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Project by GenuineGeek posted 01-23-2013 09:51 PM 1213 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife has needed and wanted a good rolling pin for many years. I just got back into woodworking after over 2 decades off. On the weekend I posted my first project, this is my second.
The handles are made of cherry, and the main roller is ash with a center accent piece of cherry. I started with boards and glued them together so that the two thin cherry pieces would leave a 5/16ths hole down the center of the piece. I don’t have a drill press or other good way to drill a 12 inch hole straight through and this square hole was a good guide for my 6 inch drill in from either end when the job was pretty much done.
I bought at 5/16 inch rod to put through the middle. I threaded both ends to receive a nut which was put into each handle piece. The threading was about an 1/8th inch less than the length of the rolling pin so that when the handles were tightened fully they would hold fast and still allow the rolling pin to roll.
I finished the handles with shellac followed with wax. Since the rolling pin touches food I finished pin only with boiled linseed oil. All pieces were sanded from 80 through to 600. (The glass of water in one of the pics was what I used raise the grain during sanding)
It’s too bad that the nice looking end grain is hardly visible.
Dimensions: Rolling pin – just over 11inches long and 3 1/2 inches in diameter. The handles are just under 5 inches long each.
The pictures should answer any questions, but if not, feel free to ask.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 01-23-2013 09:59 PM

It’s a cool project. Enjoy yourself.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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ldl

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#2 posted 01-24-2013 03:06 AM

Nice job. I like the cherry accent piece.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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Fishinbo

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#3 posted 01-24-2013 03:10 PM

Cool design on the rolling pin, like the cherry accent as well as the handle. Great turning!

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Dallas

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#4 posted 01-24-2013 03:48 PM

Good looking rolling pin. I use a French style myself, but have a couple of those type too.

I do hope you were talking about Mineral oil and not Boiled Linseed oil as a finish. BLO is the base for oil based paints and not considered food grade.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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GenuineGeek

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#5 posted 01-24-2013 03:58 PM

I had heard – I forget where that since linseed (flax) is an edible seed that the oil is edible. Wikipedia agreed and told me that linseed oil is “Linseed oil is an edible oil marketed as a nutritional supplement” So I naively thought that boiled linseed oil would be fine too. BUT now I read that most boiled linseed oils have petroleum additives – I will have to get out to my shop and find out if mine is pure or more likely not pure. I may have to end up turning it a bit smaller and using a pure edible oil (not vegetable oil – that goes bad). Thanks Dallas for the note.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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Dallas

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#6 posted 01-24-2013 04:02 PM

Use mineral oil or beeswax/mineral oil mix or straight beeswax. Most of the butcher block conditioners are nothing more than those two ingredients.

Beeswax has the added bonus of being antibacterial.

In Italy, Greece and Israel they used Grape seed oil for centuries. It doesn’t go rancid easily.

your BLO is just a coating, you should be able to put your pin on the lathe and sand it down pretty easily.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 01-24-2013 04:04 PM

Good Job. I thought that all finishes once they completely cured were safe.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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Dallas

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#8 posted 01-24-2013 05:02 PM

Jesse,

I keep hearing that saying also but, hmmmm. Lead paint is a finish and I wouldn’t want to ingest it. then there are the Alkalyde Enamals, They are poisonous.

There is also the finish they use to use that contained Asbestos. I wonder how dry that has to be before it’s no longer dangerous, LOL.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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GenuineGeek

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#9 posted 01-24-2013 07:51 PM

Thanks for the link – bookmarked it.
Mineral Oil has a skull and crossbones symbol on it. and Wikipedia says “A mineral oil is any of various colorless, odorless, light mixtures of alkanes in the C15 to C40 range from a non-vegetable (mineral) source, particularly a distillate of petroleum.” Is there a type of mineral oil that is not petroleum based that I don’t know of?

Now I need to get into posting the pics in my posts differently so the reader is not forced to wade through them all.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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Dallas

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#10 posted 01-24-2013 08:03 PM

The mineral oil you buy in the pharmacy or grocery store as a laxative is the type of mineral oil you want.

It may have a scull and crossbones because if you take too much you could probably poo yourself to an early demise.

PS: What you read in Wikipedia should be taken with a grain of salt. It is merely a collection of articles written by people who may or may not know what they are talking about.

Read this from What's Cooking America!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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GenuineGeek

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#11 posted 01-24-2013 08:06 PM

For sure, Wikipedia is an open source document that any yahoo can post on. But it can also be corrected by more knowledgeable people, it just depends on which type of person is in the majority on a given article. So it’s just a general guide, not a textbook.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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Dallas

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#12 posted 01-24-2013 08:20 PM

Well, believe as you wish, it’s your project and nothing makes it wrong or right.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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GenuineGeek

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#13 posted 01-24-2013 10:20 PM

I wasn’t disagreeing with you Dallas. I will be re-doing the finish for sure.
Thanks for the link too, it’s been bookmarked.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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