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Regular Shawn Shim Dovetail Offset Tool

Shawn Shim Dovetail Offset Tool
  • Shawn Shim Dovetail Offset Tool
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  • Shawn Shim Dovetail Offset Tool
  • Shawn Shim Dovetail Offset Tool
  • Shawn Shim Dovetail Offset Tool
  • Sean Shim Dovetail Offset Tool
  • Shawn Shim Dovetail Offset Tool
  • Sean Shim Dovetail Offset Tool

Regular Shawn Shim Dovetail Offset Tool

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One of the most difficult tasks in hand cutting dovetails is accurately transferring the tails and precisely sawing the pins.  Rob's improved method of transferring tails to the pin board by offsetting the tailboard by the thickness of the saw kerf takes all the guess work out of where to saw.

Offsetting by the exact thickness can be challenging, but the Shawn Shim helps improve your offset accuracy.  The brainchild of one of our Purple Heart Project alumni, we named the shim in honor of him.

Precisely milled to work with our regular dovetail saw, which requires a kerf thickness of .024 inches. The regular Shawn Shim has four different offsets to allow you to tighten or loosen the fit of the dovetails as needed.  

  • CNC milled from solid brass. 
  • 3/4 inch x 3/4 inch wide.  1-1/2 inches tall.
  • Four offset sides: .023, .024, .025, .026 of an inch thickness.
  • Offset amount engraved on each end of the shim.
  • Weight: 100 grams
  • Made in Canada.


    Customer Reviews

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    Stan Moderate
    Quality Toll

    From the packaging (and the wee bag) you can see the quality and workmanship in this tool.
    Ideally packaged as a gift and delivery much better than promised.

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    Barry Morrow
    Great tool for snug fit

    Makes a difference-snug dovetails. Worth the $$.

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    John Merlino
    After several dovetails!!!

    So I hope this does not come off as whiney or un grateful but I have found one small, but relative flaw in the Shawn shim. Maybe it is just a "me" thing? but I don't think I am the only one having this same issue.

    Although the shim is designed to four separate degrees of offset to make it more valuable to anyone using it with or without the Cosman saws, it does become a nuisance when you are in the moment, as I was, cutting several dovetails, in several drawer slides and fronts. I would use it, set it down, then pick it up and forget to have it on the offset I needed for my saw, in this case, 24K. I would recommend one that was either one sided with one step for a given saw blade thickness.

    I have been using this now for three weeks building a wooden tool chest, and it really is a game changer when getting a perfect fitting dovetail.

    No foul on the part of the idea, the product quality, the functionality, just the learning retention curve for making sure you are always using the correct offset, if it was one step for one blade thickness I would feel confident picking it up and not having to slow down to think about what seems to be such an insignificant thing, but overwhelmingly can cause destruction as you see in my pics..

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    david
    Shim Accuracy

    The labels do not measure exactly as stated. You need to experiment with different settings which will make the joints tighter or looser. Although the shifts don’t exactly match the labels, they do increment in order.
    As you shift the tail board using the shim, it moves the cut into the waste on the tail board. Therefore, the larger the shift, the looser the joint.

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    James Greene
    Love it

    Easy. Plain and simple