funky rolling pins

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Project by MonteCristo posted 06-09-2012 03:57 AM 6414 views 25 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife had a commerically made rolling pin that was unattractive and didn’t roll that well because of it’s cheap construction whereby the handles where connected with a steel rod and cheap bushings.

So I made the two pins shown here. She’s used the top one for a year or two now. Every now and then I re-coat it with tung oil and it still looks pretty good. It has a variety of woods (yew in the middle, walnut, maple, walnut, red oak, walnut). The handles are Hick’s Yew.

The other pin is walnut and hard maple with spalted Big Leaf Maple handles.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#1 posted 06-09-2012 04:05 AM

They look very nice, how did you attach you handles?

-- Vince

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#2 posted 06-09-2012 04:18 AM

Wow these are very very cool . I bet lots of folks would like to see how you made these.


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#3 posted 06-09-2012 04:56 AM

I second that, curious how it was made too. Very cool looking though

-- Ben from IL

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#4 posted 06-09-2012 05:33 AM

Really nice..They make great back massagers also.

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#5 posted 06-09-2012 05:37 AM

A “how blog” is hereby requested” :-) Very nice ! I like the paterns.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#6 posted 06-09-2012 06:46 AM

love these how you do it

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 06-09-2012 10:53 AM

super nice rollers..I esp like the back one.

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#8 posted 06-09-2012 02:39 PM

those are cool. Nice design

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#9 posted 06-09-2012 03:14 PM

how to, how to, how to …!

I like the “Eye of Sauron”-design :-)

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#10 posted 06-09-2012 05:16 PM

Glad some of you liked these. I will post a summary of “how” as soon as I can but it’s not that complex.

Vince: the handles have turned tenons on the ends. I use a good drill bit (parabolic bit from Lee Valley) to make a motise in the main body endgrain.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#11 posted 06-09-2012 07:29 PM

Is tung oil considered food safe? When I got my cutting board my research suggested mineral oil (iirc). Either way, they are quite nice to look at. :]

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#12 posted 06-09-2012 10:30 PM

Very Nice!!

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

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#13 posted 06-10-2012 01:33 AM

I’ll be watching for the “how to” also. Very neat project

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#14 posted 06-10-2012 02:54 AM

I am echo or ditto on the previous posts, gorgeous ending on a utilitarian tool. What glues used for assembly? The handles alone are worth close-up shots, nice looking wood.

Great work, sure the SWMBO is pleased.

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#15 posted 06-10-2012 04:23 AM

Just a friendly heads up to all those (including me) wondering on the how-to’s of construction, he has explained the process in his blog

-- Ben from IL

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