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Rolling Pin Spacer

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Rolling Pin Spacer by Eckerput Dec 22, 2012
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These are spacers to put on a rolling pin so that you can get a specific and even dough thickness. The STL is for a 3/8" dough thickness and about 1 and 7/8" rolling pin. The SCAD file can be edited to make many different dough thicknesses and rolling pin diameters (I didn't try them all though).

Jan 2015: Updated to a slanted gap.

Instructions

  1. Use the customer to adjust your spacer rings or use the STL for 3/8" dough and a 1 and 7/8" pin.

  2. Print two of the STL. I used two perimeters and 40% infill, but I suspect many options will work. They don't need to be that strong. I needed to slow my first layer to keep the tips from popping up.

  3. After prints are cool, clean up any flanges etc. with sand paper.

  4. Clean them.

  5. Put one on each end of the rolling pin. They should be a tight fit.

  6. Roll dough using the space between the spacers.

  7. Make some great cookies (optional).

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Dear Eckerput - THANKS!

Pita bread dough is supposed to be 3/16" thick according to the recipe I was using and this design was just what I needed. Downloaded the SCAD file, modified, printed, applied to rolling pin, made dough the right thickness, baked the dough, yummy pita bread that poofed up with steam perfectly :)

Awesome, glad it worked out for you. I use it every year with my Christmas cookies to get the just the right thickness for the cookie cutters.

Nice one! Now i don't have to learn scad in order to create this myself :)

OMG! I never considered this when I got my printer. Now it will be much simpler to get uniform thickness for my gingerbread houses.

Yeah, I use it every year for my Christmas cookies too. That's why I designed it. You may want to make a few copies that way you don't have to worry about getting them clean after using them.

Only a suggestion to save the gap:

difference () {
cylinder (h=7,r=pinr+Dough, $fn = 200);
translate ([0,0,-2]) cylinder (h=14,r=pinr, $fn = 200);
rotate([60,0,0]) translate ([0,0,-5]) cube([pinr+Dough+2,2,20]);
}

Nice idea! A 60 degree slant can create overhang problems when printing, but I put in a 30 degree slant. 30 should be printable by most every machine.

Thanks for putting this up, once again I went to make something, only to find someone already did it for me!
There does seem to be an issue with the script though.
The comments in the SCAD file says "Diameter of rolling pin", but you use it as a radius so it needs to be divided by two

Thanks for the correction! It's always satisfying when people use your designs. I fixed the OpenScad file so it is correct now (it was obviously an easy correction on such a simple design).

Nice, but why not just use rubber bands? I think I got that tip from Cook's Illustrated or Good Eats or something. :)

I hadn't thought of that. These might have better control of the thickness though. We use those cookie cutters that imprint the surface of the cookie when you cut them out so careful thickness control is helpful.

Makes sense! It just seems like standard office supplies might be easier to adjust than having to tinker around with a bunch of builds.

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