Hey, guys, I have a question, if I may ... not being a son, dad never
spent time in the shop with me (though I pestered him with questions
even though he got impatient and begrudginly answeres <g>), so all I
learned I learned through osmosis, as it were, or through just doing
stuff around my place the last 30 years (can't wait forever for the
men in my life, family or otherwise, to have a spare moment for me for
the few items I can't figure out on my own and don't have the strength
for <lol>!). I also leaned a lot of DIY when I had cable. But I must
admit I'm stuck on this one. I bought plastic furniture levellers
some 10 years ago but the soft plastic ones are pretty yucky to the
touch now and the hard plastic ones have gotten brittle so don't want
to use either on the shelves in my new place. But unlike other times
when I've DIY'ed a solution, I'm not finding anything pertinent
googling or you-tubing for diy furniture levellers. I've tried
endless different search terms but the best I've found is making those
shims for squaring up woodworking projects which require tools and
know-how way beyond this Ryobi-power-drill gal <g>. Was wondering if
anyone knew of a no-cost, or very low cost, DIY for this type of
thing? My Home Depot won't cut wedges so that's out, I found out.
You don't say what you are trying to level--but those shims can be had
for about $1 or $2 a package. Tap one in (under?) with a block of wood
and a hammer, and cut off the part that sticks out. I suppose an old
serrated knife would work for that if that's all you had handy. You
could then apply color if that's an issue. Hope that helps!
If you're just leveling bookshelves, regular door shims will probably
work fine. Slide them under the shelf, mark and cut with a utility knife
or a decent fine-tooth saw.
For larger distances, one thing that works and is fairly inexpensive is
T-nuts and bolts. For indoor use, you'll have to come up with a cup or
other platform to protect the floor. (Me? I'd probably use hockey
pucks.) Realistically you could probably drill a hole into a block of
wood then set the bolt in that. It's good for a couch or something where
it won't be seen.
I also like books of short stories or poetry for leveling. They're
usually thick and generally aren't missed.
Thanks for everyone's responses! Appreciate it. And seeing the
responses, one always sees where one went wrong in how one asked one's
question <lol> (I'm thinking I should have included a link or two to
a picture of the type of thing I was looking for, so I'll try to
remember that for next time.)
It's not no-cost, of course (or even all that low a cost) but the Lee
Valley solution above looks quite reasonable if worse-comes-to-worst
and I never find a wood solution that I can manage with my knowledge
and tools on hand.
The wedges/shims I'd like to level a simple Ikea knotty-pine
inexpensive shelving unit would need to slope up to no more than about
¼" in height. I actually continued mulling this over when I went out
to do errands tonight and I did think of something that might work. I
might get away with something that comes out like a shim rather than a
wedge and I thought that a pair of safetyl glasses and then using a
chisel and hammer on a block of wood to try to somehow shave off a
piece of adequate thickness might work. I'm sure a bit of trial and
error might be needed, too! <g>
Thanks for the suggestions. Next time I'm at my Lee Valley Tools
store, will definitely check out the options they have. Don't know
why I don't always think of them when I have an issue that I'd like to
find a woodworking solution for! <g>
Thanks. I'll report back if I'm successful.
Go to Home Depot and buy a bundle of cedar shingles. They will be way too
wide but it is easy to split off the width you want with a chisel and
hammer. They taper from about nothing to maybe 3/8. Only problem is that
you will have enough material to level up a whole village of bookcases.
On Friday, August 12, 2016 at 2:21:20 AM UTC-4, SolutionsViaDIY wrote:
These might match your "knotty-pine" since they are very light in color:
Remember that when using any kind of wedged shim to level something, you'll
want to use 2 shims and come in from opposite directions. By using equal
lengths of 2 wedged shims, you'll end up with a solid, flat surface, not a
single high spot that may eventually be crushed under the weight of the
Look at how those shims are packaged and you'll see exactly what I mean.
Because of the alternating arrangement, all of those wedges end up as
a flat block of wood.
On Fri, 12 Aug 2016 02:21:26 -0400, SolutionsViaDIY
Re-learned a valuable lesson - it can all depends on who you ask a
question to, as well, again. I was again at Home Depot asking how I
could make my own shims without purchasing special equipment and using
what I have. But I asked the different person on the floor that day.
He was an older gentleman, seemed to know his stuff and willing to
help, and not a kid not long on the job (who didn't care, either!)
This helper knew exactly what I needed and he walked away to check
something out, he said, and came back with a package in hand of
prepared wood shims! I was astonished as I wasn't sure what he was
going to check. My smile burst out very big when I saw the package,
let me tell you!! <g> I'd been told they didn't have any which I did
think at the time was very odd. How could they not have at Home
Depot, I thought?? But I'd shrugged it off because that happens a lot
these days where you don't always find basics things you'd expect to
find in stores that historically would carry certaini tems. So no
more needing to try to figure out how to make anything myself as I'd
not found pre-prepared anywhere in town. Turned out they _were_
there, just some kid didn't know. LOL.
But all's well that ends well.
On 2016-08-29 14:24:43 +0000, SolutionsViaDIY said:
Go to the plumbing dept. or a good plumbing store. They sell jars of
wedges for leveling toilets, much like the Lee V. type and cheap. When
we go out to dinner I carry one. If the table is woobly I give one to
the server. Blows them away.
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