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New Waxing tool.
« on: December 24, 2008, 03:35:12 PM »
I improved my Wax dipping tool.

Old tool: (bent up hanger)


New Tool: (12 dollars worth of angle aluminum and #6-32 threaded rod)


Pretty straight forward.  The cheese rests on 4 small posts.


Here it is, in use:




« Last Edit: December 24, 2008, 07:13:52 PM by Wayne Harris »
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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2008, 10:14:09 PM »
Dam that looks sweet all shiny.
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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2008, 04:46:02 PM »
Looks good.  Just wondering, do you they brush on some wax to cover the post marks?
Also how much wax do you have in that pot  :o  That's one mean looking dipping vat.

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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2008, 07:15:36 PM »
Here is the waxing tool without any cheese in it.

It does leave 4 pea sized bare spots.

I simply wait for the wax to cool.  (Place whole frame into fridge or out in the garage and wait 3 min)

then i remove the wheel and turn upside down.  then i get a table spoon of wax and put a couple of drops carefully in each hole.
My vat has about 5 - 6 lbs of wax in it.  Its about 10in in diameter, and about 6 inches deep.

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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2008, 03:33:00 AM »
You can also goto the dollar store and buy a cheap frosting knife, looks like a curd knife and heat it up on the stove and after dripping wax on the pea size holes smooth them out.
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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2009, 10:48:37 AM »
This is so awesome.

I'm going to look into making my own in a few days when I go to the hardware store.

Knowing I will do loads of gouda in the next year, I want to get a dedicated red wax stockpot.  Already have 6 lbs. wax ready to go.  This dipping cage looks cheap and perfect, simple to make, and effective.  My waxing has worked but never been too smooth or comfortable.

Wayne--how is it working out for you in the long run?  Any drawbacks with wax collecting on the gear?
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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2009, 12:17:12 PM »
Here is the waxing tool without any cheese in it.

It does leave 4 pea sized bare spots.

I simply wait for the wax to cool.  (Place whole frame into fridge or out in the garage and wait 3 min)

then i remove the wheel and turn upside down.  then i get a table spoon of wax and put a couple of drops carefully in each hole.
My vat has about 5 - 6 lbs of wax in it.  Its about 10in in diameter, and about 6 inches deep.


Very ingenious Wayne, good luck, wish you many cheese waxing.
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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2009, 12:25:34 PM »
So cool!  You could probably sell this thing!
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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2009, 01:25:49 PM »
The only drawback is the 4 small bare spots due to the posts.
I have to use a small spoon full of wax to fill the holes.
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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2009, 01:34:44 PM »
Question, are you just dipping the cheese once?  If so, what if you turn it over and wax it one more time then the small spots are filled in, just not as thick as the rest...
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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2009, 01:36:46 PM »
i dip several times, kinda tilting it so excess runs to one side
then do it again.

I guess I could wait for it to cool, then merely rotate it 90deg and dip again.

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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2009, 02:24:26 PM »
OR that might work  ;D
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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2009, 11:33:45 AM »
I build one myself, a little narrower and with a cheaper wax set up, but it does hold my 8" wheels if tilted into place.  Haven't used yet, but here are the photos...  thanks Wayne!  This was a very cheap and easy contraption to build!!






I can then reverse it and do the same with another color wax using the "handle" side.  Perhaps black wax if I get rolling with cheddars.
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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2009, 12:21:10 PM »
Very Nice!
I like the way you did the bottom support bolts!  I will reverse mine like yours!.   
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Re: New Waxing tool.
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2009, 02:55:04 PM »
Yep great looking set up there.  Looks like you are ready for some serious waxing.