Kitchen Treasures #1 Making the Celtic Knot Rolling Pin #5: Update

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Blog entry by lew posted 08-02-2009 11:53 PM 25484 reads 30 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Glue Up and Trimming The Blank- The Final Steps Part 5 of Kitchen Treasures #1 Making the Celtic Knot Rolling Pin series Part 6: Additional Update »

The other day, I posted another rolling pin. There have been several requests about how to make them. I thought I should update this tutorial with the new and improved trimming jig.

Top of jig- hold down clamps, handle, and cutout. The cutout is the main new part to this jig. Previously I was using my tapering jig. The problem I encountered was that if the trimming process was not perfectly flush with the pin blank during the first trimming operation, then the blank would not clamp flat during the next set of trimmings. Because the blank doesn’t have to be perfect at this point, I changed the jig so the blank is only supported on the ends during all trimming processes. This eliminated the problem.

Bottom of jig- I used a miter slot runner on this jig, that way I don’t have to bother with the rip fence as I did with my taper jig.

Close up of the thin pieces that create the knot. I make the thin strips the same width as the pin blank. During the cutting/assembly process, the diagonal slot, for these strips, is cut in the blank but NOT all the way thru. The cut leaves about 1/16” of the blank in tack. This maintains the knots orientation evenly around the blank. The strips stick up a little because of the little part that’s not cut. I guess I could be more accurate but not every pin blank ends up exactly 2” square so I don’t take any chances.

The blank on the jig: When I made the jig, I made it wide and trimmed it on the saw. The saw blade will trim the blank flush with the edge of the jig. So aligning the blank with the edge of the jig trims everything pretty flush.

Close up of one end of the strips ready to be cut.

If anyone has questions, comments or an idea how this could be done any other way, I’m open for new ideas!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 08-03-2009 12:49 AM

Great set of shots. Thanks for the review.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 12:53 AM

Hey Lew
good close ups

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#3 posted 08-03-2009 02:10 AM

Hey! Lew,
Just saw this post on the rolling pin. You are doing a great job with the postings. Kinda makes me wish that I hadn’t sold the ole lathe.(LOL)
Keep up the good work!
God bless!

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#4 posted 08-03-2009 02:45 AM

Hi Lew.
The jigs developed by craft woodworker works better., for sure.
Thanks for sharing the trade secret.
Take care & may God bless you!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 04:03 AM

Thanks for the review, lew.

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#6 posted 08-03-2009 06:32 AM

Great jig! Thanks for all the info, very cool….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 08-03-2009 06:35 AM

Thanks Lew !!!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#8 posted 08-03-2009 07:03 AM

Thanks for a great tutorial, nice work.

-- Tom D

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#9 posted 08-03-2009 06:24 PM

Thanks for the update it is very helpful.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#10 posted 08-05-2009 01:52 PM

Your design is fantastic!! And your tutorial is very well done,easy to understand.
Thanks for all your time and hardwork :-)

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#11 posted 08-10-2009 06:43 AM

taken me two days to catch up…thanks for the instructions lew!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 11-05-2009 08:45 AM

Lew, very well done, if you want to see it done differently, go to google and type in Making a double cross pen. with your knowledge you can make it close to what you have I think. also this website I believe is the same, thank you for sharing your Idea.

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#13 posted 11-07-2009 09:06 AM

Lew, let me know if you come up with different designs using the website I gave you, I would be interested in what you come up with. (Very interested)

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#14 posted 12-06-2009 02:22 AM

I have a headache! Your out of my ballpark….. I would love to do this, but don’t believe that I have the shop skills or the understanding to currently make this. This would be a very nice thing to film and put on u-tube or sell it. I know I would buy one. I have not given up, but am only being truthfull about my woodworking skills. I am in central Pennsylvania, where are you located? Thanks for all the good reading and hard work you put out for us here on Lumberjocks. MUCH appreciated.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#15 posted 01-13-2010 06:02 PM


I’m new to L J but I really like your rolling pin design. Is there a link to making the first jig you show in your tutorial? If you could post it I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank You,


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