|Project by DHS||posted 12-19-2015 08:49 PM||1253 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
I made my first tapered rolling pin a few months ago after my wife and I took a pie-baking class. The instructor’s pin worked so well I immediately built my own, shaping it with a block plane and a spokeshave. Then, I decided at the last minute to make rolling pins as Christmas gifts for some of my friends and family members that bake. I did not have time to make all of them by hand. And, I don’t own a lathe. So, I devised a jig that allowed me to shape the pins on my bandsaw.
The jig has a rail attached to the lower base that rides in the bandsaw table miter slot. The upper base has slots that allow the rest of the jig to be adjusted at an angle to the blade so I can make the taper cut. Once adjusted, a pair of knobs locks the jig in place. The workpiece is secured in place by pins embedded in 3/4-inch dowel. A clamp holds the workpiece and jig together.
To make a rolling pin, adjust the angle to create the desired taper, rotate the workpiece into position and cut the taper on all four sides of the workpiece. Then, shave the corners to make an octagon. Shave the eight corners to make a hexadecagon. (I had to look up that word.) Then, rotate the workpiece as you slowly push it past the blade to shave it into a cylinder. Flip the workpiece and repeat on the other side. Adjust the taper angle and shave the workpiece two more times to create the gradual curve from the ends to the center of the pin. Sand all around with a random orbital sander to 220 grit and finish with mineral oil. Violà!
Using this jig, I managed to knock out a bunch of identical rolling pins in just a few hours. And, just to prove that the rolling pin actually works, the final photo shows what you (and, in this case, your spouse) can make with it.
-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA