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Old 05-17-2009, 11:12 AM   #1
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Does anyone make 4' long shims, 1/4" thk at one end and zero at the other end?
Do you cut your own with a fixture and table saw?

This is one of those how-I-should-have-done-it questions.

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Old 05-17-2009, 11:44 AM   #2
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Table saw and taper jig or circular saw and straight edge guide.

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Old 05-17-2009, 11:51 AM   #3
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I don't know if I am in the right place. I am having trouble installing this st. james laminate flooring. The company gives you long, short, and medium length pieces. However, I can't establish a set pattern to laying out the flooring. can anybody help?
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Table saw and taper jig or circular saw and straight edge guide.
What's your taper jig look like? Is it manuf. commercially?
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Table saw and taper jig or circular saw and straight edge guide.
Same here.

I do have a 10' pc of 2" aluminum angle that comes in handy for a straight edge when I need some really long shims. With a circular saw it's pretty easy to get what I need.
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There are plenty of commercial jigs like http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...er=taper%20jig and a lot of the woodworking sites have plans to build your own.
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I don't know if I am in the right place. I am having trouble installing this st. james laminate flooring. The company gives you long, short, and medium length pieces. However, I can't establish a set pattern to laying out the flooring. can anybody help?
The flooring section would be better place to pose the question.

Why are you trying to esablish a set pattern? Just install randomly, with varying the shades and lengths as best you can. It will come out fine.
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I don't know if I am in the right place. I am having trouble installing this st. james laminate flooring. The company gives you long, short, and medium length pieces. However, I can't establish a set pattern to laying out the flooring. can anybody help?
As stated above. The primary concern is to make sure end joints are stagerd.
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Thanks; now that I've seen it I know what is wrong with the one I built!
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Here's a couple of freebies I found on line
http://www.woodworkingtips.com/etips/etip020607wb.html

http://www.antiquesbuiltdaily.com/jigrefer.pdf
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Thanks; I think what I'll do is use two strips of wood with a hinge on the end and a wood screw on the other end that serves to separate the strips at the non-hinged end.
The hinge screws will be going into edge grain so maybe I'll glue blocks on the ends so the screws go across the grain.
If I counterbore for the screw head I can get all the way down to zero taper and then back out the screw to get a vernier adjustment for the taper.

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rip 1/4" shim 4 inches long.
rip 1/8" shim 4 inches long.
With your worm drive.
Put the 1/8" shim in the middle.
Put the 1/4" shim on the low end.
Put the plywood down and nail it.
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Thanks, folks!
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I don't know if I am in the right place. I am having trouble installing this st. james laminate flooring. The company gives you long, short, and medium length pieces. However, I can't establish a set pattern to laying out the flooring. can anybody help?
Better to start your own post in the flooring forum.
There is no "set" pattern in random length flooring. It's a free form pattern that has only a few rules. You stagger the flooring seams so they are at least 6" apart from row to row. You shouldn't repeat the seam for 3-4 rows. Assemble the first row. Then lay out the remaining rows half way accross the room making sure you stagger the ends. Leave a row and a half space to slide the next row over and install it.
When you finish 1/2 the room, lay out the next 1/3 of a room doing the same procedure.
You want the first row and the last row to have a similiar width, so you might need to rip the first row to a narrower size.
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Does anyone make 4' long shims, 1/4" thk at one end and zero at the other end?
Do you cut your own with a fixture and table saw?

This is one of those how-I-should-have-done-it questions.
Why would you need a shim 4 feet long?
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