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Project by bondogaposis posted 12-01-2013 01:22 PM 1603 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing fellow jock, lew’s beautiful Celtic knot rolling pins I knew I had to make some of these and they moved to the top of my Christmas list. Here is a link to lew’s blog about how to make these, which I followed pretty closely. Seems I have a lot of women on my list and this was great idea for me as I they lend themselves to assembly line construction. I am quite pleased with how they turned out for my first attempt at Celtic knot turning and will be making more of these in the future. I included a few pictures of the table saw sled I made to make the diagonal cuts in the blank before turning.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 12-01-2013 01:34 PM

Those are awesome. I would love to see the glued up blanks before you turn them!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 12-01-2013 04:29 PM

Very-very nice….I am on the hook to make a couple of these to fulfill Christmas gift wishes.

What you have learned from chefs/cooks what diameters to use, the best overall
lengths preferred, and the taper angles and lengths?

Thanks much!

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#3 posted 12-01-2013 04:31 PM

These are very attractive. Nice work.

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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#4 posted 12-01-2013 08:09 PM

I don’t have any pictures of the glued up blanks, so I won’t be able to post that until next time I make some of these. The diameter is somewhere in the vicinity of 1 3/4” My maple stock was 2” to begin with, but you have leave about 1/8” on each side when you make the cuts to hold the thing together for the glue ups. I used Titebond III for glue and it took several days for each glue up as each blank has 8 slips and you can’t move on to the next one until the glue has cured enough to take them out of the clamps and plane them flush. For me if I got three a day I was doing good for each one. That is why it is a good idea to batch these. I added some new pictures of the sled used to make the diagonal cuts. For the tapers I just looked at a lot of pictures of commercial ones and winged it from there. Three of them are 20” long and one is 19”, most of the commercial ones that I looked were between 18 and 22 inches. I will be looking for feedback on how well they work from the recipients. Maybe I should make one for myself then make a pie to see how they work, lol.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 12-01-2013 08:12 PM

Those look mighty fine. I like the design to them.

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#6 posted 12-01-2013 08:48 PM

Great gifts for all the ladies. Nicely done.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 12-01-2013 09:26 PM

Nice work they look beautiful, I am sure you will have some happy recipients

-- Cosmicturner

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#8 posted 12-01-2013 09:54 PM

Very nice and unique. My bet is these will become heirloom in the recipient’s family.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#9 posted 12-02-2013 01:12 AM

Beautiful! You guys that do those Celtic knots have my respect. They look impossible to me!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 12-02-2013 04:34 AM

These are awesome. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 12-03-2013 12:54 AM

Great work on these pins Ron!

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#12 posted 12-03-2013 02:58 AM

You done good!!!

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

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#13 posted 12-03-2013 03:01 AM

LEW, many thanks for posting your helpful blog, I could have never figured that out on my own.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#14 posted 12-06-2013 03:17 AM

Looking good! I’m hoping to get a few more done myself before Christmas!

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#15 posted 12-07-2013 02:21 AM

well done Bongo.
Hey Lew you´re not alone anymore, hahaha

-- Back home. Fernando

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