|Project by Andrew R.||posted 03-07-2017 01:07 AM||661 views||12 times favorited||8 comments|
I set out to make some rolling pins for family members as Christmas gifts, and just finished the last one today! Oh well, better late than never. On the first couple, I simply did my best to drill a perfectly straight 12 inch long hole, but even with a drill press it never came out in the center of the other end. For the later ones I came up with a better solution. I drilled a hole in each end that is just big enough for a shaft collar that is 5/16” on the inside and 5/8” on the outside. Then I drilled a 1/2” hole from each end. Then I used a 5/16” rod and threaded it on each end to thread onto wood inserts in each handle. This way, the hole through the center doesn’t have to be perfectly straight, because it is oversized compared to the rod. There is no slop, though, because the only contact the rod makes is with the shaft collars. The pins roll very smoothly, with almost no friction. The last picture also shows the taper/straight line jig that I made for this project. The wood is pear from a family orchard and walnut. The darkest wood handles are an unknown, but very hard, species. Any ideas?
-- Andrew, Bellingham, WA