Introduction: Big to Small Rolling Pin
Whilst perusing the Instructables contests page, I came across the Big to Small contest, with not too much time left to come up with an idea of what to make, then actually make something i needed a plan.
I was in the workshop messing about and came across some 6mm dowel, a thought suddenly flashed through my mind, Rolling pin! (dont ask me why), I was sure we had one somewhere from days of old.
Onto the Metal Lathe.
Brass round bar
Step 1: First Miniature Rolling Pin
This is not much of an Instructable its nothing more than putting a piece of dowel into the jaws of the lathe and very gently turning it,
On the 2nd attempt i managed to get both ends turned down and with a bit of filing and sanding i had the first mini rolling pin that Tom Thumb would have been proud of, a rub with some Danish oil and Pin number 1 was sorted.
Step 2: Miniature Rolling Pin Number 2
I felt a lack of under achievement with the first pin, so on with another, this time with a piece of brass bar, onto the lathe and turned it down, filed then sanded.
I'm still not satisfied and think i can go smaller..eyes allowing!
Step 3: Mini Rolling Pin 3
On with Pin number 3, brass bar again as i wasn't sure wood would survive the turning at these diameters, my Chinese mini lathe is far from precise.
So after more turning, Sanding and a quick polish, i ended up with a miniscule piece of brass which indeed resembled the Rolling pin.
Can we go smaller?
Step 4: Mini Pin Number 4
An attempt at another mini rolling pin, this time we are using a cocktail stick.
Cocktail stick is secured in the lathe and the filing begins, very gingerly i might add.
After some very gentle sanding we had the 4th and final Pin.
Step 5: The Outcome
It just goes to show how small you can go with a cheap Lathe, and makes me think of someone wanting to make furniture or components for a Dolls house or similar, the possibilities are endless!
Thanks for looking!
Participated in the
Big vs Small Challenge