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Forum topic by TEK73 posted 12-14-2019 03:28 PM 224 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TEK73

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12-14-2019 03:28 PM

Hi

I’m thinking about making a rolling pin that will be 8cm in diameter and 32cm wide.
I’m not consern about making the roller itself, but she would like the handles to roll and I’m very doughtful that I will be able to drill a straight 32cm hole trough the roller.

Anyone know how I might attach the handles to the roller in a good way?

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 12-14-2019 03:53 PM

The easiest way is on the lathe. I assume you have a lathe or your going have square rolling pin. Get a drill chuck with a Morse taper to fit your tail stock.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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TEK73

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#2 posted 12-14-2019 04:19 PM

Yes, I have a lathe.
Never used it with a drill chuck before.

Was wondering if there were a different way to mount the handles – so I did not need a hole all the way trough the roller.

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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rustfever

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#3 posted 12-14-2019 04:20 PM

Before turning the rolling pin, drill the hole thru the oversized piece of wood. You will need a long drill bit. Then chuck it up in the lathe, using the holes as center. When turned, the piece will be perfect.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#4 posted 12-14-2019 04:40 PM

It is not necessary to drill a hole thru the center of the roller. Drill the handles and attach them to the roller with screws or capped dowels so they turn freely.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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TEK73

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#5 posted 12-14-2019 06:48 PM

Ahh, thats a good way of doing it. I’ll just need a long enough drill-bit for this method to work


Before turning the rolling pin, drill the hole thru the oversized piece of wood. You will need a long drill bit. Then chuck it up in the lathe, using the holes as center. When turned, the piece will be perfect.

- rustfever


-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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TEK73

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#6 posted 12-14-2019 06:50 PM

This method is interesting – but do you have any more detailed description?
How would you do this using screws?
What is «capped dowels»?


It is not necessary to drill a hole thru the center of the roller. Drill the handles and attach them to the roller with screws or capped dowels so they turn freely.

- Phil32


-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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#7 posted 12-14-2019 07:03 PM

You could also make a French- or Italian style one that is a solid piece with no handles (French-style are basically a dowel; Italian-style rise up at the ends). I’ve made a couple on my pole lathe and find that I actually prefer them over the spinning-handle style for rolling out pastry.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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Phil32

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#8 posted 12-14-2019 07:04 PM

Only the handles need to turn in relation to the roller, so you can drill the ends of the roller to fit dowels on which you can install the handles. The ends of the dowels will need caps to keep the handles from slipping off. Those caps can be turned on your lathe.
If you plan to attach the handle with screws, the handles must be pre-drilled lengthwise to turn freely on the screws. The screws must be long enough to go thru the handles (lengthwise) and a sufficient distance into the roller for strength. The screws should be installed with washers between the handle & roller, and under the screw head.
In both cases, carefully consider the loads that will be applied to the rolling pin when choosing the dowel or screw size, and how deeply they are installed in the roller.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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TEK73

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#9 posted 12-14-2019 07:20 PM

Thanks for good input, but…
Wife unit is quite clear on that she wants handles – and that the handels should roll – so I think that is parameters of this build that I need to stay within ;-)


You could also make a French- or Italian style one that is a solid piece with no handles (French-style are basically a dowel; Italian-style rise up at the ends). I ve made a couple on my pole lathe and find that I actually prefer them over the spinning-handle style for rolling out pastry.

- jdh122


-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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TEK73

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#10 posted 12-14-2019 07:24 PM

Thanks Phil!
I think I will use the dowel method. Seems like that should give a nice result and I think that I can make it without any metal fasteners – something I always find to be a nice feature in any build.


Only the handles need to turn in relation to the roller, so you can drill the ends of the roller to fit dowels on which you can install the handles. The ends of the dowels will need caps to keep the handles from slipping off. Those caps can be turned on your lathe.
If you plan to attach the handle with screws, the handles must be pre-drilled lengthwise to turn freely on the screws. The screws must be long enough to go thru the handles (lengthwise) and a sufficient distance into the roller for strength. The screws should be installed with washers between the handle & roller, and under the screw head.
In both cases, carefully consider the loads that will be applied to the rolling pin when choosing the dowel or screw size, and how deeply they are installed in the roller.

- Phil32


-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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