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Adam D

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03-06-2012 04:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: biscuits humidity

When I bought my biscuit joiner, the guy threw in a few bags of biscuits with it. Unfortunately, he had them stored in his outdoor barn, and the bags were open. I now have a lot of trouble getting them to slide into my slots because they’re already partially expanded (like they’re supposed to when glued) due to the moisture in the air.

Does anyone have any ideas on getting them to shrink again or are they junk? Can I throw them in the oven or something?

-- Adam, Rochester NY


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#1 posted 03-06-2012 04:37 AM

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BISCUIT-PRESS-PLATE-JOINER-BISCUIT-JOINER-DEWALT-LAMELLO-WOODWORKING-TOOL-/280821700671

Here is one idea. A little pricey.

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 04:39 AM

Microwave them and store them in a air tight bag

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 04:44 AM

@TrBlu, $170 will buy me a lotta new biscuits haha ;-)

@a1Jim, The microwave will dry them out, but will that drying action shrink them you think? It’s not like they’re solid wood…I guess it’s worth a shot. Thanks.

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 04:45 AM

You can bake out some of the moisture in an oven or
just a coffee can with 100 watt light bulb in it… called
a “shop oven”... or girl’s EZ bake oven would work too.

I’ve put those desicant bags that come with some products
in with biscuits. They absorb a certain amount of moisture
and control seasonal swelling.

You can squash biscuits to make them thinner in a
metal working vise.

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 04:52 AM

There truly is a tool for everything

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 01:00 PM

I always microwave the biscuits before use whether they have expanded or not. About 30-45 seconds in an 1100 watt oven is more than enough. Don’t heat too long or you will burn your biscuits and set off your smoke detectors. I put them on a paper plate because they are hot out of the oven.

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#7 posted 03-06-2012 05:05 PM

I agree with the microwaving. I store mine in cleaned out peanut butter jars. Keeps them airtight and the moisture stays out. Good luck.

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#8 posted 03-06-2012 05:43 PM

+1 for the desiccant bags.

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#9 posted 03-06-2012 06:13 PM

Ha – now I know why I’ve been hanging onto my EZ Bake Oven – it wasn’t to hand down to a niece it was to fix the biscuits in my shop! My future niece is just going to have to get in line!

:-)

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#10 posted 03-06-2012 06:15 PM

[don’t click on that link, Neil. DO NOT click on that link, Neil. You do NOT need a biscuit press—not in the shop; not in the kitchen. Don’t DO it, Neil !!!!!]

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#11 posted 03-06-2012 07:22 PM

Desiccant is also available in many hardware store (ACE is one). It comes ready to hang on closet rods place under sinks etc. It is reasonably priced.

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#12 posted 03-06-2012 07:35 PM

Grandpa: agreed. I bought a fairly big bag of the packets, online, once. Have my various sized biscuits in big plastic containers, with the packets, and with well-fitting lids on them.

I think it would be hard to shrink biscuits back, whether with microwaves or heat or sunlight. More a gut feeling than any knowledge, but my sense is … prevention is better than cure, on this one :-)

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 03-06-2012 08:08 PM

Neil,
When storing the Desiccant Packets; Do you need to put a Desiccant Packet in with it????

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#14 posted 03-06-2012 08:25 PM

For future reference. an air tight screw top lidded jar, and a dessicant bag or two keeps the biscuits from absorbing moisture from the air and swelling…

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#15 posted 03-06-2012 08:31 PM

DIYaholic: that really blew my mind, Man !

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