Rolling Pin Idea

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Project by lew posted 09-25-2008 08:26 PM 3503 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on an idea for some rolling pins. My problem is that I am a one dimensional thinker whose mind resembles a flea market after an earthquake.

Although I can get some of the stripes to line up, I am having difficulty figuring out how to align all of them. The strips are thin pieces of walnut and maple. I cut the blank into two pieces, insert the strips and re-glue it. Then rotate the blank and repeat the steps 3 more times.

My wife likes the rolling pin but I am not happy with the non-aligned stripes.

Criticisms, comments and suggestions are welcome.


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

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#1 posted 09-25-2008 08:48 PM

I think this is incredible! beautiful piece!

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#2 posted 09-25-2008 08:58 PM

Geez…I’m amazed. I’d be thrilled if I came up with something like this!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 09-25-2008 09:13 PM

Try adapting the Celtic Knot Jig on the International Association of Penturners website. It might be what you are looking for. BTW, I think it looks great.

-- Sure Dear, I can make that for you. Lemme just run out and get a tool I need for that.

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#4 posted 09-25-2008 09:54 PM

Really nice, Great job.


-- Woody, UK

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#5 posted 09-25-2008 09:57 PM

On the 2nd two cuts are you removing a piece = to the thickness you are inserting? I think that’s where your problem is. You are changing the dimensions of the pattern by inserting extra wood. Of course I am a TWO dimensional thinker with a very cluttered mind :-) so I might be off base . . .

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#6 posted 09-25-2008 10:12 PM

I love the idea and you have just made my Christmas list a lot longer. I am going to try building something like that without the emphasis on the lines lining up… my brain hurts in any dimention when I think about that

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#7 posted 09-25-2008 10:28 PM

My first thought is that the lines are not lining up because it appears the cut piece was glued back into place upside down, is that possible? I’m assuming all your glue ups are done with a square blank? Sometimes I do multiple cuts and re-glues and my pieces don’t line up as a whole, so I simply re-square my blank and turn the piece to find the lines looked good even though the outside did not. My 2 cents… Well, I can owe you anyway. I like the way it looks. Cover it in flour and you’re good to go!

-- Never pet a burning dog...

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#8 posted 09-25-2008 11:22 PM

Before I add my guess, I’ll say that I still like this a lot. The one thought I had is that maybe the way that this gets cut, the measurements are being affected by the thickness of the saw kery that was removed. I really have no idea, but that the kind of thing that I ussually forget to account for. Good luck “fixing” it, but again, I still like it as is.

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#9 posted 09-25-2008 11:53 PM

looks great!... I know what you’re striving for, and I’ve read how to do it. a year or so back in a pen turning magazine. something to do with planning ahead for the wood the kerf removes. Like the above comment, look up celtic turning designs to explain (or hopefully show) it better.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 09-26-2008 01:36 AM

I think fredf is on the right track.
I’m figuring the laminated insert is thicker than your saw kerf.
I’ve talked with my friend Gary quite a bit about this concept and it will work, but requires a little more attention to detail than when the insert equals the saw kerf. To use the thicker material, you will need to offset your blank in the glue up process to match the grain of the base wood.

I really like the idea though, I hadn’t thought of putting a celtic knot in a rolling pin.

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#11 posted 09-26-2008 03:13 AM

I love it, and admittedly, I have no fix, because this isn’t my area of expertise, so to speak, but I think you are proving what we all sometimes have a problem accepting. We are our own worst critics.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#12 posted 09-26-2008 04:11 AM

Looks like one of the nicest rolling pins I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#13 posted 09-26-2008 04:33 AM

Thanks, everyone, for the kind words, suggestions and web links.

After reading your ideas and the web links, I believe I have a handle on my problem. Those of you who mentioned the difference between the thickness of the saw kerf and the thickness of the strips were right on. I was not taking into account how the differences would make the work piece “grow” and thus change the positioning of the stripes. I now realize that to keep everything lined up, the material removed on the diagonal cuts must exactly match the material added by the filler strips.

So it’s back to the shop to mill up some more material. I’ll post the new and improved version when I get it finished. Might be a little while as I am getting called back to “active duty”- high school substitute teacher- for the next 6 weeks.

Again, thanks everyone for the help. It is truly appreciated.


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

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#14 posted 09-26-2008 04:49 AM

can’t wait to see rolling pin 2.0!
I do like the shape and color selections you used in this pin.

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#15 posted 09-26-2008 05:35 AM

not lined up??? I cant tell from the pictures…what I cant tell from the pictures is you have a very beautiful piece…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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