More French style rolling pins

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Project by GenuineGeek posted 09-21-2014 05:46 PM 3622 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using various pieces of wood that was disposed of by a stair company and some from pallets I have created another load of rolling pins.
Glued up straight pieces until I got a pretty much 2 inch square blank about 16 inches long.
Then I cut them on an angle using my home made jig.
Followed by very tricky clamping routine so that the angle pieces stay where I want them. I hold one piece in the table camp and start there. Then add the glue and put pieces in place I have to add clamps on all sides to keep it from moving including a clamp on the ends to keep the pieces from drifting apart, that is the essential element.
Finished with Watco “Butcher Block Oil and Finish” which leaves a hard, glossy surface that is certified food safe.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#1 posted 09-21-2014 05:52 PM

They look great and nice pictures too!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#2 posted 09-21-2014 06:25 PM

Those are some great looking rolling pins.Thanks for sharing the process and photos. Nice work.
Just wondering if you ever tried surgical tubing for your glue up instead of clamps ?


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#3 posted 09-21-2014 07:14 PM

I really like the unique design.

Thanks for sharing your technique. Looks great!

-- Brad, Texas,

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#4 posted 09-21-2014 08:29 PM

These would be a good source material for making interesting toy tops. The colors would blend together as they spun.

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#5 posted 09-21-2014 10:27 PM

No Jim, I have never thought of using surgical tubing instead of clamps, I guess I just used what I had and have not thought outside of the box for clamping, but I can picture how to use traditional clamps and tubing together for the angle cuts.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#6 posted 09-21-2014 10:30 PM

Those look great! I like the color choices and just a very nice artistic look to them. Thanks for sharing.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#7 posted 09-21-2014 11:36 PM

Thanks guys. I like the deep red of what I think is African Mahogany but I only had a bunch of small pieces which is why they are often the accent pieces on an angle. It is a very hard wood.
I forgot to mention that I turned mostly with carbide tools and used an old trick to made sure that I easily found the high spots when they were almost complete. I used a 16 inch piece of walnut cut strait and while the lathe was running I held it against the rolling pin and it would transfer dark marks on the high spots so I would know where I need to cut some more.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#8 posted 09-22-2014 10:02 AM

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pins! Another way to use small pieces (‘cause there is no such a thing as ‘scrap’ in my world)!! Are the ends tapered or straight? The walnut ‘highspot marker’ tip will definately be added to my routine. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 09-22-2014 03:50 PM

The ends are just slightly tapered so that they won’t leave a sharp line in the dough when it is being rolled out. I only taper the last 3/4 of an inch or so whereas the commercially made french style rolling pins that I have seen are tapered over 3 inches on both ends leaving only about 8 inches of flat surface.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#10 posted 09-22-2014 06:23 PM

Way cool, neat xmas gift too, hmmmmmmm

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 09-23-2014 02:44 PM

You have done a fantastic job with those pins!

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

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