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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-13-2016 11:25 PM 909 views 1 time favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I’m back from the lake and put the elves on overtime to make stock for the next show. These 7 French Style rolling pins are various woods, various lengths and the one I most wanted to come out good was the walnut/maple Celtic knot one. Special thanks to LJ Lew for showing me the process on that Celtic knot!!!!!!
I added some in-process shots of it. The cutting sled is one of my old taper jigs I cobbled up to make the slots consistent.The inserts were made on my thin board sled I made for my planer and they are .120”

Here are the sizes of the pins from top to bottom:
1 5/8” x 14 3/4” Walnut /maple Celtic knot
1 3/4” x 15” Cherry
1 3/4” x 16 1/4” Osage Orange
1 3/4” x 18” Cherry
1 3/4” x 20” Walnut/Maple laminate
1 7/8” x 20” Maple
2” x 20” Walnut
All have a flat center areas except the Celtic knot one- it is a 100” radius from one end to the other.

They are all finished with 2 coats of Behandla salad bowl finish.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 08-13-2016 11:31 PM

You done good, Jim!!

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

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#2 posted 08-13-2016 11:35 PM

Thanks. Lew. I had a very good teacher!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-13-2016 11:38 PM

of course I like the 1 with celtic knot the best …...GREAT JOB


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#4 posted 08-13-2016 11:41 PM

Very COOL, interesting, and educational!

They must be selling like Hot Cakes! :)

Good for you!

Nice work!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 08-13-2016 11:49 PM

Jim, nice array of french rollers. Looks as if you have the celtic knot in the bag. They should all be good sellers.
If not, you can sell them as fancy fishing priest, whacking clubs. Did you do any fishing at the lake?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 08-14-2016 12:36 AM

Nicely done Jim, specially the celtic knot. You might have to send a couple of elves out here as I have been asked to make a quantity of miniature pool cues with designs and now I have to learn the art of the celtic knot. Here is a pic of my first attempt. One I have just added Miliput spacers to show what is possible.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#7 posted 08-14-2016 12:40 AM

They look good enough to smoke…like a fine cigar!!

I had a friend ask me if I could make him a “noodle” roller?!? Have you tried one of those “noodle” rollers??

Love your creations!!


-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#8 posted 08-14-2016 12:48 AM

Looking good Jim.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 08-14-2016 12:58 AM

Not sure how to say AWESOME in French Jim…but you can bet it sure applies!!! Nice job sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 08-14-2016 01:53 AM

Awesome celtic knot.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#11 posted 08-14-2016 02:04 AM

Nice variety of sizes, to fit anyones size of hand.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 08-14-2016 02:05 AM

That 3rd one is just like the type I make Jim. I understand they work well. No batteries required either.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 08-14-2016 02:15 AM

Thanks you all for the nice comments! it feels good to be doing something again!

Hi Joe. I hope they go like hotcakes!!

Hi Dave, We did not do any fishing..just camped in a state park on Lake Michigan and laid around the beach for 8 days. I read 3 books and was bored out of my head!!

Hi Bob, Looks like you are on your way. Those look like two slot knots. The one I made was 4 slot and I got good instruction from Lew. Ask him for the instruction on how to line up the cuts and the real nugget of information is that when you cut, you DON’T cut all the way through..leave about 1/16” for a tie to keep the pieces aligned while you glue in the inserts. My first cane I made with the Celtic knot was a screw up..I cut out one of the inserts that I had just put in and did not catch it until I had it finished turned on the lathe. I used up 4 inserts so I thought I was done!!

Hi Steve. I don’t know what the difference is in a noodle roller. I thought you could roll anything with one of these. Do you have a description or photo of one?

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 08-14-2016 02:36 AM

Nice job!

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#15 posted 08-14-2016 04:42 AM

What can I say Jim? You got a “you done good” from Lew.
I just can’t top that. :-)

Nice ones.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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