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Kitchen Treasures #1 Making the Celtic Knot Rolling Pin #4: Glue Up and Trimming The Blank- The Final Steps

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Blog entry by lew posted 2121 days ago 17397 reads 20 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Making the Saw Cuts For the Strips Part 4 of Kitchen Treasures #1 Making the Celtic Knot Rolling Pin series Part 5: Update »

Before starting this section, I forgot to add to pix into the previous post.

This is the spacer strip used to reposition the blanks for the second cut. The spacer goes between the blank and the fence.

This shows the blank seated against the rear stop and the blank is labeled to assure it is not reversed during the various cutting operations.

I found it easier to glue if I oriented the blank with the diagonal cut facing up. I use an old restaurant cutting board as a gluing work surface and pieces of the cutting board as culls and pads. In this picture, you can see the three strips to be glued into place. They measure 2” x 10 3/4” x 1/8”. Test fit the pieces first to make sure they will seat into the slot.

On my first attempt, I didn’t use enough clamps- using more clamps and culls assured that all of the joints were tight. I probably overdid it with the amount of glue. A liberal coat over all mating surfaces.

Clamped up

After the glue has dried and the clamps removed, the blank is ready for trimming.

I put the blank on my tapering jig and set it for no taper. The jig is used to hold the piece to trim off the excess material. This assures the piece will sit flat for the next diagonal cutting operation.

Trim the blank, rotate and re-clamp

Trim, rotate an trim again.

At this point it is a good idea to “sweeten up” the layout lines, if the trimming operation removed them.

Now it is just a matter of re-mounting the blank on the diagonal cutting jig and repeating the operations for making the second diagonal slot.

The diagonal slots, glue ups and trimming operations are the same for each of the remaining three sides.

Word of caution here- if you have to change the blade height during the trimming operation, be certain to reset it before the diagonal slot cutting operation!

After the four sides are cut, glued and trimmed.

On the lathe, ready to be turned.

The final dimensions on this rolling pin were: 20” long; diameter at the center: 1 9/16”; diameter at the ends : 1 1/4”. I have tried two types of tapers. One started at the center and continued to the ends. The other starts at the ends of the ellipses and continues to the ends. Personal preferences will determine the tapers.

Again, thanks everyone for your encouragement and help in my quest to create this. I really could not have done it without your help!

Any questions, comments and criticisms are always welcome.

Lew

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



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trifern

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#1 posted 2121 days ago

Great blog Lew, thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Karson

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#2 posted 2120 days ago

Lew a great series of tutorials. I assume that you’ll post the finished turning on this one.

-- 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 2119 days ago

Nice work Lew.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 2119 days ago

I’ll be looking forward to seeing that Celtic knot.

Those knots are fascinating, I carved a Irish Claddagh for Barb once.

It was a lot of fun.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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mmh

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#5 posted 2101 days ago

Thank you for the instructable. Great job!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 2007 days ago

Great explanation always wondered how you guys do that.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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#7 posted 2007 days ago

great pictures.. thanks

-- making sawdust....

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Karson

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#8 posted 1927 days ago

Lew stopped by my shop today and gave me one of the beautiful rolling pins.

It’s better in person that on the web. Especially when I have one in my hand.

-- 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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#9 posted 1822 days ago

Hey Lew, Very cool blog, thanks for the how to. Great stuff!!!!!!!!!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 1821 days ago

super blog thanks

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#11 posted 1695 days ago

Great blog Lew! I love the detail, that and the pictures really help me to walk through the project before starting. Thanks!

-- Andy, PA ~Finding satisfaction in creation

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ahock

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#12 posted 1695 days ago

So I guess I can’t delete a second post… So, Thanks again Lew!

-- Andy, PA ~Finding satisfaction in creation

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lew

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#13 posted 1695 days ago

Andy, Thanks!

Check out the great pins Dwayne made!!!!!

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

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#14 posted 1066 days ago

Excellent explanation, Lew, you make it look so easy. I think I could follow this blog and make the project too. I just hate to make jigs. I could do the same thing- with more set up time- with my aluminum taper jig and rip fence couldn’t I? Maybe not as perfect, but doable?

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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