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Best way to flatten a cookie?
« on: October 27, 2019, 11:02:35 AM »
What's the best way to flatten a cookie after it's dry?  

To flatten slabs I've been using my mill mounted beam planer, but it has straight knives.  I haven't tried it on end grain and am afraid it might not go as I'd like.  It would probably have a lot more resistance, and I'm afraid when you make a pass and get to the backside of the pass, you could tear out at the edge?

For example I have a couple cookies that I chainsawed off the log- large end table size or coffee table sized.  
Would it be better to try and use a router sled and some type of special bit to flatten them? Or will I get issues there too?  Another option is the try and re-cut with my band saw and then belt sand  with 4x25 belt sander.   I'm not sure how well the band saw will cross cut especially close to the edge of the cookie?

Never tried flattening end grain like this.
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2019, 11:06:07 AM »
Brad, my method is to re-flatten them in the band mill (if needed), and then run them through a wide belt sander.  I tried planing one once and it did not end up well....  :D
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2019, 12:01:42 PM »
I've been experimenting with a jig and table arrangement to use a chainsaw mill.  It is the same idea as the router sled.   Instead of a rail/ladder system mounted on the cookie (like when CSMilling), I'm supporting the ends of the rails on blocks.  Of course the end of the rails are attached to the support blocks and the supports blocks are clamped to the table.  The cookie is held in place by wood blocks screwed to the table.  I used some aluminum square tube the first time, the tube flexed too much. I want to use 2x2 angle next time I set it up.  I am only working with 24-28" cookies.
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2019, 12:10:32 PM »
We used to use the Lucas slabber to slake twisted slabs quite successfully. I always wanted to tilt the carriage at 45 degrees to see how that would work.
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2019, 12:49:11 PM »
Try dunking it in milk to make it soft again?  I prefer to keep my cookies in tupper ware or something like that to keep them from going dry to begin with, not sure I would want one after it had been around a chainsaw.  Oh wait.... :D
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2019, 12:57:03 PM »
24-28" Oatmeal raisin cookies flattened with whole milk as chainsaw lube....mmmm good! :D
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2019, 01:10:27 PM »
If the cookies are for a beaver wedding the ethanol soak is a big hit.
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2019, 01:47:08 PM »
Still early in the day here for that kind of talk....... 8) 8)
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2019, 11:05:35 AM »
Here's what I think of you guys:

Anything someone can design, I can sure figure out how to fix!
If I say it\\\\\\\'s going to take so long, multiply that by at least 3!

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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2019, 11:43:17 AM »
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2019, 11:57:07 AM »
Brad, I've re-sawed a few cookies in the 2-3' range on the LT15Wide.  Walnut, pecan, and oak.  It works pretty well if you have a jig.  I made the one sometimes seen around here that uses pipe clamps on a wooden bed.  I can add pictures if you're not familiar with the design.

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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2019, 12:13:12 PM »
Brad i have used a combination of things mentioned.  i have tried the 20 inch planer and it does chip out the trailing inch or so each pass.  i have had luck with a makita 4 inch hand held power planer and use care at the edges.  I have had luck in a 24 inch drum sander taking light passes as to not overload the sander.  i have use the router sled as well.



 



 



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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2019, 01:10:56 PM »
Nice looking benches and set up !
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2019, 01:27:04 PM »
I have successfully planed cookies in a Grizzly 20" planer with the spiral head.  I did not think it would work,but it did.  No chip or tear-out.
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2019, 03:26:47 PM »
yes, my planer has hss straight knives.  it is grizzly as well
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2019, 05:58:11 PM »
Whoa Doc!  That cookie has figure that could compete with Marilyn! Is that a Hard maple or a red maple?  What router bit were you using?
Anything someone can design, I can sure figure out how to fix!
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2019, 06:02:30 PM »
i am not sure as @Southside  will attest to.  we have a lot of silver and soft maple here.  it was cut down before i got it so did not see leaves ect. thanks!  i think some of the figure is due to the fact that the grain was flaring to follow the roots.  it was the butt end.
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« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2019, 06:05:28 PM »
What router bit were you using?
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2019, 06:10:49 PM »
I got mine at a "big tool store"  but i have seen the same brand and size on amazon.








i take a 1/4 inch depth and 1/4 the width of the bit at a time, as you can see, I use a porter cable plunge variable speed router.  home made planing jig.
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Re: Best way to flatten a cookie?
« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2019, 10:04:13 PM »
 

 

I've also used the router sled method and used a Whiteside 1 1/4" Bowl Bit.  The rounded edges are supposed to help with tearout. 



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