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Stainless steel miter box - 2010/02/06 06:58 Does anybody else here have one of these? I just got one, after cutting thousands of bars with a wooden miter box my husband made for me. I am REALLY disappointed! The cutter does not stay perpendicular to the miter box no matter what I do, and yes, I am using the recommended cutter. I have wrecked several bars of soap.
There's a pic of one at:
http://www.saffireblue.ca/equipment/mitre_block.html
(This is not where I purchased it but it is the same product).
Any ideas or suggestions?? Denise
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Re:Stainless steel miter box - 2010/02/06 21:43 Deniese,

I clicked on the website and looked at the thing. I could not really get a good look at it but it appeared to be rather flimsy. Stainless steel would be a good material I believe but if the thickness of the box is like sheet metal I would not be surprised by poor results. $18.00 for a good sturdy tool made of stainless steel? I would be very skeptical of that. If I were you I believe I'd voice my dissapointment to the maker or whoever you bought it from and ask for a refund. Wood might wear out sooner but it would do a better job IMHO. Me? I do it cave man style. When I am cutting my just demolded loafs of soap into bars I scribe a line across the loafwith a dental tool and then slice with a very thin Chinese style cleaver. I then weigh the bar and try to have them come in at about 5.6, 5.8 ounces. This allows for the shrinkage and water loss in the air curing. I try to wind up with no less than a 5 ounce bar. I adjust the thicknes of my cut as I cut and weigh as I go along. That's just the way I do it. Yes it takes a while but I like the way my product looks after all is done.

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Re:Stainless steel miter box - 2010/02/11 15:41 You know, I think the thing would be fine if they would have made a slot just for one inch thick slices, but because there's another slot at the two inch mark it weakens the whole thing. It really would have been heavy enough steel with just the one slot. I wrote a less than favorable review on the site I bought it from! You must have a steady hand and a good eye to be able to cut straight down with a cleaver! I bow to you oh Great Saponius!! LOL Denise
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Re:Stainless steel miter box - 2010/02/11 20:57 Lots of practice Deniese, lots of practice.

Right now I'm working two part time jobs and it is keeping me very busy. If I get offered a full time job by April we just might not vend soap this year. Weekends off are sounding good. We will still make it for our friends and ourselves of course but we have vended for six years now. Never hit the big time but we did not expect to anyway. Fear not, I'll never use store bought soap again. No worries there.



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