This is how egg noodles were made “back in the day” before they were mass produced and available on your grocer’s shelf. By varying the distance between the cutting ribs you could make anything from spaghetti to fettuccine to wide egg noodles. Depending on the recipe for the dough you used you made pasta or egg noodles.
Starting with a glued up, laminated, turning blank of hard maple (Cherry, Walnut, etc.) it isn’t a hard project, but does require some precise turning to make it work. I took the corners off on the table saw to save some time on the lathe. I wanted the finished piece to be about 19″ long with the handles so I made the blank a couple inches longer than that.
The first step is to just make the whole thing round with a roughing gouge, which doesn’t take too long. You want to get it close to the same diameter the full length of the piece.
Next I did the a handle on each end using whatever tools I found necessary. A large skew, a small skew, spindle gouge, and parting tool. Then took my time sizing the main barrel of the roller to make it precisely the same size from one end to the other. This is necessary to have the “cutting blades” all contact the work surface at the same time. The final touch was to use sand paper on a wood block to get it exact.
The last turning step was to lay out the cut outs for the noodles and remove the material between the cutting blades. I made this one to make 1/2″ egg noodles, with each blade being 1/8″ wide at the base, tapered to almost a point where the roller meets the work surface.
The tapering to almost a point is precise turning with a small, sharp skew.
Final sanding and the turning is done. Removed from the lathe and checked on the top of the table saw shows the “blades” all meet the work surface at the same time.
The handles are accented with five shallow turns accented by holding a steel wire against the wood turning on the lathe which burns the accent into the wood. Simple but elegant addition to a wood turning like this.
Finally the excess material is cut off with the chop saw. I know some people just use a parting tool to do this but I’ve had things go flying doing it that way. A little hand sanding finishes the handles.
The finished raw wood is nice looking and then doing three coats of walnut oil really makes it look great.
Now where did I see that recipe for the perfect egg noodles?