Segmented Rolling Pin

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Project by Matt posted 01-14-2016 02:41 PM 2025 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Literally my first lathe project. I was lucky enough to acquire a lathe in a trade with a friend of mine and I had it sitting on the shelf for 2 years. I have no idea what I was thinking I am hooked, I love it, my shop is a consistent disaster as a result but who cares.

Having never used a Lathe I watched countless hours of Youtube videos to learn some of the basics. The thing that stuck out to me the most was making sure your tools were as sharp as possible. I guess that meant I had to buy a Workrsharp 3000, damn that’s too bad.

Anyways, the idea to make rolling pins came from one of the Youtube videos talking about lathe basics, the concept is easy enough to understand. I read a couple articles and thought the segmented idea was a good way to start. I cut and laminated some Cherry and Maple together as you can see in the 4th picture and then got to work. As I began cutting I learned very quickly what it meant to SNAG the chisel and how you shouldn’t do that. I also learned it’s not a great idea to not wear a respirator of some sort while sanding.

Not having a set of Calipers I made the handles completely by feel, and so far I have been somewhat successful with that method. I know in the future as I continue with this rolling pin venture I will have to get some more tools but so far so good.

Being that this was one of my first projects and knowing that it had a couple of mistakes, a slightly off center glue up and a small void that chipped out of the handle I gave it to my mother for Christmas. As a mother you love the things your children make for you, defects and all!

I will make many more segmented pins, I really enjoy the look of the finished piece.

Thanks for looking,


-- The more sawdust I make more I dont want to go to work! Is it worth it?

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#1 posted 01-14-2016 04:17 PM

Excellent first project on the new lathe Matt! You’ve brought back memories for me; dull tools, first catch (snag), chips all over the place, and I made a rolling pin for my daughter with a few flaws from the tree in our backyard. Also, I wear my respirator all the time in the shop now. Have fun.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 01-14-2016 08:35 PM

Looks great man! I think you have quite a future as a turner!

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