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CFrye

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07-06-2019 09:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rolling pin end grain maple stamping dough question scroll saw

I want to make some rolling pins and put the owner’s initial in/on one end. My first thought was to carve the letters. My carving skills are pretty much non-existent. End grain carving hard maple is probably not a good first carving project. Now I am thinking of gluing a face grain piece with contrasting color on to the ends.
Would this be a problem with any possible expansion/contraction of either piece?
My idea is to make it possible to use the end to stamp the initial into the dough once rolled out. More of a fun thing for a kid than any other purpose. I can use the scroll saw to cut the letters(backwards), OR cut the letters into a disc of wood which would leave the letters somewhat proud in the dough. Any thoughts on which would be better?
Wood glue or epoxy?
This will be a kids rolling pin and may end up being used on Play Dough. Would that cause any problem with…???
Thanks in advance for your help.

-- God bless, Candy


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SMP

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#1 posted 07-06-2019 11:19 PM

Could use punches. I got a cheap set at HF, though I am not sure what size ypu would want.

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CFrye

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#2 posted 07-06-2019 11:38 PM

I use punches to place my ID mark. The end of the rolling pins will be 1.75ā€ in diameter. So Iā€™d like the letters to be about 1.5ā€ tall. Only one letter per end.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 07-06-2019 11:49 PM

the vintage look of a branding iron would look nice.
bend some steel wire to the shape you need, heat it red hot
with the bottle torch and brand the wood.
lots of practice on the same type wood would be a good idea.
or ~ if you have the Weller style soldering iron, you could use
copper wire for the brand and heated with the soldering gun
instead of the bottle torch.

.

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#4 posted 07-06-2019 11:51 PM

A wood burning iron might be the best bet.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 07-07-2019 12:14 AM



the vintage look of a branding iron would look nice.
bend some steel wire to the shape you need, heat it red hot
with the bottle torch and brand the wood.
lots of practice on the same type wood would be a good idea.
or ~ if you have the Weller style soldering iron, you could use
copper wire for the brand and heated with the soldering gun
instead of the bottle torch.

.

- John Smith

Thats a great tip! I have an old bakelite weller with some ridiculous wattage should work good for that.

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 07-07-2019 12:18 AM

I agree… Wood Burning it is probably best… Like a Branding Iron.

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torus

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#7 posted 07-07-2019 01:34 AM

This could work

Hotstamps Uppercase Alphabet Branding

I actually used them and it is OK for one or two letters. To do words is pain in the neck…

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Grumpy

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#8 posted 07-07-2019 01:46 AM

Candy, I had a stamp made up that I burn into all my projects. No fancy tools needed
You can do your own design & provide the maker with a jpg picture & the dimensions and they will make it for you.
Can use it over & over again.
I just use a gas burner to heat it up.
Send me a message if you want the retailer

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 07-07-2019 12:09 PM

Pencil in the letters like you want them and then use a sharp pointed wood burner to follow the lines. That would be the best for the end grain.

cheers, Jim

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#10 posted 07-07-2019 12:54 PM

If the main reason for the letters is to use them as a stamp (since they have to in reverse to be readable), I doubt that you will get enough releaf by burning them in. If you do, it is likely to be so ragged looking it won’t leave a good crisp looking impression anyway. I think that I would carve them (in reverse) on a separate medallion and either glue them to the ends or just make a separate stamp. Wood movement on a 2” diameter piece will not be that much but to minimize the risk you could mount the stamp on a dowel and drill a hole in the end of the rolling pin and just glue the dowel in.

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ibewjon

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#11 posted 07-07-2019 01:09 PM

A Dremel with a burr bit should work on the end grain. Round or pointed. Draw the letter or design and grind away.

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#12 posted 07-08-2019 04:28 PM

Thank you all for your responses. On a more rustic piece I’d be all for the wood burning idea (I will certainly tuck away all the various methods mentioned for a rainy day). You’ve given me a lot to think about.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 07-08-2019 08:06 PM

Can you show us what you did when you do it? :)

Thank you!

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#14 posted 07-08-2019 08:30 PM



Can you show us what you did when you do it? :)

Thank you!

- Joe Lyddon


I will, Joe. Thank you!

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 07-09-2019 01:19 AM

Good luck with it Candy.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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