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Re: i made a cookie cutter
« Reply #20 on: August 13, 2014, 10:25:40 PM »
I've never been able to air dry a cookie without it breaking in two or opening up an inch or more at one point.  Any secrets to keeping them together till dry?

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Cedar like that has the best chance of drying intact. The wood has low shrinkage and the ingrown bark acts as stress relief openings. Other species are almost impossible to get dry in one piece. The uneven shrinkage just tears them apart no matter what you do.
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« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2014, 10:30:44 PM »
I soaked a bunch of red oak cookies in pentacryl and then started drying them out slowly. I would let you guys know how they are doing, but they all got sold to use as wedding center pieces and a cake holder. I will try cookies again soon and maybe this time I will keep at least one of them to see how it reacts...
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« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2014, 10:31:27 PM »
I have done some red oak the same way and had great success also. I made a set of 2 inch thick cookie barstools before I knew the risk. they are still intact. I have a pretty good stack of cookies and so far all intact without cracks. I don't know whats working but im going to keep it up.
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Re: i made a cookie cutter
« Reply #23 on: August 13, 2014, 10:36:33 PM »
Dry Cedar like that usually will not crack.  I see that your blade oscillation is still there, or was. 
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« Reply #24 on: August 13, 2014, 10:41:26 PM »
Hackberry, I can't believe I'm the only one coerced into making a cupcake holder for a wedding.  Made one for my daughter from fresh cut cherry cookies and a really nice, dry mutlibranch SYP tree top with several up-pointing branches.  Looked great...for about two days, then the cookies started splitting.  Oh, well, she used it anyway and married a solid man, Army National Guard and one of those rare individuals with the gumption to try anything that might work for good and the skill and training to usually pull it off.  Love working with him- things get done!

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« Reply #25 on: August 13, 2014, 10:45:40 PM »
yes that is the oscillation for sure. its different than what the other blade was leaving. the first blade left a pattern flat-ridge-flat-ridge. this time I believe the feed rate was the key. it was a total mouthful rubbing bot blade guides but we didn't want to trim unless we just couldn't get it through. as the cookies got smaller they ere less but still there. the timber wolfs never did that. I have a bit of one log left and a t wolf not fully dull. I may trade out and see if it goes away. im still so new I still don't know what causes some of these things but thanks to you guys im learning!
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« Reply #26 on: August 13, 2014, 10:52:08 PM »
I see that same pattern occasionally, but I have never taken any time trying to track down the cause.
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« Reply #27 on: August 14, 2014, 12:37:53 AM »
On the production bandmills we ran three guides (flat brake shoe material) One on the back side of the blade to take out vibration in the saw. WM uses an allen screw with a nut to lock it in place on the top side of the sawhead in the center. To adjust tention up the saw bring the allen bolt down to the saw and back off half a turn. You don't want it rubbing the saw all the time just a vibration dampener. I set mine today while adding a new ground wire and giving the mill a much needed grease and oil bath. noticed the same vibration marks while milling Myrtle wood this week, was also cutting thru a dog cable twice with each pass, and make about three passes each saw, three saws to brake down one log.
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« Reply #28 on: August 14, 2014, 12:48:53 PM »
Speaking of cupcake holders. I built this one for a friend of mine over a year ago. He didn't want it after the wedding was over so we use it to keep movies on and whatnot. The wifes cat thinks it's his.
 

 
It has developed a crack on each level, but they are fairly small and it is staying together. Thats just character!
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« Reply #29 on: August 14, 2014, 02:39:17 PM »
Of course the cat thinks it's his- he thinks the whole house and everything around it is his and you all just live there with his permission- at least as long as you keep the food coming...

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« Reply #30 on: August 14, 2014, 06:36:56 PM »
Good idea on the cookie cutter.
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« Reply #31 on: August 14, 2014, 08:29:09 PM »
You fellas that whoop up a batch of cookies  how much hook do you have on your bands. Cookies are cross cutting and should be best with four degree hook or less. I would think 10 degrees would tend to grab. Frank C.
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« Reply #32 on: August 14, 2014, 09:13:18 PM »
I just used a normal band. My sharpener is set to somewhere around 8 degrees most of the time.
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« Reply #33 on: August 14, 2014, 09:26:45 PM »
the last blades I bought were 4 degree wm blades. I cut cookies with whatever blade is on the mill at the time.
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