I know about cigarette papers, and cut up aluminum beverage cans. Zig-Zags
are a pretty reliable .001" shim and the can I cut up the other day was
just about .004" everywhere. I'm curious what else you guys commonly use
for little shims for occasional setup work.
I've got a few packages of ZigZag too, but I figure another 5 to 10
years it's going to be VERY hard to find, so I like to save it for the
"special jobs". I've got a box or two of "laser-cut" printer paper
from the old days that has tear-off strips with tractor feed holes on
the edges. It's paper that I don't use it anymore. I made up a
longish pin to fasten to some pegboard near the mill, and then I
gang-stripped the edges off a couple dozen sheets on both sides, so I
had two "neat" handfuls. I doubled each up and "spiked" the last
holes on the ends and put a clip to keep them from coming off my
spike. Then cut through the "loop", so there are a whole patch of
"loose ends" hanging down from the spike. Even though every other one
of the "holes" on the spike are still not torn apart, you just grab a
piece at the bottom and pull, and it tears off at the spike quite
clean. Tears out the last hole for sure, but it doesn't matter. So,
now it's a bit thicker than ZigZag alright, but very easy to use to
get close to an edge or anything, and thick enough to act as a
"leveler" when clamping flat things. Works for me.
I just bought a few of those feeler gage assemblies and took them
apart so now there's a bunch of shims in the shim drawer with the size
marked on them. Depending on how much pressure is used plastic shims
can extrude out from under the item being clamped. Cigarette papers
have one advantage in that they greatly increase friction by filling
the minute holes in the surfaces they contact.
I use tiny Post-It notes. I use the sticky end that will stick to the
work by itself and cut off the rest. I've measured these at .004
I find these handier then Zig-Zag papers. I make a mess spitting all
over my work piece trying to get the cigarette papers to stick :)
On Wed, 03 Nov 2004 00:55:29 GMT, "Tony"
Hey, that's handy. We just take it right off our hats!
Hmmm, 7:20pm on election night? Yeah, time to change the sig.
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