|All the wood cut and ready|
Since I have all of the wood I need and it was free, it makes sense to make my own. After looking at a variety of designs, I have settled on a design that is fairly thin when closed. This design will be adapted to the type and sizes of wood that I have available. ( My father gets lots of pallets that his company burns if they can't find a use for them.) So I have taken apart several pallets to scrounge the wood for this.
My cutter will have 21 wires at 3/4 of an inch with one wire spaced evenly in the remaining opening. I have re-sized my molds to be 5 inches wide. This will allow for me to cut each piece in half doubling the number of bars that I can make in each mold. The wire centered in the remaining space will allow me to cut these blocks into 2 bars.
|Using my new toy Thank you Live Laugh Rowe!|
While putting the frame together, I found that it needed re-enforcement on the top as well as the corner brackets that I had already planned to use. So I used my new saw to make some decorative curved corner pieces to mount on the top side of the frame.
For the grooves in the wood to allow the wire to descend below the level of the soap, I used my saw on the stop board, although I had to cut each slit more than once in order to make it wide enough to accommodate the wire. For the wider boards I used a circular saw set at about an eighth of an inch depth. This was a fairly simple to do, but my back was definitely sore by the time I was done cutting all of the grooves.
|The soap cutter closed|
|With the frame raised for cutting|
Have a wonderful day, and enjoy.
1/22/14 - Couple of notes - 1. Don't make the frame for the wires out of pine. It is too soft to support the tension that you need to have on the wire.
2. You need something more like music string tension devices to keep tension on the wire. I haven't figured out where to get these yet. If you find a source for something that might work I would be very grateful if you passed the information along.
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