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I hope someone can give me some ideas on this.  I want to make a dough cutter/cookie cutter grid. It would cut 1/2 inch squares and the grid would be at least 12" x 18" (864 squares-like a checkerboard).  If that's not feasible, then a tool that would cut 1/2" strips, and I would turn it to make the squares. I'm thinking the cutting material would be aluminum (which isn't easy to solder).   Thanks for any suggestions.

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mole1 (author)2013-02-20

Ummm... Just out of curiosity, what are you cooking that starts out as 1/2 inch squares? Is this for bread dough or something stiffer like cookies?

Aren't French fries about 1/2 inch? Could you put the dough through a French fry potato cutter and slice it off at the thickness you want?

I keep picturing a white plastic 1/2 or so grid about 1/2 inch thick...seen sometime, somewhere . Maybe it was light fixture diffuser? Anyway, if you rolled out your dough like a pie crust, laid it over the grid and then rolled over it again with your rolling pin forcing it through, it might work You might try the same idea through the inverted bottom of a deep fat frier basket.

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Jayefuu (author)2013-02-11

An alternative: a 24 bladed rolling pin with the blades spaced 1 inch apart.

Method 1: Buy some 1mm thick stainless steel sheet and a 1 to 2 inch tank cutter. Cut 24 disks. You now need to space the disks along a rod. You could use threaded rod and separate the disks with nuts, or you could use threaded rod with a nut at each end but non-threaded spacers in the middle. I recently bought some 20mm M6 hexagonal spacers for 10p each, I'm sure you could find half inch (or 15mm) ones.

Once assembled you'd have a pizza cutter with 24 blades and you could cut your squares in two swipes.

Another slightly more expensive option would be to buy 24 cheap pizza cutters from a pound/dollar store or online then assemble them in a similar way.

I think the multiple bladed rolling pin would be a better solution than a grid. You'd need less force to cut the dough, it'd be easier to make/assemble as well as being easier to clean.

Where in the world are you?

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Jayefuu (author)Jayefuu2013-02-11

I found a picture of what I was thinking of, you should make something like this:

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/foodservice/handling/pastry-cutter/disc-blade-for-disc-cutter-4-14

You can find more by searching for pastry cutting wheels. Some of them are even quite cheap!

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Tomdf (author)Jayefuu2013-02-17

Are hard drive platters safe for preparing food? If so I have an idea on how to make one of these :p

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Jayefuu (author)Jayefuu2013-02-11

Searching for a joblot of pizza cutters might also be useful. I found 12 for £7 delivered on ebay.

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Kiteman (author)2013-02-01

Couldn't you just use a pizza cutter?

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Seabreeze13 (author)Kiteman2013-02-02

I use a pizza wheel now. It takes forever. The wire makes a lot of sense as far as non-stick goes. There has to be a way to make a lightweight, rigid frame. Or maybe weighted would be better than lightweight. I really like the wire instead of blade idea though. Some type of rigid wire might be a good idea too.

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Tomdf (author)Seabreeze132013-02-17

Two pizza cutters zipped tied together?

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Jayefuu (author)Seabreeze132013-02-11

The wires would flex in the middle, no matter how rigid the frame or tight the wires. I don't think it would cut through in the middle.

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Thrasym (author)Kiteman2013-02-01

That's what I've seen them use in many professional kitchens/shops. Either a single cutter or a row of cutters and spacers on a mandrel. The difficult thing, with making it yourself, is keeping it food safe and maintaining that cleanliness.

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Seabreeze13 (author)2013-02-11

Going to use these ideas. Once I get it constructed, I'll post a pic.

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caitlinsdad (author)Seabreeze132013-02-11

One thing you might want to try is to place one of those hand massagers or an electric sheet sander up against the frame. The vibrations transferred to the rig will make the wire grid seem like mini-electric knife blades. You should be able to push through and cut the dough much easier.

Another way is to make a giant rolling pin like a ravioli cutter. Have a big disk on the each end of the rolling pin and string up your wires according to your spacing. Roll in one direction to cut strips. Roll the other way to cut the squares.

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Seabreeze13 (author)caitlinsdad2013-02-15

Vibrator-good idea! But that would turn this into a MAJOR project (I think). Rolling pin-I don't think it would work because the wire would come up through the dough at a different angle than it went down.

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Seabreeze13 (author)Seabreeze132013-02-15

Instead of vibrating, might have to move frame slightly back & forth while cutting.

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Goodhart (author)Seabreeze132013-02-15

Vibrating = moving back and forth quickly :-) If it is on a frame, you won't be able to move all sides "in the direction of the blade" simultaneously anyways.

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Lucky7x7 (author)2013-02-07

wire grid on aluminum L angle frame held with rivets. drill holes for wire grid around the frame. you would also need the dough on a platform so the wires cut clean through.

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Seabreeze13 (author)Lucky7x72013-02-15

The dough is on a cutting board, so that works.

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caitlinsdad (author)2013-02-01

You are actually better with a rectangular stiff frame of wood/pvc pipe/metal stock. Cut slight notches every 1/2 inch. You can then "weave" your grid with thin stainless steel wire or monofiliament fishing line. It cuts better and pieces won't stick in a regular bladed grid. Good luck.

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Thrasym (author)caitlinsdad2013-02-01

Some of the problems I've seen with these types of cutters is the tremendous pressure placed along the length of the frame, from placing tension on the grid (before it's used to cut anything, which only increases while cutting).

The other issue is the difficulty in pushing it through the material, one wire is nothing, but 12x18x2(since it's half inch squares)=432 wire cutters in the grid? Is that right? PLUS the frame itself. That might take a fair bit of force, maybe not for cookie dough, I don't know, but, something to consider at least.

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