Tapered French rolling pins "turned" on the bandsaw.

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Project by DHS posted 12-19-2015 08:49 PM 1868 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made my first tapered rolling pin a few months ago after my wife and I took a pie-baking class. The instructor’s pin worked so well I immediately built my own, shaping it with a block plane and a spokeshave. Then, I decided at the last minute to make rolling pins as Christmas gifts for some of my friends and family members that bake. I did not have time to make all of them by hand. And, I don’t own a lathe. So, I devised a jig that allowed me to shape the pins on my bandsaw.

The jig has a rail attached to the lower base that rides in the bandsaw table miter slot. The upper base has slots that allow the rest of the jig to be adjusted at an angle to the blade so I can make the taper cut. Once adjusted, a pair of knobs locks the jig in place. The workpiece is secured in place by pins embedded in 3/4-inch dowel. A clamp holds the workpiece and jig together.

To make a rolling pin, adjust the angle to create the desired taper, rotate the workpiece into position and cut the taper on all four sides of the workpiece. Then, shave the corners to make an octagon. Shave the eight corners to make a hexadecagon. (I had to look up that word.) Then, rotate the workpiece as you slowly push it past the blade to shave it into a cylinder. Flip the workpiece and repeat on the other side. Adjust the taper angle and shave the workpiece two more times to create the gradual curve from the ends to the center of the pin. Sand all around with a random orbital sander to 220 grit and finish with mineral oil. ViolĂ !

Using this jig, I managed to knock out a bunch of identical rolling pins in just a few hours. And, just to prove that the rolling pin actually works, the final photo shows what you (and, in this case, your spouse) can make with it.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#1 posted 12-19-2015 10:15 PM

Where there is a will there is a way, Hats of to you to come up with this ingenious method. It definitely works for you. I make them also for people and to sell. I posted my method quite awhile ago. A little different too. Well done. I gave one to someone on my last trip and the lady called me this week to thank me and tell me how well it worked. I gave a smaller one to a lady that had tried my regular one. For small hand the smaller worked well and could make the pie shells lickity split.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 12-20-2015 01:11 AM

Those pies look real good Dave, I can see why you had to make the pin.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 12-20-2015 02:52 AM

Wow, very creative, thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 12-20-2015 04:05 AM

You make this look as easy as pie! :) Great idea and excellent engineering.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#5 posted 12-20-2015 04:56 AM

Wow, that’s something new for me. No I can turn on bandsaw also – good work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 12-20-2015 10:15 PM

Genius and charming all in one post!

-- Greg Simon

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#7 posted 12-21-2015 04:27 PM

Sheer genius! The pies look great. I’ll bring my own plate and fork along with a gallon of ice cream. Now, if you will give me your address.

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