Pro Tip: How To Make Your Own Shims

Shims are one of a carpenters most commonly used tools. So what should you do if you run out? Watch this video for a quick fix!

Make your own construction shims

Run out of shims? Don’t panic. Here is a step-by-step guide to making your own.

Step One: Grab some scrap

Shims don’t need to be made from perfect, flawlesss wood, so just grab the nearest piece of two-by. Draw a line about 8 inches from the edge of the board.

Step Two: Make alternating cuts at an angle

Start by making alternating angled cuts down the length of the board. Stop cutting right at the line you drew earlier.

Step Three: Slice off the shims

Finally, chop off the end of the board…  there you go, a handful of perfectly reliable shims.

Next, check out this story to learn ways shims can help achieve perfect, flawless miters.