French Rolling Pin

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Project by Jay Gerig posted 02-24-2016 12:26 AM 811 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Valentine’s Day ‘16 has come and gone. My wife Megan likes to make pies (lucky me). She’s said for awhile now that see wanted a french style rolling pin. Her baking buddy Lonée has one and they are evidently the cat’s meow for spreading pie crusts out nice and thin. Meg says since they are fatter in the middle the dough gets pushed out to the edges. Anyhoo, I didn’t really have a plan, I went to Sir la Table and held one they had in my hands to get a feel for it then went to the shop and turned one out.
She’s was happy as it gets when I gave it to her, and that makes me happy…and filled with pie….happy and filled with pie.
If I had it to do over again I’d take the time to carefully draw and cut out a reference board; keeping the taper symmetrical was trickier than I anticipated. It came out decently but it IS slightly torpedo shaped. I eventually decided to just stop cutting for fear I’d end up with a very lovely tooth-pick.

-- "This is hell, but I planned it, I sawed it, I nailed it, and I will live in it until it kills me." - Alan Dugan

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#1 posted 02-24-2016 03:17 AM

And yes, the shape is really tough to keep symmetrical when turning freehand. I make mine about 1 9/16” center diameter and close to 1 1/4” end diameter, length is 20” If you are going to make a bunch of these, let me know and I can post some pictures of the jig I made to make the turning a lot easier. (When they get the site fixed).

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

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