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BrewinHooligan, I'm in your boat brother. I love beer so I brew a lot of it, I love coffee so I converted an old popcorn popper, I love shooting guns so I reload my own rounds. Well, I also love cigars so now after seeing your beautiful smokes on HBT, I have 100 dollars worth of tobacco on the way. Trying to get started on the cheap, so I made a one dollar chavetta. Have some scrap wood laying around, so I made a mold. Seen a DIY tuck cutter had to make one with some scrap metal and wood I have laying around. What the heck is wrong with me? If I get divorced at least I'll have coffee, beer, smokes, and my guns to help me cope.
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BrewinHooligan, I'm in your boat brother. I love beer so I brew a lot of it, I love coffee so I converted an old popcorn popper, I love shooting guns so I reload my own rounds. Well, I also love cigars so now after seeing your beautiful smokes on HBT, I have 100 dollars worth of tobacco on the way. Trying to get started on the cheap, so I made a one dollar chavetta. Have some scrap wood laying around, so I made a mold. Seen a DIY tuck cutter had to make one with some scrap metal and wood I have laying around. What the heck is wrong with me? If I get divorced at least I'll have coffee, beer, smokes, and my guns to help me cope.
Tell me more about this DIY tuck cutter! Glad to see you over here
 
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The one dollar chaveta knife. One dollar tree stainless steel scraper and about 5 minutes with the grinder.

Here's the start of the Tuck Cutter. A quick pass on the router table. Cut some angle iron, hit it with the grinder, heat treated the edge to harden the metal. Not sure if I'm going to put a slide stop on it or just drill holes for a peg. It's a work in progess.

Here's the mold. I offset one of the holes to see if that worked better. Well I quickly figured out that was a bad idea. I'll call this one a prototype. Still have some sanding to do but it should do the job.
 
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The one dollar chaveta knife. One dollar tree stainless steel scraper and about 5 minutes with the grinder.

Here's the start of the Tuck Cutter. A quick pass on the router table. Cut some angle iron, hit it with the grinder, heat treated the edge to harden the metal. Not sure if I'm going to put a slide stop on it or just drill holes for a peg. It's a work in progess.

Here's the mold. I offset one of the holes to see if that worked better. Well I quickly figured out that was a bad idea. I'll call this one a prototype. Still have some sanding to do but it should do the job.
Are your pix in a private album?
 
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Are your pix in a private album?
Yup! Just changed it to open. Should be able to see them now.

I already made a change to my Tuck cutter. Ordered some concave razor blades. Now I have to figure out how to attach the blade to the arm. Thinking a few tack welds. Which will allow me to change out the blades if they get dull.
 
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Yup! Just changed it to open. Should be able to see them now.

I already made a change to my Tuck cutter. Order some concave razor blades. Now I have to figure out how to attach the blade to the arm. Thinking a few tack welds. Which will allow me to change out the blades if they get dull.
looks good. your coming right along.
 
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Yup! Just changed it to open. Should be able to see them now.

I already made a change to my Tuck cutter. Order some concave razor blades. Now I have to figure out how to attach the blade to the arm. Thinking a few tack welds. Which will allow me to change out the blades if they get dull.
If you can and are willing to make another one with a slide stop let a guy know. A slide stop isn't even a must have, but I dig the hand made aspect of what you're doing. Message me if you wanna work something out.
 
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If you can and are willing to make another one with a slide stop let a guy know. A slide stop isn't even a must have, but I dig the hand made aspect of what you're doing. Message me if you wanna work something out.
BH,
This one is the prototype. When I get the concave razor blades installed to my liking and I figure out a good slide stop device. I'll for sure make you one. I got some torsion springs ideas in the works to. Right now it's a manual open but if I can find the right weight spring it will stay open. Going to switch to aluminum arms. I don't need steel if I've got disposable blades. I'll keep you posted on the progress with pictures.
 
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Nice to hear, I've sparked interest! I'm working with a 3D printer place trying to find a way to mount disposable blades. I'll post my progress once I get a working prototype. If I can get a solid unit that works, I will gladly share it will y'all. Keep in mind I haven't even rolled a single cigar yet. I have a feeling I'm going to love rolling cigars.
 

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Nice to hear, I've sparked interest! I'm working with a 3D printer place trying to find a way to mount disposable blades. I'll post my progress once I get a working prototype. If I can get a solid unit that works, I will gladly share it will y'all. Keep in mind I haven't even rolled a single cigar yet. I have a feeling I'm going to love rolling cigars.
I love liking them. I’m finding that I have time to roll maybe 5 here and there.
When I have time, I don’t really feel like it because it’s already been a long day.

I hope you find making a cigar as enjoyable as the rest of us do.
 
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I'll be that guy orders 30 pounds of tobacco and only rolls 3 at time until he finds a killer blend. Then spends a weekend rolling 300 cigars. And, stops for 6 months or until that blend gets tiresome. And goes right back to square one with another 30 pound order.
 
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I'll be that guy orders 30 pounds of tobacco and only rolls 3 at time until he finds a killer blend. Then spends a weekend rolling 300 cigars. And, stops for 6 months or until that blend gets tiresome. And goes right back to square one with another 30 pound order.
Since a leaf yields two wrappers, roll in multiples of two. I suggest 4 at a time as a starting point unless you are testing a variety of wrappers, then you gotta increase that.
 
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I placed an order with LO on Thursday, and I'm kinda shocked that it just arrived, Monday morning. That was with the standard 3-5-day turnaround. I guess Thursdays are the magical order day. I placed a WLT order this morning and I seriously thought I'd see those leaves before the LO ones I ordered 4 days ago.
 
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