Rolling Pins

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Project by Andrew R. posted 03-07-2017 01:07 AM 1055 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 03-07-2017 01:27 AM

Beautiful pins, you did a great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 03-07-2017 03:00 AM

Wow! If they don’t like them I’ll be happy to have them! Beautiful work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 03-07-2017 03:22 AM

Nice! Those are the biggest Celtic knots I’ve seen so far.

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#4 posted 03-07-2017 01:34 PM

Excellent…. I often wondered how those were made. I need to try my hand at a celtic knot.

Paul in La Center WA

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#5 posted 03-07-2017 01:58 PM

This is very nice work and I love the pattern.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 03-07-2017 02:08 PM

Sweet looking rolling pins!! I would love one of those as a gift. The contrast in woods is beautiful. Well done!

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#7 posted 03-07-2017 04:40 PM

Great pins! Been wanting to try the Celtic Knot pins. How many times do you cut them on the angle? Twice on two adjacent sides? Thanks for any additional info or pics you can supply!

-- Dennis, WV

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#8 posted 03-07-2017 11:22 PM

Very nice. I’m sure those on the receiving end will be delighted.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

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