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Old 08-06-2016, 09:22 PM   #1
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Rolling pins

I hope that I am posting this in the right section.
I am looking at making timber rolling pins to sell at markets and I was wondering what length do people like and if they prefer a handle or not, and if no handle do they want the end rounded over or just left square. The two that I have made so far are 50mm and 60mm diameter. I will post up a picture later of the two prototypes that I have made so far and a few other designs that I am looking at making from pictures on google. I am using salvaged grey box branches and logs for the rolling pins so their may be a few cracks and holes but they have been filled with CA glue in the prototypes, and I am looking for a more price effective and food safe resin to fill any cracks in the ones that I will be selling.
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:01 PM   #2
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One-piece "European-style" rolling pins vary. Key factors are diameter, length of the full-sized center section, and the degree of taper on the ends. If the center section is too short, the baker has to work harder to roll out dough. Ends should not have sharp edges.

The wood you use should be solid and hole and crack-free. It should be neutral in taste so it doesn't impart its flavors to the food and should be food safe. I don't recommend the use of any fillers.
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Thanks Andy M. I am not sure what length people want the centre section so that is one of my questions. I currently have very little taper to no taper at the ends before I go into the handle piece to no handle on one.
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:13 AM   #4
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I find a 45 cm long pin is too much for me to handle, I much prefer a 30 cm pin and also not too heavy. Since I am short, I have a hard time with the heavier, longer pins and correct leverage to use them.
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Old 08-07-2016, 04:10 AM   #5
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I find a 45 cm long pin is too much for me to handle, I much prefer a 30 cm pin and also not too heavy. Since I am short, I have a hard time with the heavier, longer pins and correct leverage to use them.
I am with PF and Andy. I don't want my rolling pin too long. I have limited counter space Even though I presently have the old standby pin that is heavy with handles, I have used the ones that are much thinner and fell in love with them. Some day..... Also, I certainly do not want any chemical fillers in any kitchen item that is to be used on food, in my kitchen.
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Just to be clear, I'm talking about this kind of RP.
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Old 08-07-2016, 10:38 AM   #7
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I think you should take a field trip to your local kitchen store and see what they have for sale. No need to reinvent the wheel.
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I think most of them are made of hardwood...I could be wrong...
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:05 PM   #9
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I think you're right, Rock. Very small-grained hardwood, no cracks or splits.
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I believe mine are maple. I have both the tapered and straight style. The straight style is too thick for my hands. I didn't realize at the time that there were different diameters. So my favourite has become the tapered. Much slimmer.
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