saw.

decisions, decisions!!!!!!!

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They sell shims in various thicknesses that are 8 foot long specifically for this use. These are called drywall shims. Making your own is not cost effective.
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They sell shims in various thicknesses that are 8 foot long specifically for this use. These are called drywall shims. Making your own is not cost effective.


However, if you have lots of work to do on your house, a good quality table saw will come in very handy. I cheap, unstable one could hurt you.
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They sell shims in various thicknesses that are 8 foot long specifically for this use. These are called drywall shims. Making your own is not cost effective.
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Where do you buy 8' drywall shims in various thicknesses?

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Where do you buy 8' drywall shims in various thicknesses?

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From drywall suppliers. Or online at www.trim-tex.com
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From drywall suppliers. Or online at www.trim-tex.com
Thanks for the info. We have a new drywall supplier locally, maybe they have them.

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Yep....... a table saw is the best. You can make high quality shims of any thickness.......... especially at Christmas time. And after the shims, you'll still own a tool with lots more uses after Christmas. Tell your significant other that you read it right here in black and white.
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CAD,

Look at this video for making shims with a table saw,

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item...r-the-tablesaw

Best of luck with the projects, rredogg
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once you have the shim length desired. Make a jig and you can cut precise shims without wasting time.

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