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Kitchen Treasures #1 Making the Celtic Knot Rolling Pin #7: Yet Another Update

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Blog entry by lew posted 07-12-2011 06:39 PM 16369 reads 14 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thought I would add a couple of additional “discoveries” on making these rolling pins. One of my obvious problems is that I always over think or over engineer everything.

The Trim Jig is one of those examples. It now hangs, useless, along with so many other jigs that I have abandoned for a better way. Trimming the glued up inserts is easier, faster and less hassle if done on the band saw. No jig is require and the table saw blade height does not have to be changed between operations- not having to readjust the blade is a big plus if you are as forgetful as me. A 1/4” to 3/8” fine tooth band saw blade will slide along the square blank and trim off the excess insert material.

Some of you enjoy sanding. Sadly, I do not. In the past, sanding these pins was done on the lathe using sheet paper. This time I used my random orbital sander while the pins were spinning on the lathe. Much more efficient and none of those irritating little sanding line that only show up AFTER you apply the finish. Here is a picture of the last batch-

Thanks for looking! Comments, compliments and complaints are always welcome!

Lew

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



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#1 posted 07-12-2011 07:14 PM

Absolutely beautiful!!!! I am not much of a woodturner but I can appreciate great work when I see it!

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 07-12-2011 07:26 PM

Thanks for sharing all this great info!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#3 posted 07-12-2011 08:54 PM

My eyes are going in circles. I might have to bring you some more darker wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#4 posted 07-12-2011 09:33 PM

Lew I saw a rolling pin at Cracker Barrel last night. It had ridges in it and I kept trying to figure out what it was for.

My wife finally suggested that it might be to cut noodles. After the people at that table left I went over and took a look, Each groove was a 45 degree angle on one sdie and a straight cut on the other. It was probably 1/8” deep and maybe 1/8” between grooves. It was cool looking. It had handles though and was not like your version.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#5 posted 07-12-2011 09:52 PM

Karson,
I think it was a pasta (noodle) cutting rolling pin. I’ve seen pictures of them but never had the chance to actually handle one.

Lew

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

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#6 posted 07-12-2011 10:25 PM

Beautiful work, Lew.

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#7 posted 07-12-2011 11:54 PM

When I get going in the shop again lew, I’ve got to try some of those. Maybe for Christmas presents.
Thanks for all you do for the rest of us.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#8 posted 07-13-2011 12:36 AM

Well the one in Cracker Barrel was screwed to the wall.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#9 posted 07-13-2011 02:04 AM

Karson,
This looks easy enough to make-

Web site said it is 3 ” diameter x 13” long and is made of Cherry.

Lew

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

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#10 posted 07-13-2011 04:36 PM

Gad zooks, lot of happiness lined up on that bench. You is on a roll…......(-:

Pin intended….....................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 07-13-2011 09:42 PM

LEW…...Great work. I like the tricolor pins. I’ll have to try some.As, to trimming them I’ve been doing just what said, all along. Real simple.

As you know I don’t cut out the center 1/8” material, giving a small diamond @ the crossings. With the
tricolor ones I’l have to remove all the material.

Keep up the fantastic work

ED

I’m still working on my Dado Plane. I broke the blade, oops!!

e

-- ED NOCK

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#12 posted 07-14-2011 02:02 PM

Nice, Lew.
Cranking them out.
I see you stayed with the original design, where the ribbons overlap. I like it.

Good tip on sanding. Anything to ease the pain.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 08-02-2012 09:45 AM

Amazing, I love them. I have really been studying how to make these the past few days. Will be giving it a go this weekend if time permits with other projects! Great Blog you have done here many Thx to you for taking the time. Hope all is well Lew!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 11-10-2013 03:38 AM

Very clever!

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#15 posted 11-10-2013 03:16 PM

Thanks, AJ

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

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