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Project by Sam posted 12-08-2012 05:24 AM 1753 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many thanks to Lew for his wonderful tutorial on how to make a French rolling pin. This (well, not this EXACT one) was an item on my daughter-in-law to-be’s gift registry. This was my first attempt at a glue up deal like this. I used maple and walnut. I have more of both left over and my wife has dibs on the next pin. Hopefully I will work out some of the kinks in the next one that is made. Thanks for looking and feel free to offer suggestions.

Thanks again Lew!!


-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#1 posted 12-08-2012 05:34 AM

looks like you got a winner here sam

make the girls happy

if i had a lathe
well you know

well done

thanks lew
for all the help too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-08-2012 11:00 AM

Nice job! I’m sure it will be appreciated.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 12-08-2012 01:17 PM

Looks great. What are the dimensions?

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-08-2012 10:01 PM

Hello Sam

Love the design. I want to learn it, please. Can you explain the procedure or is there a tutorial on this somewhere?? I would like to incorporate it into a turned pen. You can PM me if you would like or I can give you my email.

Thanks and that looks fantastic.

John T.

-- John T.

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#5 posted 12-08-2012 10:49 PM

Very Nice!!
I need to try to make one of these.
Wonderful Job!
Daughter-in-law will Love it.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#6 posted 12-09-2012 04:53 AM

Thanks all for the nice comments.

MONTE: I believe it was about 22” long and about 1.7” in the center. It tapered down a bit toward the ends. Be it fortunate or unfortunate, I no longer have it in my possession so I can’t measure it!

JTTHECLOCKMAN: Most everything is explained in a great tutorial blog by Lew. I made a few modifications to fit my available resources. Not sure how long my jig will hold up (I didn’t make it as robust as explained in the tutorial). Also, the kerf of my tablesaw is about 3/32” and I resawed walnut to this thickness. Rather than cutting a dado and sandwiching 3 pieces in the groove, I cut 2 tablesaw grooves and glued the walnut strips into each groove. Like you, I am also considering this look in a pen. I think I may experiment with something that can give me a kerf thinner than my table saw. I may just cut all the way through the blank and glue everything back up using a veneer in between. Who knows?! That’s the fun of experimenting! Good luck to you!

-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#7 posted 12-09-2012 05:12 AM

Beautiful Job!!

You really nailed the “diamonds”- they’re perfect!

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

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#8 posted 12-09-2012 05:20 AM


Thanks for the link and thanks Lew for the tutorial. Now that I look at the final results it is basically 2 celtic knots spaced 3/8 apart. I have done these knots in pens before but there is something different with the diamond look. I am going to have to try this. If it can be done with 2 why not 3 or 4. ???

-- John T.

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