In this video, Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor, turn a French-style rolling pin with an ornate detail in the center using a lathe.
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Host Kevin O’Connor joins Tom Silva in the workshop to learn how to make a French rolling pin on a lathe. A French rolling pin has handles that are fixed in place, whereas American rolling pins have handles that move independently from the roller.
Time: 2 days (glue needs to sit overnight)
Skill Level: Hard
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To create the custom piece of wood for turning, Tom used leftover pieces of mahogany and maple that he had from other projects, but that lumber can be found at most home centers and woodworking stores. To cut the in-lays and secure it all together, Tom used a Kapex KS120 sliding compound miter saw [https://bit.ly/2SEU2tm] by Festool [www.festoolusa.com] and some wood glue [https://amzn.to/3w1ZW69] from Gorilla Glue [www.gorillatough.com].
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The other tools and materials Tom and Kevin used to turn the rolling pin, including the sandpaper and coping saw, can be found at home centers.
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