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Project by GenuineGeek posted 03-14-2013 10:47 PM 1624 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter needed a french style rolling pin for her Pastry Arts course in college. Then a friend of her’s wanted one too. So I made a dozen.
They are made from cherry, maple, purple heart, and oak. Each one has at least two pieces of wood in them except the smallest one – that is just one piece of cherry.
They are from 15 to 20 inches long, and from 7/8ths to 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
All finished with Watco brand Butchers Block finish so that they will be food-safe.

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





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 10:57 PM

Nice, I like that maple purpleheart combination, used it recently for my file handles.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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GenuineGeek

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 11:01 PM

Those are my favorite too, the creamy color of the Maple makes the Purpleheart just pop, I used up all my Maple stock and all my purple heart to get those made.

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

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cajunpen

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 11:15 PM

Nice project – you planning on a trade for some of the baked goodies :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Natalie

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#4 posted 03-15-2013 01:36 AM

I love my french rolling pin! Sadly it was purchased, and I’ll probably never need another, but might make a couple as gifts.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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nwbusa

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#5 posted 03-15-2013 02:19 AM

Nice job. They get $25 a whack for those at Williams Sonoma, and yours are nicer in my opinion.

-- John, BC, Canada

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lew

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#6 posted 03-15-2013 04:11 AM

Nice Pins!!

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

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GenuineGeek

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#7 posted 03-15-2013 04:13 AM

It was quite a trick to keep the diameter consistent between the pins, but I gave up and rather just focused on making each one true to itself and not concern myself with making them all identical, that made it enjoyable time, even got some skew practice in.

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

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smitdog

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#8 posted 03-15-2013 05:56 PM

These are great, I like the contrasting wood. Have you ever tried one with a taper toward the ends? They’re more difficult to turn and get symmetrical, but the tapered pins make it easier to control in my opinion. I bet your daughter and her friend were the talk of the town in their classes!

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GenuineGeek

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#9 posted 03-16-2013 03:21 AM

No, I have not made on tapered, yet. As soon as someone wants one like that – I will then make one like that, but I agree with you, I think that it would be easier to control if they were tapered well.

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

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