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Rolling Pin

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Handle shaft sized

The hard maple shaft sized and ready for turning to finished dimensions. The ½” diameter end for gluing in the handle I make about 1 ½” long. The 5/8” diameter section for the handle I leave about 1/16” longer than the handle length so it can move easily.

Shaft straight sections turned

The straight section of the shaft turned to finished size and sanded.

Waxing shaft

The section the handle rides on I rub the paraffin wax into while the lathe rotates. Do not get the wax on the 1/2" end section.

Melting wax in to wood

Hold a paper towel against the rotating wood to melt the wax into the wood.

Checking handle shaft length

Before parting the shaft off, test the handle and barrel to see how much clearance you have. This is a little too much of a gap so I will turn a little more of the end down to ½” and recheck.

Shaft button end

Turn the end of the shaft to the shape desired and part off.

Skewing shaft end

Reverse the shaft in the chuck; clean up the end and sand.

Rolling pin parts completed

All the parts of the rolling pin ready for assembly. I use Titebond II yellow glue.

End of rolling pin

The finished rolling pin handles glued in place. I do not apply any finish to the wood unless requested. Apply a salad bowl finish or cooking oil if you want. The owner should apply some oil after washing and drying the wood to maintain the rolling pin.

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