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What coffe grinder

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#1 Mainard

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 07:15 PM

I want to start making some personal blend dubbing and was wondering what grinders people use . I will be buying one but wondering which ones people use and any that I should stay away from . Than you

#2 rstaight

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 07:24 PM

Put your pieces in a bowl and cover with Saran wrap or something similar and use compressed air.

The blades in a grinder will chop your material finer until they are dulled.

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#3 Gene L

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 07:30 PM

I used to use a generic coffee grinder, and it worked fine.  On natural furs, I would hesitate to put synthetics in it unless they were finely chopped.  Worked well, until I figured I didn't use enough dubbing to justify mixing my own.



#4 Jaydub

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 09:39 PM

Just about any blade type coffee grinder will work fine.

 

I would avoid this one. wink.png

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 09:48 PM

get a cheap one from walmart, target or dollar stores

 

brand is irrelevant


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#6 fshng2

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 12:31 AM

A tip I learned was to dull the blades to keep from cutting the fibers.
I dulled my blades with a sharpening stone.

#7 mikechell

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 06:44 AM

Shop the Goodwill and other thrift stores before you buy new.  I saw one a couple of days ago at the Richmond Goodwill ... $2.00.


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#8 Rocco

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 07:04 AM

The blades will not cut that much if you pulse the grinder rather than put the hammer down and hold it.

 

A little squirel dubbing in your coffee is a cheap price to pay for custom dubbing. 

 

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#9 tjm

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 07:50 AM

This thread was educational, in that previously I had never heard of blade type coffee grinders, though if I saw one I would have called  it a blender. I'm still not sure how the two differentiated.



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Posted 22 January 2019 - 08:22 AM

Get the cheapest one you can find. If you're using synthetics (I make lots of my dubbing from acrylic yarn) pulse it; otherwise, the friction from the blades can make it funky.

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#11 Rocco

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 10:56 AM

Mixing a dash of  acrylics with natural dubbing is good too.



#12 Mainard

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 12:15 PM

Ok thanks for the input . I'll first go to goodwill then in nothing off to Wally World . I have a munch of different squirrel that I want to make usable .

#13 NohackleHS

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 03:34 PM

I've been tying for over 30 years and have never used a coffee grinder.  I've probably tied a couple of thousand flies.  When I want to blend dubbing, I take the two or three dubbing colors I want to blend and put them on top of each other. I then pull the dubbing apart into two portions.  I then stack the two portions on top of each other and pull them apart again.  By repeating this process I can make the color i want.  Sometimes rotating one portion over the other speeds up the blending process.  With this hand process I can add or subtract dubbing colors to make the exact color I want.  I've been using this process so long it only takes me a few minutes to blend the dubbing.  Granted this process won't chop the dubbing into shorter pieces if this is desired but if your main purpose is just to blend dubbing, it works fine.  Just pointing out that there is more than one way to blend dubbing.



#14 tjm

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 04:52 PM

NohackleHS. that works here too. long time ago I read in a magazine about using a blender to mix custom dubbing, went looking for a yardsale or thrift store blender and tried the process a few times; my conclusion was that hand mixing is much faster and easier for me. Saw a mixing system in a catalog that uses combs like carding wool that would suit me better, maybe,  if wanting large quantities.  Then, why would I want large quantities of a "special" blend? it doesn't take much for a dozen flies.







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