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Forum topic by RossC23 posted 05-29-2014 02:38 PM 1246 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-29-2014 02:38 PM

Hey guys, I’m trying to make some hard maple rosettes and the rosette cutter with profile knife I got from MLCS dulled very quickly. Anyone out there have any recommendations? I probably want to go with a carbide tipped cutter and not the interchangeable knife design that I have. I also don’t really want to get too pricey as I only need to make a few dozen rosettes. the profile knife style I have lasted only around 6 rosettes before it dulled badly and bad tear out started. MLCS stated that hard maple will dull knives quickly and that it was a cost effective way to go but basically not good quality. nice. thanks for the help mlcs.

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#1 posted 05-29-2014 02:42 PM

Not sure on the size etc. of what you’re trying to fabricate, but if it was a one time build, I’d look to purchase the items, google search for rosettes brings up many companies that could ship you the parts.

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#2 posted 05-29-2014 02:58 PM

thanks Dan, i am going to buy a cutter. was thinking maybe someone out there had good luck with a particular brand of cutter. any ideas on that?

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#3 posted 05-29-2014 02:59 PM

You could resharpen the cutters by lapping the flat side on some 1000 grit sandpaper. You could resharpen as necessary with no noticeable change in the profile. With MLCS, you get what you pay for. You go with a bargain basement HSS bit, you get very short life, you spend on one of their more expensive carbide-tipped items, or the Katana bits, and they are significantly better.

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#4 posted 05-29-2014 03:07 PM

In our molding plant we made hundreds of rosettes at a time. We liked the Charles Schmidt cutter heads. We tried several different kinds of cutter heads but none of them gave us the life that we wanted. We found that after a hundred or so the knives needed to be sharpened. We found out through the grapevine that a higher water count in the wood was needed but we never confirmed this by experiment. We figured we was better off with the wood we used for our molding because all of our rosettes came out of drop. We ground our own molder knives and the Schmidt heads used the same type of knife. We sharpened the rosette knifes ourselves so we just sharpened them whenever they needed it.

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