Cutters??

Discussion in 'Soap Making' started by Sondra, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. Sondra

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    Can anyone recommend a good cutter for round soap?

    I already have the For Crafts Sakes cutter but wish to cut bars larger than 1 inch.

    Best Regards,
    Julie

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    Kalne



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    Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:43 am Post subject:

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    I'll be interested in the replies to this. Just how do you cut those round bars? Dh picked up some PVC for me and I'm hoping to give it a try in the next week. I was thinking I need to put together some kind of holder so it doesn't roll around then cut like my other logs. I just use a pastry scraper. My logs don't fit the mitre boxes.
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    Aja-Sammati



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    Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:29 am Post subject:

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    You know those handheld cheese cutters with the wire & the roller bar? You can take off the adjustable roller bar part & then it cuts a bar the right size in the opening that is left between the wire & the handle- OR you can lay it in a miter box & use a cutter through the cutting groove- I used a Sharpie to mark my miter box with where to slide the soap to before cutting to get bars that are the same size (almost) very time

    Michelle

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    hammondfarm
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    Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 6:23 am Post subject:

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    Michelle,

    Does the cheese cutter allow you to choose the width of the soap? I'm guessing it does.


    The mitre box are you cutting with a pastry knife? or the saw type blade that comes with the box.

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    Julie

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    kidsngarden



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    Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:10 am Post subject:

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    Julie,
    My soaps are 2.5 by 3.5 by 1 inch. I got a wooden mitre box at home depot and use a stainless pastry scraper to cut it. I also mark the width on the box - and have 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 too. This box is a nearly perfect fit for the 3.5 inches. It's weird though, the straight cut didn't go all the way down so my husband sawed it down. It works a lot better than the plastic one I had as there is no play. I also like the stainless pastry scraper better than the drywall knife as it is stiff.

    Bethany

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    hammondfarm
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    Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:43 pm Post subject:

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    We went to Home Depot and purchased the plastic mitre box cutter.

    Hope it will work well.

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    Julie

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    kidsngarden



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    Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:41 am Post subject:

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    The yellow one? That's what I started out with and it was fine. I switched to the wooden one because it matched my soaps dimensions more.

    Bethany

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    Kalne



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    Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:45 am Post subject:

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    I purchased one of those mitre boxes a few months ago but my soaps won't fit in it. They are 3.5" too. So do these things come in different sizes? I bought mine at Menard's and it was the only size they had. I would love to have something to make cutting easier that didn't cost a fortune.

    My current method will make you laugh....I put nicks down both sides of my logs, an inch apart. Then I have two wood blocks that I line up with the marks on either side of the log and use that as a guide for my pastry cutter. It works *most* of the time but I don't think it's gonna work for round bars. LOL
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    kidsngarden



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    Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:38 am Post subject:

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    I bet they are in different sizes, mine is a smidge over 3.5 inches wide - maybe 3.75. My soaps are about 1/4 inch higher than the box too.

    Bethany

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    Vicki McGaugh TX Nubians
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    Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:52 am Post subject:

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    There are three different sizes of the yellow miter boxes, the medium ones hold the martha mold ones perfectly...I just took a bar of soap in with me when purchasing mine :) I wish they would make one taller so the 3 inch PVC round soap would fit in, that is my next project to have a wooden cutter made to fit them exactly....I am still having to have husband cut my loofa scubbies I can't freehand cut a straight line to save my life! Vicki
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    Kalne



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    Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:37 pm Post subject:

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    Oh yeah, I stopped at a different home store (Lowe's) and they had the larger sized box and my soaps fit fine. Gonna make soap tomorrow so I can try it out. :)

    Kalne
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    hammondfarm
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    Vickie,

    We got the taller one and the round soaps fit fine.

    Best Regards,
    Julie