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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #86: Repair Broken Handle on Antique Rolling Pin

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 11-29-2016 12:46 AM 987 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some time this century the wife asked me to repair the broken handle on her grandmother’s hand-me-down rolling pin. In an effort to get caught up on the ‘Honey-Do’ list (and win some brownie points), I made this one of today’s projects.

Here is the rolling pin with the broken shaft on the left. The end button has been sawed off, to be attached to the new shaft.

The new shaft is at the bottom right. This was a standard 5/8” hardwood dowel that had to be turned down to approximately 1/2” on the inserted end and slightly smaller than the dowel’s diameter to fit the inside of the handle. The step down is because I don’t have twist or brad bits larger than 1/2”. I couldn’t have made this without my new Nova G3 chuck.

I drilled a deep 1/2” hole into the end of the pin, added glue and inserted the thinner end of the new shaft into the pin. A shallow hole was drilled into the end button and a short 1/4” dowel was glued in. A 1/4” holed was drilled into the new shaft to receive it.

Completed pin. Handle rolls like the original.

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works



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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 11-29-2016 02:13 AM

Nice repair on a vintage project. Be sure to collect your brownie points!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 11-29-2016 03:24 AM

I do like to see some of the older things kept up and in working order! good SAVE.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 11-29-2016 06:29 PM

Nice save Paul.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 11-29-2016 06:29 PM



Nice repair on a vintage project. Be sure to collect your brownie points!

- Don Broussard

Heh. No brownie points here. I’m way in arrears on advances. ;)

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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#5 posted 11-29-2016 06:30 PM



I do like to see some of the older things kept up and in working order! good SAVE.

- ralbuck

When I can, I do, too. I’m not skilled in the art of restoration. Had this been a client’s, I probably would have turned it down. Maybe that will change someday. For now…SAVE! :D

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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#6 posted 11-29-2016 06:31 PM



Nice save Paul.

- luv2learn

Thanks, Lee.

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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