How to Make a Rolling Pin

A rolling pin is a handy device. It can be used for everything from tenderizing meet to rolling out pie crusts and cookies. Rolling pins are traditionally made of wood, but they can be manufactured from just about anything, including PVC pipe.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-foot long piece of 3-inch PVC pipe
  • 2 end caps with threads.
  • PVC glue
  • Quick set concrete
  • Bucket

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Glue one cap onto the end of the PVC pipe. Attach the cap after smearing the end of the pipe with PVC glue. Hold in place for about 90 seconds to allow the glue to set.

Glue the threads onto the other end of the PVC pipe. The threads are the ridges that will enable you to screw and unscrew the cap. Glue the threads on by smearing their interior and the end of the pipe with glue. Hold them in place for about 90 seconds. Once they are set, you will be able to remove and replace one end of the rolling pin.

Mix the quick-set concrete. Add water to the concrete powder to form liquid concrete. Use a bucket rather than a mixing bowl in case the mixture starts to harden before you can use it all.

Fill the PVC pipe with the concrete. Screw the end cap on or glue it in place. Once the concrete has set (usually less than 10 minutes) you're ready to start using the rolling pin.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want a rolling pin for pie crusts, fill the PVC with ice cubes and water before screwing the second cap on. Rub a little Vaseline on the threads to make the seal watertight. This kind of rolling pin works well for pie crusts because the ice cold water keeps the dough from sticking to the pin.
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