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Laminated wood rolling pins

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bfmackin bfmackin, member
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The 3 stages of turning.
Cutting board to go along with the rolling pins.
The 3 stages of turning. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

The 3 stages of turning.


A friend wanted to make a rolling pin and cutting board for his wife, but doesn't have the tools, so he came over to my shop. I had enough scrap chunks of wood to laminate a blank that produced blanks for 5 rolling pins, and he brought enough maple and cherry to make a nice cutting board to match.

Laminate the boards in a steadily shifting pattern like this:

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etc. Then cut them at an angle.

The white oak section is the most difficult to turn; it really wants to chip out! As soon as it's roughly rounded, switch from the roughing gouge to a narrow scraper (I used the end of an old file, ground square & sharp), then plenty of sandpaper to finish. The cherry and walnut turned smoothly.

For hardware, I bought a 6' long, 1/4" stainless steel bar, then 1/4"ID, 5/8"O/D bearings for about $7.50 each. Cutting your own threads 3/4" on each end means each of the 3 bars costs about $3 instead of $15 for a pre-threaded rod. A 1/4" fiber washer covers the bearing.

Turn the handles about 4-5" long, and drill 2 stepped holes; the first is 1/4" at 1.5" deep, the next is 5/32" at 2" deep. Thread handles on by hand.


Design or Plan used: My own design

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