Black walnut rolling pin

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Blog entry by KDusty posted 02-17-2020 11:57 PM 349 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Attempted my first ever turning project. Had an awesome time.

I’m kind of stuck now.
I do not own a drill press yet.
And don’t have any chucks for my really old lathe that was collecting rust in my gramps garage
So I cleaned it up and oiled it really good and was amazed it still worked

Any tips on how to bore a hole through the center of the roller? Its right around 16 inches

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#1 posted 02-18-2020 02:55 AM

Nice job on the rollling pin. Unfortunately the best way to bore the whole takes a chuck and bits you don’t have. Since this is a first, maybe consider changing to a French Rolling pin. Unlike the ones in the US, a French rolling pin is solid and doesn’t spin on an axis so no need to bore a hole.

-- Thanks, Steve

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#2 posted 02-18-2020 03:09 PM

If you have and neighbors, friends, or coworkers with a shopsmith this can be easily done w/o a lathe chuck, just a thought

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#3 posted 02-18-2020 06:02 PM

The big challenge with boring a long hole is controlling any drift of the bit. I would go with the french rolling pin idea.

You could use the handles for your next rolling pin. Next time, start with 2 halves to form the blank. Cut a channel in each half to accept a rod for the handles. Then glue the halves together and turn the pin. You might need to plug the ends to get it mounted in your lathe. You can drill out the plugs after turning.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 02-18-2020 06:14 PM

Thank you everyone for your help. I’m going with the 2 halves this time and make Channel before hand!

Then on too a few french rolling pins to give away! Enjoying the lathe!

Thankfully I have more black walnut than i know what to do with!

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#5 posted 02-19-2020 05:15 PM

Looks great. I wouldn’t bore a hole at all. That would look really good as a French style roller with tapered ends and no handles. Many people, myself included prefer rolling pins without handles. It’s a more traditional rustic style and actually quite a bit more functional. You have more feedback and more control over the pin.

-- “If not for Roubo, the back of the U.S. nickle would be blank.” -Roy U.

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