Pepetools 130mm Combination Rolling Mill
Vintage cast iron machine base re-design by Lincoln Build Works
Woah guys–I always wanted a rolling mill but some how always managed to spend my money elsewhere (believable if you see my studio.) To be honest, I felt kinda silly not having one as a jeweler; that may have been the only reason why I even got one in the first place (dumb, I know.) I have no idea how I’m going to use it or implement it into my daily routine but hey thats what makes its fun.
I purchased the mill last week and happened to use my 30th birthday as an excuse. It’s getting quite stuffed in here already, so adding a piece of equipment that required a good chunk of space was kinda risky. If you aren’t familiar with rolling mills, they can be anywhere from 60 to 100+ lbs. They have to be bolted down to a stable surface otherwise you can just plain lose a foot one day.
In order to use this thing my only option was to find some kind of pedestal base to mount it to–something that could support the weight and also have a small footprint. Since I thought my chances of finding something at an antique shop right away were pretty slim, I decided to have one made.
The stand was made by, my now friend, Cody of Lincoln Build Works. He took me around his incredibly curated shop filled with vintage cast iron, wood and metal goods, to show me every old machine base he could possibly find. After pulling out about 5 bases and wandering aimlessly around the shop looking for more (and there were more) I choose ‘the one.’
I’ve been a fan of Cody’s work for some time now so I trusted him with the project and let him get to work. He insisted on making sure the mill was my exact height; turns out he’s also a physical therapist.
We initially had planned to have butcher block as the table top but Cody made the executive decision on a chunky piece of railroad wood and I couldn’t love it more. The stand is a cast iron machine base that was plucked from an old lathe. When I initially picked out the stand it was painted grey and rusted. So that beautiful green seeping through was a surprise too.
There’s nothing sweeter than having someone understand your vision to create a piece that seamlessly fits into your aesthetic.
Now–I’m off to roll some sheet!