First Rolling Pins

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Project by Jimnl posted 10-09-2012 05:18 AM 3463 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally have a lathe big enough to turn the rolling pin my wife has been wanting. I figured I had better make a couple of practice pins before I make hers. (good thing cuz she wants hers shaped differently)

The walnut is 21 1/4” x 2 3/4” and the maple is 19 1/2” x 2 1/8”. The finish is beeswax on the maple and walnut oil on the walnut.

I thought I was going to be able to whip these out in no time, I was wrong. What do you mean the handles have to match? You mean there aren’t supposed to be lumps and bumps along the body? No knot holes allowed? You’re killin me Smalls!

Now that I’ve made a few, I’m going to be smart and make a template for the other styles, maybe that will make it a little easier.

-- to turn or not to turn, is that really a question?

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 05:31 AM

Nice work.. Trial and error is the way I learn for the most part. Where in Oregon are you from?

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 06:12 AM

Hey Kody, thanks for the compliment.
I’m in Hillsboro.

-- to turn or not to turn, is that really a question?

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#3 posted 10-09-2012 06:56 AM

nice firsts jim

is that the wife’s foot i hear tapping
keep working forward
maybe she will make you a pie

i know you must be one of the good guys

i was born in hillsboro
how are things up that way

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 10-09-2012 10:55 AM

great looking pins

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#5 posted 10-09-2012 01:14 PM

Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 10-09-2012 03:39 PM

Nice work with cool wood.

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#7 posted 10-09-2012 08:44 PM

Well done. This should make the wife happy.

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#8 posted 10-09-2012 09:01 PM

Nice rolling pins. You’ll find that with some practice, both ends will come out pretty close. If you buy a cheep caliper, you cut one end, then as you start cutting the other handle, just measure and cut down with a parting tool till you have the right diameter the right distance from the end. The hard part is getting the barrel of the rolling pin the same diameter the length of the rolling pin. That’s one reason I make French style rolling pins most of the time. It’s easy to just taper the ends.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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