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I have been working on an idea for some rolling pins. My problem is that I am a one dimensional thinker whose mind resembles a flea market after an earthquake.

Although I can get some of the stripes to line up, I am having difficulty figuring out how to align all of them. The strips are thin pieces of walnut and maple. I cut the blank into two pieces, insert the strips and re-glue it. Then rotate the blank and repeat the steps 3 more times.

My wife likes the rolling pin but I am not happy with the non-aligned stripes.

Criticisms, comments and suggestions are welcome.

Lew

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Geez…I'm amazed. I'd be thrilled if I came up with something like this!
 

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Try adapting the Celtic Knot Jig on the International Association of Penturners website. It might be what you are looking for. BTW, I think it looks great.
 

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On the 2nd two cuts are you removing a piece = to the thickness you are inserting? I think that's where your problem is. You are changing the dimensions of the pattern by inserting extra wood. Of course I am a TWO dimensional thinker with a very cluttered mind :) so I might be off base . . .
 

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I love the idea and you have just made my Christmas list a lot longer. I am going to try building something like that without the emphasis on the lines lining up… my brain hurts in any dimention when I think about that
 

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My first thought is that the lines are not lining up because it appears the cut piece was glued back into place upside down, is that possible? I'm assuming all your glue ups are done with a square blank? Sometimes I do multiple cuts and re-glues and my pieces don't line up as a whole, so I simply re-square my blank and turn the piece to find the lines looked good even though the outside did not. My 2 cents… Well, I can owe you anyway. I like the way it looks. Cover it in flour and you're good to go!
 

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Before I add my guess, I'll say that I still like this a lot. The one thought I had is that maybe the way that this gets cut, the measurements are being affected by the thickness of the saw kery that was removed. I really have no idea, but that the kind of thing that I ussually forget to account for. Good luck "fixing" it, but again, I still like it as is.
 

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looks great!... I know what you're striving for, and I've read how to do it. a year or so back in a pen turning magazine. something to do with planning ahead for the wood the kerf removes. Like the above comment, look up celtic turning designs to explain (or hopefully show) it better.
 

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I think fredf is on the right track.
I'm figuring the laminated insert is thicker than your saw kerf.
I've talked with my friend Gary quite a bit about this concept and it will work, but requires a little more attention to detail than when the insert equals the saw kerf. To use the thicker material, you will need to offset your blank in the glue up process to match the grain of the base wood.

I really like the idea though, I hadn't thought of putting a celtic knot in a rolling pin.
 

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I love it, and admittedly, I have no fix, because this isn't my area of expertise, so to speak, but I think you are proving what we all sometimes have a problem accepting. We are our own worst critics.
 

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Looks like one of the nicest rolling pins I've seen. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thanks, everyone, for the kind words, suggestions and web links.

After reading your ideas and the web links, I believe I have a handle on my problem. Those of you who mentioned the difference between the thickness of the saw kerf and the thickness of the strips were right on. I was not taking into account how the differences would make the work piece "grow" and thus change the positioning of the stripes. I now realize that to keep everything lined up, the material removed on the diagonal cuts must exactly match the material added by the filler strips.

So it's back to the shop to mill up some more material. I'll post the new and improved version when I get it finished. Might be a little while as I am getting called back to "active duty"- high school substitute teacher- for the next 6 weeks.

Again, thanks everyone for the help. It is truly appreciated.

Lew
 

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can't wait to see rolling pin 2.0!
I do like the shape and color selections you used in this pin.
 

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not lined up??? I cant tell from the pictures…what I cant tell from the pictures is you have a very beautiful piece…
 

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brilliant concept, plan, and achievement! I love this. SO impressive.
 

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Nothing wrong with what you have produced - you should be proud.
 
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