Rolling Pin for Cookie Dough

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Project by SPalm posted 01-11-2009 07:45 PM 4093 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once the wife unit had seen the rolling pin by lew, I was off to build one. (Thanks for the how-to blog series, lew.) She wanted it straight all the way across with no taper for rolling out dough for cookie cutters. She also wants to be able to use her set of special thick rubber band thingies that are placed on the ends of the pin and hold it a set distance off of the counter, kind of like changing bearing sizes on a dado router bit.

We picked maple and cherry for the inlay material. We wanted it subtle, but maybe this is too subtle. I suppose the cherry will darken some with age, and maybe I’ll place it in the sunshine when spring comes. I sealed the grain with Minwax sealer and then sanded it back down to 500 grit. It feels great and is a joy to handle.

The rays of the maple really show best in the first picture. They are quite stunning. It was a bit of a trick to get this piece all the same thickness when I only have a 6” tool rest. My skew work is improving.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 01-11-2009 07:53 PM


Thanks for making me look good!

Beautiful Job- the Maple and Cherry look GREAT together!


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

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John Gray

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#2 posted 01-11-2009 08:35 PM

Beautiful job, THANKS!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 01-11-2009 08:42 PM

Great job, Steve! I’m going to have to go back and read that “how to” because this is one of those “how’d he do that” projects for me.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 01-11-2009 08:46 PM

Steve, let me share a secret, once its covered with flour it won’t matter whether the cherry is dark or light, when its not, its beautiful. (I’m glad my wife doesn’t pay any attention to this web site.)

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#5 posted 01-12-2009 12:04 AM

Steve. I see you put the Wood Show wood to great use. What are you going to do with the second piece.

Great job. Nice meeting you and your wife at the show.

-- 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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#6 posted 01-12-2009 12:37 AM

If we say nice things about the rolling pin, do we get a cookie??? I love this, great job!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 01-12-2009 02:39 AM

Hi Steve;

This is a nice piece of work. Looks like excellent skew handling.

Very nice;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 01-12-2009 05:51 AM

That is one SWEET rolling pin!


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#9 posted 01-12-2009 03:03 PM

Thanks guys.

Lew, you should see my first prototype. I mistakenly cut one side twice. You are working upside down on the table saw cuts, so I didn’t see it. Anyway I glued in four sections but only ended up with three. I didn’t notice until I started turning. I was so confused as to why I only had three loops. I guess it was a testament as to the accuracy of the jig to completely remove the last inlay. I felt so stupid.

Hey Karson, yup that maple is from the Woodworking Show. Glad you remembered. It was so nice to meet you too. I am not sure what to do with the second piece. I think I am done with rolling pins for a while.

The cherry has already darkened somewhat. And everyone gets a cookie!

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 01-14-2009 01:15 AM

these are so beautiful

I was watching a cooking show and the chef was making pasty with a plain old rolling pin… someone should contact tv chefs about these gorgeous creations!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 05-20-2010 07:35 PM

good job on the rolling pin, I used the same concept to make my flower vase that you used for the inlay

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#12 posted 05-24-2010 04:53 AM

Another winner well done Steve


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