|Project by Craig Havran||posted 12-15-2013 04:53 PM||1356 views||10 times favorited||12 comments|
This is a rolling pin that I turned for my mother in law. This was an excellent project for me and learned some really good skills I’ll continue to use.
I used walnut and maple for the pin, and hard maple for the handles. There are 10 lines total on the handles to represent her 10 grandkids. Drilling this beast out was a comedy of errors. I figured that a 5/8” dowel would provide sufficient strength spanning from handle to handle so I went out and bought a 5/8” forstner bit and dowel rod. After turning my handle, I chucked up my 5/8” bit and drilled about 2-1/2” into the handle and realized that when I put the bit into my extension to go another inch, my extension is 3/4” in diameter. CRAP! So I go to the store to buy a 3/4” forstner bit and a new dowel rod. Get the handle redrilled with my new bit, put it into the extension to go the rest of the way and realize that my set screws stick out too much for it to clear the wood at 3/4”. CRAP! On my way to the store for a 7/8” dowel rod and new forster bit. Get it all drilled out and now the handles are done. At the thinnest part of the handle where the dowel is, the wood is thinner than 1/8” (that was close). With a dowel in there now, I don’t expect any issues. To do the pin itself, I found the center of the pin and roughed it down a bit between centers and then put a couple tenons on it. Got it chucked up and drilled a 3/4” hole with my extension halfway through and then expanded the hole to 7/8”. flipped it around and did the same thing. There was a little travel with my bit, but was easily able to compensate for it by sanding the dowel slightly. Now that I have two perfectly centered holes I was able to use my cone dead center and cone live center to keep it perfectly true from here on out. It is right at 2-1/2” in diameter. Once I got it finished with boiled walnut oil for the pin and butcher block oil for the handles, I glued in a handle, put it through the pin, and then cut the dowel to length and glued the other handle. There’s 1/16” play in case of any expansion.
Right before she opened the gift, she gave me a hard time for not making her a pen. She loved it, and I no longer owe her a pen. Given that she had been baking the entire day before, I didn’t make her use it for a pie for me, but she owes me.
Thanks for looking and will take any critiques you have. Thanks Jocks!
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