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Turned rolling pin from recycled beech wood table leg

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Rolling pin in beech wood. Made from the leg of an old table I found on the curb, the same one that I used for this spinning top

Tools:
- Lathe
- Sandpaper (fine grained)
- Squares tool
- Pencil
- Saw (any kind that can cut through 70mm wood)

Materials:
- Block of wood 70mm*70mm*500mm (for a rolling pin with diameter 65mm, length 480mm)
- Mineral oil (IKEA has some for kitchen tools)

- First step was cutting the leg to approximate size. I already had a rolling pin from IKEA, and used that for measurements (see pics). Lucky for me the width of the leg was perfect.

- Second step was marking the center of each end for positioning on the lathe. 

- Third step. Turning the square leg to a cylinder. For this step you replace the tool rest with a tool holder. You attach a sharp stick of metal in the tool holder. On the lathe I use, the fitting for the tool holder can be positioned sideways and forwards/backwards using two hand wheels. Using those hand wheels you move the tip of the metal piece a few mm forward, then all the way along the length of the wood, before you adjust it forward another few mm and repeat until the piece is completely cylindric. I will try to get pictures of that later. 

- Fourth step. Marking the handles. When the piece of wood is completely round, you mark the handles with a pencil. To do this, turn the machine off, measure the wanted length and make a line of a few cm on the wood. Then turn on the machine again, and place the pencil on the now only slightly visible mark, to get a line going all the way around.

- Fifth step. The handles. I used what appears to be called an artisan spindle gouge for this part. It may not be the best tool for the job, but I'm a beginner and it worked just fine. I recommend getting used to it first, since depending on the angle of the 'u' (the shape of the gouge) the gouge will move in different directions. Also make sure to not move the tip of the gouge lower than the imagined center line of the turning object, and keeping the tool rest close to the turning object for increased control.

The shape of the handles is not measured, neither have I done anything to get them completely equal, just comparing the look and feel until they seemed the same.

- Sixth step. Sanding. Make sure to remove the tool rest before this, to avoid getting your hands jammed between it and the spinning object. 

- Seventh step. Stop the machine, remove the piece of wood and cut the ends off with a saw. 

- Eighth step. Sand the rough edges

- Final step. Apply mineral oil (vegetable oil would probably also be fine) 

pudtiny1 year ago
I think a picture is needed it sounds like a interesting attachment what make is you lathe?
pudtiny1 year ago
Are you using a wood turning lathe or a metal turning lathe? I don't quite understand what you are using in step 3 if you are on a wood lathe.

Thanks

Nice end product
videre (author)  pudtiny1 year ago
I'm using a wood lathe. I have now tried to reword step three to be more clear, let me know if that makes it better.