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Striped rolling pin #1: Striped Roling Pin

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Blog entry by BillGo posted 02-22-2021 04:17 AM 531 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been experimenting with making a striped rolling pin. I am bummed that I did not take a picture of the blank I started with. It was a piece of maple the full width in the middle, with three square pieces, walnut, maple, walnut on top and bottom. 21” long, and if you look at the end, it looks like a white ”+” with dark corners.

The rolling pins I was going for, were 1.75” diameter, with tapered ends. I was trying to make the black and white stripes of equal size. I knew the corner pieces, would get narrower as the diameter shrank, but the white stripes would stay a constant width. I wasn’t sure how to predict the diameter of the rolling pin when the stripes were equal width. My plan was to keep checking, but stop when they were equal widths.

After gluing up the pieces, and Finding the centers of the ends, I turned the entire length to the same diameter. I got it round at 2.25”, but the black was still wider than the white. I took that down to 2”, and found that the black and white were the same width. It was bigger than I wanted, but the pattern was good, so I decided to stop at that width. I then added the taper on the ends, and adjusted the ends to 1.5” instead of the 1.25” I had planned…

This is when I noticed a problem with the tapers. I expected the black stripes to get narrower in the tapers:

...but one of the black stripes got much narrower than the others in the taper:

I thought it was the center, that when I made the holes to secure the blank in the lathe, maybe I did not get the center marked properly. Looking at the end, it looks like the problem is bigger than that. It looks like when I was building uo the blank I was not careful enough, and as you can see the bottom white piece in the center is shifted compared to the one on the top:

Sigh… The good news is, it is not much work to have another go…

-- Bill - in New Hampshire



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