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Kitchen Treasures #1 Making the Celtic Knot Rolling Pin #1: The Jigs

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Blog entry by lew posted 10-04-2008 01:36 AM 24035 reads 116 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Kitchen Treasures #1 Making the Celtic Knot Rolling Pin series Part 2: Laying Out the Blank »

I have had so many positive comments and feedback on the Celtic Knot Rolling Pin. Thank you for all of them. Many LumberJocks asked for instructions on how they are made- so here goes. I am a fan of “Cook Book” style instructions so if I miss any details, please let me know and I will try to flesh them out.

I thought it best to start with the jigs I used to prepare the turning blanks. Please note that I always over engineer everything and hardly ever see the obvious or the easy way to do something so if you see an easier way- go for it!

The first jig is one I made a while back, when I first started thinking about this project. I try to make jigs that have several uses. This one was also used to make the Cheese Knife Handles project.

Special Diagonal Cutting Jig

Sled has 2 movable fences to change the angle of the cut and position of the blank

Originally jig slid over the rip fence. Later modified to ride in miter slot for accurate repetitive cuts.

Two spacer strips on the sled needed for cleaning out the diagonal cut (more later)

Disassembled Fences

Toggle clamp holds blank during cutting operation

Partially Assembled Fences

Normal Taper Jig

During the blank assembly, it is necessary to trim waste material before proceeding to the next step. This simple tapering jig holds the blank for those cuts.

More details for this jig can be seen at http://lumberjocks.com/projects/7848

That’s a start. More in a day or so.

Lew

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



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TedM

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#1 posted 10-04-2008 01:58 AM

Hey, Lew, thanks! Looking forward to the series. Great stuff!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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#2 posted 10-04-2008 02:09 AM

Great job on the rolling pin. And thanks for the blog on the jig.

-- 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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#3 posted 10-04-2008 04:10 AM

Lew,

Thanks for the post. I am excited about learning how to do that. I just started turning and I want to learn to lay-up blanks like that. I think they are beautiful. I find it truly amazing what we can make wood do.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#4 posted 10-04-2008 05:16 AM

Lew, I’m looking forward to this series. The rolling pin looked great.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#5 posted 08-01-2009 09:16 PM

Lew…Thanks for the link….I look forward to the series also !!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#6 posted 09-25-2009 07:03 PM

Hi Lew, I love this design. Do you have more detailed drawings of the Diagonal Cutting Jig?

-- I usually try the hard way 2 or 3 times before finding the easy way.

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lew

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#7 posted 09-07-2010 12:23 AM

Hope nobody minds, I have entered this blog series into the Kitchen Treasures Contest.

Lew

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

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fernandoindia

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#8 posted 09-25-2010 09:28 PM

Hey Lew. I don´t mind at all. For sure it´s going to be difficult to compete in the rolling pin area with you.

So, what do you think about a toothpick blog !!

-- Back home. Fernando

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lew

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#9 posted 09-25-2010 09:55 PM

Sound like a winner!! Toothpicks of every imaginable wood!

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

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#10 posted 05-08-2013 09:44 PM

This is wonderful. I will definitely be building a jig something like that if I ever want to do another run of rolling pins. THANKS for posting it.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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