What do you use to shim tabletop jointer table?

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Forum topic by SMP posted 08-12-2020 01:30 AM 278 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2020 01:30 AM

I have a Delta 6” tabletop jointer and last time I used it I gave up because it was making my boards worse. So Checked the tables and they were pretty bad off. I googled and found some people saying to use beer cans etc. Was curious what fellow LJers have used that have done this.

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#1 posted 08-12-2020 03:00 AM

Yes. You can use any thin metal like beer cans, aluminum flashing, or you can buy brass shim stock of varying thicknesses.

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#2 posted 08-12-2020 05:27 AM

Lot of choices.
Brass assortments on Amazon

Need less material and cheaper solution?
By a cheap feeler gauge and use what ever tabs you need, then save rest for next project.


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#3 posted 08-12-2020 01:05 PM

Thanks! I am heading to HF anyways so may just pickup one of those cheap feeler gauges.

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#4 posted 08-12-2020 02:35 PM

If you cut them open, you will see a variance between brands of pop, and beer cans. Coors has had some of the thinnest cans made for years. A lot of off brand pops seem to have the heavyweight title. A HF feeler does take you through the entire cycle though.

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