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Kitchen Treasures #1 Making the Celtic Knot Rolling Pin #6: Additional Update

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Blog entry by lew posted 12-13-2010 04:17 AM 5984 reads 16 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got called up to active duty- substituting full time in an Information Systems Technology class. So this update has been sometime in developing.

Back in the early spring of this year, I had the very great pleasure of meeting the Mason Dixon Wood Working Club. We got together to learn how to make these Celtic Knot rolling pins.

During the workshop session, LJ Karson suggested that it would be easier, and less wasteful, to make a saw kerf for only the walnut strips and leave the original maple center strip untouched. My original construction process was to plow out enough material to inlay 3 strips- 2 walnut sandwiching 1 maple. Well I made up the blanks and they sat for sometime. Only recently could I get a minute here and there to turn them.

When I started on a blank, using Karson’s idea, i got an unexpected surprise! The Celtic Knot had a very different appearance.
Karson’s suggestion—

The crossing sections now had “diamond” shaped sections as compared to the earlier design where the crossings had a more complete look.
Original Knot—

I can’t decide which I prefer. What do you all think?

Thanks for looking and any suggestions.

Lew

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



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darryl

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#1 posted 12-13-2010 05:12 AM

they both look great, but I think the new design does have a little extra “pop” to it.

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#2 posted 12-13-2010 05:18 AM

Karson’s is pretty cool, kind of like looping whirls.

But I vote for the original. The effect is like a ribbon wrapped and woven about the pin.

Cool idea, thanks,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 12-13-2010 05:26 AM

I would also have to vote for the original. I think that is an amazing project. Great job.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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#4 posted 12-13-2010 05:35 AM

After showing this to my wife, she likes the Karson’s suggestion version, the way the lines interact with each other makes it look more real.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#5 posted 12-13-2010 06:42 AM

I like the original….......but of course I am biased…..........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 12-13-2010 06:47 AM

I’m all for saving wood. I like the top version.

I know that people are going to ask how you did it either way. But they are both very cool.

I know that a couple of the Mason Dixon Woodworkers have made them using the new way, but they didn’t have a copy of the earlier version to see the difference.

Jack Dalton made his with handles and a larger diam. pin. He’s doing a great job. I think he’s somewhere around the #8 I think.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 12-13-2010 06:50 AM

Lew If you wanted to something really strange. You could cut the grove for only one of the Walnut stripes. Do all four sides with only 1 stripe. Then go back and do the second walnut one on all four sides. It would give you even a different look at the knot.

I think where the walnut strips cross it would become a basket weave look.

That would really fake out the people to determine how it was done.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 12-13-2010 10:43 AM

Hi Karson.

True, that would make for a different look, but it would also double the time waiting for glue ups to dry.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 12-13-2010 10:57 AM

I can’t work out which of them I like… send me both so I can make a decision…. LOL

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#10 posted 12-13-2010 04:11 PM

Nice work, Karson.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#11 posted 12-13-2010 04:29 PM

Big Tiny (Not having made one of these yet.) Let me say that an 8 day glue up would be a breeze compared to the current project of making all of my kitchen cabinets.

But I think that would be some of the beauty of it. Doing something that doesn’t look doable.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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lew

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#12 posted 12-13-2010 06:25 PM

Thanks, everyone, for the kind and encouraging words! Looks like we’re about split on the favorite. Mimi likes the original, guess you know where this is going.

Karson- I will have to try the single strip process and see how it comes out. Will need to do some calculations/trials to get the jig settings correct.

Darryl- This method is a little more fussy in trying to get everything exactly aligned or the diamonds do not have equi-distance sides.

Jim- Yes, the pizza probably tastes better with yours ;^)

BigTiny- glue-ups really don’t take that long. Usually 45-60 minutes an I can move to the next side. I usually try to have at least two blanks in process so thing go along pretty good.

Lew

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

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#13 posted 12-13-2010 10:33 PM

I really like both of them, it is like 6 of one and half dozen of the other! Both are very beautiful and anyone will be proud to have either one.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Den

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#14 posted 12-14-2010 03:29 AM

I like both of them, however I do like the last one I think more.

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#15 posted 12-14-2010 05:52 AM

I like Den like both of them too, however I like the first one a bit more!

Thanks For Sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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