Rolling pins, mallet and large persuader

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Project by HalDougherty posted 09-14-2009 03:52 AM 2450 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I”v got a new tool. It’s an older Sears 12” X 40” lathe. I built a table for it last week with a 2X4 laminated top and 2X4’s for the legs and supports. I’ll be adding several bags of cement or sand to dampen vibrations. I should have taken photos of the bench, but what the heck, it’s a shop bench and I didn’t build it for looks. Here’s a few of the items I turned today. Rolling pins, carving mallet and a huge persuader. So far I’ve turned cherry, maple, elm and pear. The pear is the toughest, but it sure makes a smooth finish when sanded to 600 grit. I’ve used tung oil for the mallets and vegetable oil for the rolling pins. I’m going to use thinned epoxy on the elm rolling pins. The grain is too open and the finish is a little rough. Turning is going to be the woodworking I do for fun. Guess what I’m going to give for Christmas gifts….

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 09-14-2009 04:01 AM

they are all 100% cool well done.

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#2 posted 09-14-2009 04:23 AM

Great work but do you do anything other than weapons? I’m assuming that these are your significant other’s weapon of choice.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#3 posted 09-14-2009 04:57 AM

A Busy day. How long did it take to clean up all of the chips.

Nice job on the pins and the mallet.

-- 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 †

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#4 posted 09-14-2009 04:57 AM

Good work, isn’t turning just fun! BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 09-14-2009 08:22 AM

Nice set of turnings. Isnt it nice to be able to turn out several things in one day!

Great job. Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 09-14-2009 05:54 PM

Beautiful rolling pins!!

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

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#7 posted 09-14-2009 09:37 PM

these are gorgeous
I’m adding this to my to do list. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to roll out some dough using a rolling pin that you had made yourself?!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 09-15-2009 02:06 AM

Very nice gifts.

they all look great.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#9 posted 09-16-2009 09:28 PM

Great idea!

I have old Shopsmith lathe I got on loan from my father in law (it was his fathers) and I’ve been giving out kitchen items as gifts to the whole family every year. Rolling pins might be next.

-- "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." -- Jango Fett

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