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  • Milling and Drilling Shim Pack; What's it Called?

    I'm thinking about purchasing a couple of "sets" of a shim pack that fans out like a set of cards pined together. Maybe 1 1/2 inches by 2 and inch or two high, a dozen or so pieces, so one could use maybe 5, 8 or 12 depending on needs for shimming clamps on a mill table. They might be 1/8 " thick. My problem is I dont know what they are called so I can do a proper search. I have also seen a similiar grouping on a set of jaws on a drill press vise that wil hold very irrigular shaped items. Thanks.

  • #2
    I think you're talking about feeler gauges...
    Keith
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    • #3
      I think he means parallels, cant think of ever using shims on a mill with a vise.

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      • #4
        I think what he's got in mind is a stack of about 1/8" plates rectangular in shape, with a rivet in one corner so they can be fanned out. You swivel the top part of the stack out of the way until you have the thickness you need to support the end of the clamp. I have no idea of what they're called, but Rudy Kouhoupt had an article in HSM several years ago about making them.
        I was going to make a set, but the exercise of digging through tons of crap to find a piece the right thickness seemed easier at the time.

        Old Time

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        • #5
          Taper Gage ???

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          • #6
            If its not what old time is referring to,then feeler gauges are it id assume, jyst as LKeithR suggested,i assume.

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            • #7
              >>I was going to make a set, but the exercise of digging through tons of crap to find a piece the right thickness seemed easier at the time.

              Old Time, I think the way you think.

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              • #8
                I have some, but can't recall their name. Bought in the 1980's.

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                • #9
                  Rudy K. didn't make them, his article was more of a product review. I have three, made in Canada by James Morton, I don't think they are manufactured anymore. They are handy, but a set of step blocks serves the same purpose.
                  Jim H.

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                  • #10
                    Interesting question as i had never seen those before.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JCHannum View Post
                      Rudy K. didn't make them, his article was more of a product review. I have three, made in Canada by James Morton, I don't think they are manufactured anymore. They are handy, but a set of step blocks serves the same purpose.
                      Ahh, They sure looked cool and I was wondering why I didn't own a set! now I know why, I have step blocks.
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                      • #12
                        I had a customer contact me a few years back looking for these. He had seen an ad in a mid-90s HSM mag from a company in Tennessee that sold them. I could find no indication that the company was still around and didn’t come across any other current suppliers in my searches.
                        George
                        Traverse City, MI

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                        • #13
                          About 2.30 into here, you can see a set in use. "tubalcain" appears to prefer them over step blocks

                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVDZZTgNh7U

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                          • #14
                            I have them, both made and bought.

                            I will look for a name on the bought ones.

                            Dave

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                            • #15
                              While I have the three sets mentioned, I rarely use them. My mill is a Rockwell, 6" X 24" table and, due to limited table space, I find them a bit cumbersome to use compared to the step blocks.

                              The other disadvantage is that, when used under half the height, they are unstable, requiring the third hand to steady them while positioning the hold down, clamping bolt and work piece.

                              They live at the bottom of my tooling cabinet and I usually forget I have them until after I have cobbled up something else. My step blocks live at the top rear.
                              Jim H.

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