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Re: New Kitchen Cabinet Shim - Please Help! ;-)
newbie1969

UPDATE!

Mastercarpentry...I apologize I am not sure what you are referring to as I am not in the trade so I am not sure what you mean by what you had said in your post.

With that being said I wanted to give everyone an update to this new shim. I had the cabinets here at my house in my garage while waiting for the plumbing and electrical to be completed. I figured I wanted to try and become a more "novice" kind of guy and try and put the cabinets together the old fashion way. I read up on several articles and materials to make sure I knew what I was doing (or thought I was doing! ha ha) and clamped them together, drilled holes through the face frames (extremely nervous might I add as I didn't want to destroy my nice new cabinets), then used a countersink bit, and even used some soap as advised. Well that was a challenge to say the least (and maybe it was due to the fact that it was my first time), the drilling was slow through the hard wood and starting burning. yikes! ha ha Well after about 15 minutes I had put my first two cabinets together. I also didn't like the way you just put a screw through the back with a couple wood shims I have to say.

I just received my order of the shims from the company. The shims are not even available on the website yet but I had emailed them and they were nice enough to get me some right away. I received them in a baggie and a box so I am thinking they are still working on packaging! lol They just had their first order of the shims and I was the first customer to send some to. I have to say...***...I am sorry but for the guys that want to stay with the old fashion way. I am assuming that you have done this for a while and are very comfortable with doing it that way. I don't see why you would want to still use the current way of doing them...it was NOT fun for me. lol

I figured since I hadn't installed the cabinets yet I would try again with the shim in my garage just to see the difference. Hands down...no comparison. I love the shims! They were so easy to use and it really only took me (who is not an experienced cabinet installer) about two minutes to put two of them together. Yeah...I think I will be using the cabinet shim when I install my cabinets.

So to sum it up...I would highly recommend at least trying them out. I have a feeling this shim is going to become a very successful story. I sure hope is does as well because I happen to see the guy was a veteran and it is good to see a veteran become successful!

BEST $30.00 I HAVE SPENT IN A WHILE TO MAKE MY LIFE EASIER!!

Benjamin
Re: New Kitchen Cabinet Shim - Please Help! ;-)
Benjamin

Those look like they would work well as long as your walls are straight and your cabinets are square. Unfortunately in the many cabinet installs i have done those conditions are rare so i agree with Mastercarpentry ill stick with the old way of doing it

Mastercarpentry
Re: New Kitchen Cabinet Shim - Please Help! ;-)
Mastercarpentry

I can see their appeal and for the novice they would certainly be far easier to use. I still worry about drilling and screwing cabinets even with all my experience doing it, but that worry also makes me better at doing the job. When I quit worrying about things it will be time for me to retire!

I'm just not willing to trade the possibility of perfection for convenience or speed which will likely result in only "good enough" results in the real world conditions which I work in. Without adjustability you're allowing other things beyond your control to limit your finished product's quality when you don't have to :( With me good enough isn't my goal and that's what sets me apart from my competition and keeps me busy when they're idle :cool: Thanks, but no thanks- I'll stay with the old way because it's better.

Phil

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