jonifg Posted 15 Sep 2010 , 10:46pm

I am a hobby baker baking from my home. I bake about 3 cakes per week....

I am wondering what everyone use to cut wooden dowel rods?

I bought a small miter box but it does not work that well...

I have used new garden shears and snippers but each tend to leave the cut edges a little pointed or crimped. Is there anything to give you a clean, smooth, even cut?

thanks in advance....

8 replies
countrycaker Posted 15 Sep 2010 , 11:15pm

I use a pair of small branch pruners. I had my husband pick me up some new ones and he got the kind that are sharp on one side and flat on the other. Don't get those. They leave the ends jagged and yucky thumbsdown.gif . I've had better luck with the kind that are sharp on both sides. Would love to hear what everyone else uses, though.

jonifg Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 12:08am

Everything I have used leaves the edges jagged and yucky....I even tried a hemmel...if that is the way to spell and pronounce it...didnt work...all the snippers and pruners crimp and leave the edges jagged...we need some more people to answer this post...it will be interesting to see if anyone has a simple method that workds well!

Kims_cakes Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 12:53am

Dog nail clippers. I got the idea from this site. Works like a charm. They are new dog nail clippers of course! icon_biggrin.gif

vkat Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 1:17am

My Wilton instructor suggested these cutters. They work great! I bought them at orchard supply.


http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_10155_12602_00937309000P?keyword=cutters&;prdNo=4&blockNo=4&blockType=L4&blockNo=4&blockType=L4

cakesnglass Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 1:48am

I purchased a very affordable small miter saw from Harbor Freight (they are online) it cuts the dowel clean threw. Well worth it.

ksu2009 Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 2:08am

I use this saw and sand paper to finish edges. Just be careful with the saw.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xg4/R-100118760/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&;storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

sols Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 2:25am

I use a heavy duty pipe cutter. It works great! I get a nice clean edge and it's very easy to use. Here's a pic

http://www.nationalwholesaletools.com/pvcpipecutter.aspx

khoudek Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 5:49am

Hand pruners, but make sure they are ratchet pruners as it cuts an even edge.

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