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Title:
MAGNETIC ROLLING SYSTEM FOR PLIABLE MATERIAL
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/160671
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A Magnetic Rolling System for Pliable Material is described as a rolling board having the ability to magnetically attract spacing and guide rails on which a rolling pin travels, thus keeping a rolling pin a specified distance above the rolling board and on track. In addition, these spacing and guide rails are also used to hold a rolling diagram, a cutting mat, and a sheet of parchment paper firmly in place. The Magnetic Rolling System for Pliable Material makes rolling pliable material such as dough and compounds to a precise thickness, simple and almost effortless.

Inventors:
HORGAN, Gary Anthony (214 Newton St, Waltham, Massachusetts, 02453-8606, US)
Application Number:
US2016/024459
Publication Date:
October 06, 2016
Filing Date:
March 28, 2016
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
HORGAN, Gary Anthony (214 Newton St, Waltham, Massachusetts, 02453-8606, US)
International Classes:
A21C3/02; A21C11/00; A21C3/00; A47J43/20
Foreign References:
US6607187B12003-08-19
US20150069648A12015-03-12
US4521174A1985-06-04
US8360410B12013-01-29
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A magnetic rolling system for pliable material comprising:

a magnetic rolling board, having a planar top surface;

said magnetic rolling board being configured to magnetically attract, or be magnetically attracted to, a plurality of rolling pin spacers and a plurality of rolling pin spacer guides which are placed on, and magnetically attached to, said top planar surface; said plurality of rolling pin spacers, typically long in length, narrow in width, while having a variety of thicknesses between said spacers, all having planar top surfaces, configured to magnetically attract, or be magnetically attracted to, said magnetic material board, said plurality of rolling pin spacer guides, and each other; and

said plurality of rolling pin spacer guides, typically long in length, narrow in width, each having a horizontal spacer portion with a planar top surface, and a vertical rolling pin guide element disposed along a full length of one long edge of said horizontal spacer portion, wherein said horizontal spacer portion is configured to magnetically attract, or be magnetically attracted to, said magnetic rolling board and rolling pin spacers.

The magnetic rolling system of claim 1 wherein said pliable material is a pastry dough.

The magnetic rolling system of claim 1 wherein said magnetic rolling board having a form of s selected from the group of a flexible mat or a plate or a rigid board.

4. The magnetic rolling system of claim 1 wherein:

said magnetic rolling board comprises a magnetic rolling board having a shape of a plate form of any perimeter shape, having a top and bottom planar surface, made of thin rigid magnetic or ferromagnetic material, such as 16 gauge steel sheet metal, which in turn magnetically attracts, or is magnetically attracted to, rolling pin spacers which magnetically attach to said magnetic rolling board top planar surface;

said plurality of rolling pin spacers comprises a variety of rolling pin spacers, typically long in length, narrow in width, all having a top and bottom planar surface, may be linear, curved, circular, or any other perimeter shape a particular application may require, are made of thin rigid ferromagnetic material, such as 16 gauge steel sheet metal, or flexible magnetic material, such as vehicle graphics sheet magnet, which in turn magnetically attract, or are magnetically attracted to, said magnetic rolling board, and are typically placed on said board's top planar surface, or on top of any parchment paper, templates, or other sheet material already placed on said board's top planar surface, and just inside said board's perimeter, and are magnetically attracted to, and may be stacked on top of, each other, in order to increase a total spacer thickness, thus creating a desired height difference between said spacer top planar surface and said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface, or any parchment paper, templates, or the like, while holding fast said sheet material;

said pliable material is placed centrally on said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface, or said sheeting material, whereby a rolling pin wide enough to span said magnetic rolling board's width can be positioned horizontally and used to roll out said pliable material, as said pliable material is rolled thinner and thinner a cylindrical surface of said rolling pin comes in contact with said rolling pin spacer's top planar surface and is prevented from pushing down into said pliable material any further, where said pliable material continues to be rolled out until said cylindrical surface of said rolling pin stays in contact with said rolling pin spacer's top planar surface when rolled from one edge of said pliable material to its opposite edge, where at this point said pliable material is completely rolled out to the desired thickness which is the same thickness as said rolling pin spacer, or stacked rolling pin spacers, thickness which are magnetically attached to said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface; and

said plurality of rolling pin spacers are configured to be used with any other magnetic rolling board, mat, plate, rolling pin spacers, and rolling pin spacer guides as a particular application may require.

5. The magnetic rolling system of claim 4 wherein:

said magnetic rolling board plate comprises a magnetic or ferromagnetic rolling board, in plate form, that may be bonded or otherwise mechanically fastened to said top planar surface of, or set into a relief formed into, a nonmagnetic base of rigid or semirigid material, of any perimeter shape, wherein said magnetic rolling board in plate form, may be loosely fit, tight fit, bonded, or mechanically held into said relief, where said base is at least twice the thickness of said magnetic rolling board in plate form, having a perimeter larger than said rolling board in plate form, which may or may not contour said magnetic rolling board in plate form's outer perimeter;

said plurality of rolling pin spacers are configured to be placed on said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface, or on top of any sheet material, already placed on said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface, and placed just inside said board's perimeter, and are also attracted to, and may be stacked on top of, each other in order to increase a total spacer thickness, thus creating a desired height difference between said spacer top planar surface and said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface, while holding fast any sheet material placed between them, whereas pliable material is placed centrally on said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface, or said sheeting material, while a rolling pin wide enough to span said magnetic rolling board's width is used to roll out said pliable material, as said material is rolled thinner and thinner said cylindrical surface of said rolling pin comes in contact with said rolling pin spacer's top planar surface and is prevented from pushing further down into said pliable material, where said material continues to be rolled out until said cylindrical surface of said rolling pin stays in contact with at least two said rolling pin spacer's top planar surface when rolled from one edge of said material to its opposite edge, where said pliable material is completely rolled out to the desired thickness which is the same thickness as the total rolling pin spacer individual, or stack, thickness magnetically attached to said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface.

6. The magnetic rolling system of claim 1 wherein said magnetic rolling board comprises a flexible magnetic rolling mat having a top and a bottom planar surface when in its natural unrolled flat state, having a plurality of magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded just below its said top planar surface.

7. The magnetic rolling system of claim 1 wherein:

said magnetic rolling board, is in a form of a flexible mat, or magnetic rolling mat, of any perimeter shape, having a top and bottom planar surface when in its natural unrolled flat state, having a plurality of magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded just below its top planar surface, typically with their poles aligned perpendicular to said top planar surface, and align coaxially with mating magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded within said rolling pin spacers, typically in a pattern inside and along said magnetic rolling mat's outer perimeter, which in turn magnetically attract, or are magnetically attracted to, rolling pin spacers which magnetically attach to said magnetic rolling mat's top planar surface and each other;

said plurality of magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded just below said magnetic rolling mat's top planar surface, typically with their poles aligned perpendicular to said top planar surface, typically with all poles orientated in the same direction, but may also have some poles facing in the opposite direction, provided any said opposite poles are orientated in the same direction as their intended magnetic or ferromagnetic mates imbedded within any rolling pin spacers, or rolling pin spacer guides;

said plurality of rolling pin spacers, typically long in length and narrow in width, having a variety of thicknesses between said spacers in sets of at least two of the same thickness, width, and length per set, all having a top and bottom planar surface, and are typically linear, but may be curved, circular, or any other shape a particular application may require, may be magnetic, ferromagnetic, or nonmagnetic with magnetic or ferromagnetic components strategically embedded throughout, with their poles aligned perpendicular to said top and bottom planar surface, disposed in a pattern in order to align with said magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded within said magnetic rolling mat, which in turn magnetically attract, or are magnetically attracted to, said magnetic rolling mat;

said one or more magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded flush with said magnetic rolling pin spacer's top, bottom, or both planar surfaces, or hidden between said planar surfaces, typically with their poles aligned perpendicular to said planar surfaces, typically with all poles orientated in the same direction, but may also have some poles facing in the opposite direction, provided any said opposite poles are orientated in the same direction as their intended magnetic or ferromagnetic mates imbedded within said magnetic rolling mat;

said magnetic rolling mat is configured to be flexible enough to be rolled up with its rolling pin spacers centrally located within, while having optional magnetic or ferromagnetic objects located within the interior of said flexible rolling mat, which align with, and are magnetically attracted to, each other in order to help keep said rolling mat from unrolling;

said plurality of rolling pin spacers are typically placed on said magnetic rolling mat's top planar surface, or on top of any sheet material already placed on said mat's top planar surface, just inside said magnetic rolling mat's outer perimeter where said spacers snap into place as all said magnetic or ferromagnetic objects coaxially align with their intended mates, and are also attracted to, and may be stacked on top of, each other in order to increase the total spacer thickness, whereas pliable material is placed centrally on said magnetic rolling mat's top planar surface, or said sheeting material if used, while a rolling pin wide enough to span said rolling mat's width is then used to roll out said pliable material, as the pliable material is rolled thinner and thinner a cylindrical surface of said rolling pin comes in contact with said rolling pin spacer's top planar surfaces and is prevented from pushing down into said pliable material any further, where said pliable material continues to be rolled out until said cylindrical surface of said rolling pin stays in contact with said rolling pin spacer's top planar surfaces when rolled from one edge of said pliable material to its opposite edge, where at this point said pliable material is completely rolled out to the desired thickness which is the same thickness as the total rolling pin spacer thickness attached to said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface.

8. The magnetic rolling system of claim 1 wherein said rolling pin spacers are configured to be used in combination with any other magnetic rolling board, magnetic rolling mat, magnetic rolling plate, rolling pin spacers, and guides as a particular application may require.

9. The magnetic rolling system of claim 1 wherein said magnetic rolling board comprises a rigid magnetic rolling board having a top and a bottom planar surface and a plurality of magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded just below its said top planar surface.

10. The magnetic rolling system of claim 1 wherein:

said magnetic rolling board comprises a rigid magnetic rolling board, of any perimeter shape, having a top and bottom planar surface, being at least thick enough to hold within, a plurality of magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded flush with, or just below, its top planar surface, typically with their poles aligned perpendicular to said top planar surface, typically in a pattern inside and along said board's outer perimeter, which in turn align with magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded within said rolling pin spacers, and magnetically attract, or are magnetically attracted to, said spacers which magnetically attach to said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface and each other; said plurality of magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded flush with, or just below, said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface, typically with their poles aligned perpendicular to said top planar surface, typically with all poles orientated in the same direction, but may also have some poles facing in the opposite direction, provided any said opposite poles are orientated in the same direction as their intended magnetic or ferromagnetic mates imbedded within any rolling pin spacers, or rolling pin spacer guides;

said plurality of magnetic rolling pin spacers typically long in length and narrow in width, having a variety of thicknesses between said spacers in sets of at least two of the same thickness, width, and length per set, all having a top and bottom planar surface, and may be linear, curved, circular, or any other shape a particular application may require, may be magnetic, ferromagnetic, or nonmagnetic with magnetic or ferromagnetic components strategically embedded throughout, with their poles aligned perpendicular to said top and bottom planar surface, disposed in a pattern in order to align with said magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded within said magnetic rolling board, which in turn magnetically attract, or are magnetically attracted to, said magnetic rolling board; said magnetic rolling system further comprises an optional lip, or overhang, is formed along at least one of the upper long edges of said magnetic rolling pin spacers in order to enable one to more easily grip and lift said magnetically attached spacers from said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface;

said plurality of magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded flush with said magnetic rolling pin spacer's top, bottom, or both planar surfaces, or hidden between said planar surfaces, typically with their poles aligned perpendicular to said planar surfaces, typically with all poles orientated in the same direction, but may also have some poles facing in the opposite direction, provided any said opposite poles are orientated in the same direction as their intended magnetic or ferromagnetic mates imbedded within said magnetic rolling board;

said magnetic rolling system further comprises one or more optional corner retainers for keeping sheet material in place, whereas said retainers, typically in a shape of an inverted and squared letter "U", are attached to the faces of, and close to an intersection of, two adjacent side walls of said magnetic rolling board when its outer perimeter is rectangular in shape, wherein the two vertical sections of said retainer are fastened to said intersecting side walls, and the horizontal portion of said retainer is set just above, and parallel with, the top planar surface of said magnetic rolling board, in order to allow the corners of any sheet material to fit between them, thus keeping said sheet material in its intended position;

said magnetic rolling system further comprises one or more optional fixed or adjustable feet of any quantity, placement, and type which attach to, or are imbedded within and protrude from, the bottom planar surface of said magnetic rolling board, whereas said feet help keep said magnetic rolling board stable, and from sliding on the surface of which it sits;

said plurality of rolling pin spacers are typically placed on the magnetic rolling board's top planar surface, or on top of any sheet material already placed on said board's top planar surface, just inside said board's outer perimeter where said spacers snap into place as all the magnetic or ferromagnetic objects coaxially align with their intended mates, and are also attracted to, and may be stacked on top of, each other in order to increase the total spacer thickness, whereas pliable material is placed centrally on said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface, or said sheeting material if used, while a rolling pin wide enough to span said magnetic rolling board's width is then used to roll out said pliable material, as said pliable material is rolled thinner and thinner the rolling pin's cylindrical surface comes in contact with said rolling pin spacer's top planar surface and is prevented from pushing down into the pliable material any further, where said material continues to be rolled out until the rolling pin's cylindrical surface stays in contact with said rolling pin spacer's top planar surfaces when rolled from one edge of the pliable material to its opposite edge, where at this point the pliable material is completely rolled out to the desired thickness which is the same thickness as the total rolling pin spacer, or stacked rolling pin spacer, thickness magnetically attached to said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface.

11. The magnetic rolling system of claim 1 wherein said magnetic rolling board comprises:

a top planar surface;

a shelled out bottom interior surface with a network of structural ribbing disposed therein, and having a plurality of magnet wells which are formed and strategically located throughout in a pattern typically along and just inside an outer perimeter of said magnetic rolling board whereby said plurality of magnet wells align with one or more magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded within said rolling pin spacers and rolling pin spacer guides; and

said plurality of magnet wells are configured to receive said one or more magnetic or ferromagnetic objects.

12. The magnetic rolling system of claim 1 wherein said magnetic rolling board, spacers and guides further comprise:

said magnetic rolling board, of any perimeter shape, comprising a top planar surface and a shelled out bottom interior with a network of structural ribbing disposed therein, while having a plurality of magnet wells which are formed and strategically located throughout, in a pattern typically along and just inside said outer perimeter, in order to align with magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded within said rolling pin spacers and guides, into which magnetic or ferromagnetic objects fit, and are bonded, encased, or otherwise permanently held in place, and are typically located flush with, or just below, said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface, typically with their poles aligned perpendicular to said top planar surface, which in turn magnetically attract, or are magnetically attracted to, rolling pin spacers and rolling pin spacer guides which magnetically attach to said rolling board's top planar surface and each other;

said plurality of magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded flush with, or just below, said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface, typically with their poles aligned perpendicular to said top planar surface, typically with all poles orientated in the same direction, but may also have some poles facing in the opposite direction, provided any said opposite poles are orientated in the same direction as their intended magnetic or ferromagnetic mates imbedded within any rolling pin spacers, or rolling pin spacer guides;

the magnetic rolling system further comprises one or more optional corner retainers for keeping sheet material in place may be formed into said shelled out magnetic rolling board when said magnetic rolling board is rectangular in shape, whereas said retainers are typically in the form of at least two small opposite corner sections of the top planar surface of said magnetic rolling board, which are raised slightly above said top planar surface, whereas said magnetic rolling board's perimeter walls are also extended upward with said raised corner section at the point where they join with each other, while also having a gap between the stationary planar surface and the raised corner planar surface, enough to create a gap into which corners of any sheet material may be inserted in order to help keep said sheet material in place;

the plurality of rolling pin spacers, typically long in length and narrow in width, while having a variety of thicknesses between said spacers in sets of at least two of the same thickness, width, and length per set, said spacers may be linear, curved, circular, or any other perimeter shape a particular application may require, all having a top planar surface and a shelled out bottom interior with a network of structural ribbing disposed within, while having a plurality of magnet wells which are formed and strategically located throughout said shelled out underside and disposed in a pattern in order to align with said magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded within said magnetic rolling board, into which magnet or ferromagnetic parts fit and are bonded, encased, or otherwise permanently held in place, while said rolling pin spacers are nonmagnetic with said magnetic or ferromagnetic components strategically located throughout, which in turn magnetically attract, or are magnetically attracted to, said magnetic rolling board, and magnetically attach to said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface and each other; the one or more magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded flush with, or just beneath, said magnetic rolling pin spacer's top planar surface, which fit into a plurality of magnet wells which are formed and strategically located throughout said rolling pin spacer shelled out underside and are bonded, encased, or otherwise permanently held in place, typically with their poles aligned perpendicular to said top planar surface, typically with all poles orientated in the same direction, but may also have some poles facing in the opposite direction, provided any said opposite poles are orientated in the same direction as their intended magnetic or ferromagnetic mates imbedded within said magnetic rolling board;

the magnetic rolling system further comprises one or more a lip, or overhang, may be formed along at least one of the upper long edges, protruding in a horizontal direction as not to change the thickness, of said magnetic rolling pin spacers in order to enable one to more easily grip and lift said magnetically attached spacers from said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface, or to separate one rolling pin spacer from another;

the plurality of rolling pin spacer guides, typically in pairs of the same dimensions which are long in length and narrow in width, having a top planar surface on their spacer portion which is thick enough to contain any magnetic or ferromagnetic components mounted between said top planar surface and bottom edges, whereas a vertical guide member integrally formed along one long edge, therewith depending upwardly therefrom said planar surface, of any suitable width, being at least tall enough to keep a rolling pin on track when rolled on said spacer portion's top planar surface of, and between, two parallel and opposing rolling pin spacer guides, while said spacer guide has a shelled out bottom interior with a network of structural ribbing disposed within, while having a plurality of magnet wells which are formed and strategically located throughout said shelled out underside disposed in a pattern in order to align with said magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded within said magnetic rolling board, into which magnet or ferromagnetic parts fit and are bonded, encased, or otherwise permanently held in place, whereas said spacer guides may be linear, curved, circular, or any other perimeter shape a particular application may require, while said rolling pin spacer guides are nonmagnetic with magnetic or ferromagnetic components strategically located throughout, which in turn magnetically attract, or are magnetically attracted to, said magnetic rolling board, and magnetically attach to said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface and each other;

said one or more magnetic or ferromagnetic objects are embedded flush with said magnetic rolling pin spacer guide's top, planar surface, or hidden just beneath said top planar surface, typically with their poles aligned perpendicular to said top planar surface, typically with all poles orientated in the same direction, but may also have some poles facing in the opposite direction, provided any said opposite poles are orientated in the same direction as their intended magnetic or ferromagnetic mates imbedded within said magnetic rolling board;

the magnetic rolling system further comprises one or more optional foot bosses which originate at the underside of said shelled magnetic rolling board and protrude downward perpendicular to said underside, typically not past the lower edge of the outer perimeter walls of said magnetic rolling board, having a collinear central void that is open at its lower end, wherein said central void may have a smooth or threaded interior, or may house a threaded insert at its end, wherein said foot bosses house and support fixed or adjustable feet of any type, whereas structural ribs may terminate at each foot boss;

the magnetic rolling system further comprises one or more optional fixed or adjustable feet, each typically having a shaft portion that is disposed centrally within said optional foot bosses, whereas said shaft portion may be threaded and screwed into place while affording said magnetic rolling board an adjustable height and leveling means, or said shaft portion may be permanently affixed in place, and protrude downward toward the lower edges of said magnetic rolling board's perimeter walls, while a lower foot portion is centrally formed at the lower end of said shaft portion, extends lower than the lower edges of said magnetic rolling board, is typically circular or polygonal in its outer perimeter shape and wider than said shaft and may have a lower portion integrally formed having non-skid properties which help keep said magnetic rolling board from sliding on the surface of which it rests; and said plurality of rolling pin spacer guides are placed on the top planar surface and along the perimeter edge of said magnetic rolling board, causing magnetic or

ferromagnetic objects disposed within said spacer guides to align with magnetic of ferromagnetic objects disposed within said rolling board, causing said spacer guides to magnetically snap into place, while having their vertical guide sections closest to the outer perimeter of said magnetic rolling board, while holding fast any parchment paper, templates, or the like, placed between them, whereas any required rolling pin spacers are then stacked on, and are magnetically attracted to, the top planar surface of the spacer portion of said guides until the desired height of spacers is reached, whereas pliable material is placed centrally on said magnetic rolling boards' s top planar surface, or said sheeting material if used, while a rolling pin wide enough to span said rolling pin spacers, but not too long as to not fit between the vertical guides, is used to roll out said pliable material, as said pliable material is rolled thinner and thinner the rolling pin's ends are kept in line by the vertical guides, while its cylindrical surface begins to come in contact with said rolling pin spacer's top planar surface and is prevented from pushing down into the pliable material any further, where said material continues to be rolled out until said rolling pin's cylindrical surface stays in contact with said rolling pin spacer's top planar surface when rolled from one edge of said pliable material to its opposite edge, where at this point the pliable material is completely rolled out to the desired thickness which is the same thickness as the total rolling pin spacer guides and rolling pin spacers thickness attached to said magnetic rolling board's top planar surface.

13. A magnetic rolling system for pliable material comprising:

a rolling board, having a planar top surface;

one or more rolling pin spacers;

one or more rolling pin spacer guides; and

said rolling board and at least one of (a) said one or more rolling pin spacers or (b) one or more rolling pin spacer guides configured to be magnetically attracted to each other whereby said one or more rolling pin spacers or said one or more rolling pin spacer guides can be placed and magnetically retain on said planer top surface of said rolling board.

14. The magnetic rolling system of claim 13 wherein said pliable material is a pastry dough.

15. The magnetic rolling system of claim 13 wherein said magnetic rolling board having a form of one selected from the group of a flexible mat or a plate or a rigid board.

16. The magnetic rolling system of claim 13 wherein said magnetic rolling board comprises a flexible magnetic rolling mat having a top and a bottom planar surface when in its natural unrolled flat state, having a plurality of magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded just below its said top planar surface.

17. The magnetic rolling system of claim 13 wherein said magnetic rolling board comprises a rigid magnetic rolling board having a top and a bottom planar surface having a plurality of magnetic or ferromagnetic objects embedded just below its said top planar surface.

18. A method of using a magnetic rolling system for pliable material to a predetermined thickness, said method comprising:

placing a pliable material on a top planer surface of a magnetic rolling board; kneading the pliable material;

removing the pliable material from the magnetic rolling board;

placing at least one rolling pin spacer guides and at least one rolling pin spacer along one or more edges of the top planar surface of the magnetic rolling board;

placing the pliable material back onto the magnetic rolling board; rolling the pliable material with an appropriate sized rolling pin having a cylindrical surface until said cylindrical surface comes in contact with a top planar surface of said at least one spacer whereby the rolling pin is prevented from flattening the pliable material more than needed and resulting in said pliable material have said predetermine thickness; and

cutting said pliable material for a particular application.

19. The method of claim 18 further comprising: before placing said pliable material on said magnetic rolling board, placing a backing sheet over the magnetic rolling board;

removing an excess of said pliable material whereby a shape of a pliable material remains on the magnetic rolling board;

removing said at least one rolling pin spacer and said at least one rolling pin spacer guide;

cutting said backing sheet into backing sheet pieces around said shape of said pliable material; and

moving said pliable material and said backing sheet pieces for a particular application.

Description:
TITLE OF THE INVENTION

MAGNETIC ROLLING SYSTEM FOR PLIABLE MATERIAL

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application claims the benefit of U.S. App. No. 62/138,980, filed on

March, 27, 2015, entitled "Magnetic Pastry Board with Rolling Pin Spacers and Guides"; this application also claims the benefit of U.S. App. No. 62/295,095, filed on February 14, 2016, entitled "Magnetic Rolling Board, Plate, Mat and Rolling Pin Spacers, a Supplement"; and the entire contents each of these applications is incorporated herein by reference.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR

DEVELOPMENT

[0002] Not Applicable.

INCORPORATION-BY-REFERENCE OF MATERIAL SUBMITTED ON A COMPACT

DISC OR AS A TEXT FDLE

[0003] Not Applicable.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Field of the Invention:

[0004] The present magnetic rolling system for pliable material relates generally to the precise shaping of pliable materials, and more particularly to the precise flattening of moldable

materials including but not limited to materials such as modeling clay, craft compounds such as Sculpey ® oven-bake clays from Poly form Products Company of Elk Grove Village, IL, U.S.A., epoxy putty and food materials such as cookie dough, pie crust, cake fondant, and other

confectionary delights.

Description of Related Art:

[0005 J Adjustable pastry boards disclose rolling out the perfect thickness dough, but these are antiquated devices and don't provide the convenience and all the features that the magnetic rolling system for pliable material of the disclosed embodiments provides.

(00061 For instance, US Patent No. 781,239, Pastry Board, uses a fixed adjustable frame that has screws in each of its four corners to raise and lower said frame in order to adjust the height of a rolling pin above the rolling surface of said board.

[0007] US Patent No. 2,818,666, Dough Rolling Means, uses an inner rolling board in conjunction with an outer frame, keys, and interior keyways that allow the frame top edge to be set at several different heights above the surface of said board.

[0008] US Patent No. 2,699,127, Pastry Board, uses two "T" shaped extrusions with each member of said "T" being a different length. These members are each designed to fit into each of two predisposed grooves in said pastry board that are located proximate to and parallel with the two long edges of said board. By rotating the "T" shaped extrusion and placing different members into

said groove, a different height is achieved from the upper most portion of the spacer to the rolling surface of the board.

[0009] FR Patent No. 2,456,479, Rolling Pastry etc. into Sheet of Regular Thickness - with Rolling Pin Bearing on Setting Bars Laid on Pastry Board, uses a pastry board in conjunction with two rectangular shaped extrusions that act as spacers. These spacers are simply laid on top of the pastry board proximate to and parallel with the long edges of said pastry board, relying on gravity and downward forces applied by any rolling pins, in order to stay in place.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0010] The following summary is included only to introduce some concepts discussed in the Detailed Description below. This summary is not comprehensive and is not intended to delineate the scope of protectable subject matter, which is set forth by the claims presented at the end.

[0011] The magnetic rolling system for pliable material overcomes the disadvantages of the prior art by providing a convenient means for achieving both a precise and uniform thickness to rolled materials, and also has the ability to hold parchment paper, a cutting mat, a template pattern, or any other sheet material, firmly in place. The system is also simple to clean.

[0012] The magnetic rolling system for pliable material, also called a magnetic rolling system, generally comprises a magnetic rolling board, one or more rolling pin spacers, and one or more rolling pin spacer guides. The magnetic rolling board comprises a top planar surface, also called the rolling surface, on which pliable material may be rolled out using a rolling pin, while also

having the ability to magnetically attract, or be attracted to, at least two rolling pin spacers, and at least two rolling pin guides. These components obtain their magnetic properties by being made of, or containing within, magnetic or ferromagnetic material, such as but not limited to standard permanent magnets, rare earth permanent magnets, or carbon steel.

[0013] The magnetic rolling board on which pliable material is rolled out, can be produced in many different forms, such as but not limited to; a thin rigid plate made of magnetic or

ferromagnetic material, such as but not limited to 16 gauge sheet metal; a flexible mat made of magnetic, or ferromagnetic material such as but not limited to vehicle graphics magnet sheet, or made of an elastomer such as but not limited to silicon that contains magnetic, or ferromagnetic material; or a solid, or shelled out, thick rigid board made of a material such as but not limited to, magnetic, or ferromagnetic material, or non-magnetic plastic, composite, or wood, which shall have magnetic, or ferromagnetic material, affixed on top, or embedded within.

[0014] The rolling pin spacers on which a rolling pin rolls and keeps the rolling pin's cylindrical surface a predetermined distance above and horizontal to the top planar surface of the magnetic rolling board described herein, can be produced in many different forms, such as but not limited to, rigid spacers made of magnetic, or ferromagnetic material or non-magnetic materials such as plastic, composite, or wood, which shall contain magnetic, or ferromagnetic material, or a flexible spacer made of flexible magnetic, or ferromagnetic material, or made of an elastomer, which shall contain magnetic, or ferromagnetic material.

[0015] The rolling pin spacer guides on which a rolling pin rolls and is kept on track by, keeps said rolling pin's cylindrical surface a predetermined distance above and horizontal to the

planar surface of the magnetic pastry board described herein, and can be produced in many different forms, such as but not limited to, rigid spacer guides made of magnetic, or ferromagnetic material or non-magnetic materials such as plastic, composite, or wood, which shall contain magnetic, or ferromagnetic material, or a flexible rolling pin spacer guide made of flexible magnetic, or ferromagnetic material, or made of an elastomer, which shall contain magnetic, or ferromagnetic material.

[0016] The rolling pin spacers and rolling pin spacer guides are configured to be

magnetically attracted, and removably joined, to each other, and to the planar rolling surface with enough force to securely hold any required sheeting material such as parchment paper, cutting mat, or template, placed between them.

[0017] In order to use the magnetic rolling board, spacers and guides described herein, one can simply knead any pliable material, such as a dough or a compound, on its top planer surface. If kneading a non-food pliable material, a liner should be placed between the magnetic material board, and pliable material, or said magnetic pastry board, should be only used for non-food materials and clearly labeled as such, or thoroughly decontaminated before use with food products. The same protocol should be applied to all rolling pins, rolling pin spacers, and rolling pin spacer guides as well.

[0018] Once the pliable material is ready to be rolled and is removed from the rolling board, an optional template may be placed on top of the rolling surface with its corners tucked into the corner retainers of said pastry board, if applicable. Next an optional cutting mat may be placed over the template and also tucked into said corner retainers. An optional backing sheet may then be

placed over the template or cutting mat, such as but not limited to, parchment paper, wax paper, or freezer wrap, that is large enough to cover any magnetic, or magnetically attracted material pattern on, flush with, or just under, the top planer face of the magnetic rolling board.

[0019] Once any required sheeting material is in place, the required rolling pin spacer guides and rolling pin spacers are placed along the edges of the rolling surface and on top of any sheeting material. If using the rolling pin spacer guides, they are placed first and at least two of these are used, which are positioned along at least two opposite edges of the rolling surface and on top of the pattern of magnets if available, parallel with each other, having their spacer portions positioned on the inside and toward each other, with the vertical guide sections on the outside edge and away from each other, and placed wide enough apart for an appropriately sized rolling pin to easily roll perpendicular to and between the guide portions, and on top of any rolling pin spacers or the spacer portion of said rolling pin spacer guides. If more height is required, additional rolling pin spacers may be stacked on top of the spacer portion of the rolling pin spacer guides until the desired height above the rolling surface is achieved.

[0020] With the required rolling pin spacers and rolling pin spacer guides set in place on top of the rolling surface, the dough, fondant, compound, or the like is placed back on the exposed, or covered, rolling surface and rolled out with an appropriate sized rolling pin. As the material is rolled thinner and thinner, the horizontal rolling pin's cylindrical surface eventually comes in contact with, and rolls on top of, the spacer's top planar surface, thus keeping the roller from flattening the pliable material more than needed, resulting in a precisely rolled product.

[0021] At this point the pliable material may be further cut and or shaped for a particular application. Such as. the pliable material being cut to cookie sheet size, a cookie cutter or knife is used to cut desired shapes, the excess dough is removed leaving the shapes on the rolling surface. The spacers and guides can be removed, the backing sheet may be cut to a manageable size using a sharp blade or scissors, and the backing sheet and processed material may be slid onto an adjacently placed tray for baking, curing, decorating, or any other process.

[0022] In addition the magnetic rolling system for pliable material described herein may incorporate adjustable or fixed non-slip feet on its underside, providing a sturdy and non-slip work surface.

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

[0023] In order that the manner in which the above-recited and other advantages and features of the invention are obtained, a more particular description of the invention briefly described above will be rendered by reference to specific embodiments thereof which are illustrated in the appended drawings. Understanding that these drawings depict only typical embodiments of the invention and are not therefore to be considered to be limiting of its scope, the invention will be described and explained with additional specificity and detail through the use of the accompanying drawings in which:

[0024] FIGS. 1A, IB, 1C are perspective views of several examples of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material in its most basic form, a simple rolling board in the form of a thin plate and rolling pin spacers that are magnetically attracted to said plate, and each other.

[0025] FIGS. 2A, 2B, 2C are perspective views of several examples of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material in a circular form with several types of contoured rolling pin spacers.

[0026] FIGS. 3 A, 3B, 3C, 3D are perspective views of several examples of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material in FIGS. 2A, 2B, 2C, mounted on a base, with rolled out pliable material and rolling pin.

[0027] FIGS. 4A, 4B, 4C are perspective views of several examples of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material in a flexible mat form having magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinders embedded within, and rolling pin spacers.

[0028] FIGS. 5A, 5B are perspective views of several examples of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material in a flexible mat form where the spacers are stacked and placed along a short edge of said flexible mat and rolled up for compact stowage.

[0029] FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material in another embodiment of the magnetic rolling board, and rolling pin spacers.

[0030] FIGS. 7 A, 7B, 7C, 7D, 7E are perspective views of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material whereas some examples of how a magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinder might be embedded in a magnetic rolling board are shown.

[0031 J FIGS. 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, 8E, 8F are perspective views of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material whereas some examples of how a magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinder might be embedded in a rolling pin spacer are shown.

[0032] FIG. 9 A, 9B are perspective views of another embodiment of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material whereas, magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinders are set in magnet reliefs formed into the top planar surface and strategically located throughout a thicker magnetic rolling board. Corner retainers and feet are visible as well.

[0033[ FTG- 10A, 10B are perspective views of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material in yet another embodiment whereas, magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinders are set in magnet reliefs formed into the top planar surface and strategically located throughout a shelled out magnetic rolling board. Corner retainers, structural ribbing, foot bosses, and feet are visible as well.

[0034] FIG. 11 A, 1 IB, 11C are perspective and end views of one embodiment of the rolling pin spacers and rolling pin spacer guides described herein.

[0035] FIGS. 12A, 12B, 12C, 12D, 12E are perspective views of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material whereas a sequence of steps is shown illustrating one way in which a magnetic rolling board and rolling pin spacers, may be used in order to roll out pliable material.

[0036] FIGS. 13A, 13B, 13C, 13D, 13E are perspective views of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material whereas a sequence of steps is shown illustrating another way in which a magnetic rolling board, rolling pin spacers, and rolling pin spacer guides, may be used in order to roll out pliable material.

[0037] FIGS. 14A, 14B is a perspective, cross sectional, and two enlarged sectional views of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material.

[0038] FIG. 15 are perspective views of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material in four embodiments thereof.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0039] Magnetic rolling systems for pliable material and methods of their use will now be described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings. It will be appreciated that the systems and methods disclosed herein have wide applicability. For example, the magnetic rolling system for pliable material and methods of its use may be readily employed with a variety of pliable

materials such as but not limited to modeling clay, craft compounds such as Sculpey ® oven-bake clays from Polyform Products Company of Elk Grove Village, IL, U.S.A., epoxy putty and food materials such as cookie dough, pie crust, cake fondant, and other confectionary delights.

Notwithstanding the specific example embodiments set forth below, all such variations and modifications that would be envisioned by one of ordinary skill in the art are intended to fall within the scope of this disclosure.

[0040J Referring now to the drawings wherein like reference numerals designates corresponding or similar elements throughout the views herein, FIG. 1A is a perspective view of a magnetic rolling board and rolling pin spacer assembly 100 in plate form, comprising of, magnetic rolling board 110 made of material such as but not limited to 16 gauge sheet carbon steel, having a top planar surface 111 and a bottom planar surface 112, and rolling pin spacers 130L whereas the "L" relates to the parallel alignment with the long edges of the rectangular magnetic rolling board 110, and 130S whereas the "S" relates to the parallel alignment with the short edges of said magnetic rolling board 110. Whereas each rolling pin spacer 130L, 130S has a top planar surface 131 and a bottom planar surface 132, and each is long in length but slightly shorter than the edge of the magnetic rolling board of which it sits, narrow in width but usually anywhere from ½" to 1-1/2" wide, but may be narrower or wider as a particular application may require, and thin in thickness similar to the magnetic rolling board 110 in plate form thickness, according to one embodiment of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material. The magnetic rolling board 110 in this embodiment of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material is magnetically attracted to rolling pin spacers

130L, 130S in that the magnetic rolling board 110 is made of a magnetic or ferromagnetic material that has been magnetically charged while having its north pole on the top side 111 and its south pole on the bottom side 112. The rolling pin spacers 130L, 130S in this embodiment of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material are magnetically attracted to said magnetic rolling board 110, in that said rolling pin spacers 130L, 130S are made of a non-magnetized ferromagnetic material as indicated by the alternating sets of opposing arrows. The two rolling pin spacers 130L, 130S in the foreground are elevated above the top planar surface 111 of magnetic rolling board 110 for ease of distinguishing the different magnetic and non-magnetic properties between them. The two rolling pin spacers 130L, 130S in the background are shown as magnetically attached to the top planar surface 111 of magnetic rolling board 110 in order to illustrate placement of said rolling pin spacers 130L, 130S as proximate and parallel to the edge of the magnetic rolling board 110. However, this configuration would also work if the poles of the magnetic rolling board 110 were reversed with the north pole facing downward and the south pole facing upward. The magnetic rolling board 110 can also be coated or laminated, in part or whole, with paint, epoxy, laminate, or any other material a particular application may require.

[0041 J Referring to FIG. IB, in order to demonstrate that the scope of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material does not dictate any particular orientation or combination of magnetically attracted components, a perspective view of the magnetic rolling board 110, and rolling pin spacer 130L, 130S assembly 100, described herein, is shown in this example with the magnetic properties reversed from Fig. 1A, whereas said rolling pin spacers 130L, 130S are made of a magnetic or

magnetized ferromagnetic material with their north poles facing downward, and the magnetic rolling board 110 is made of a non-magnetized ferromagnetic material. The magnetic rolling pin spacers 130L, 130S will function the same if they are flipped over with the north poles facing upward, as both sides of said spacers will attract non-magnetized ferromagnetic material.

[0042] Referring to FIG. 1C, in order to further demonstrate that the scope of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material does not dictate any particular orientation or combination of magnetically attracted components, a perspective view of the magnetic rolling board 110, and rolling pin spacer 130L, 130S assembly 100, described herein, is shown in this example whereas both the magnetic rolling board 110 and rolling pin spacers 130L, 130S are made of a magnetic or magnetized material with their north poles facing upward, but will also function with said magnetic rolling board 110 and rolling pin spacers 130L, 130S inverted provided all poles are facing the same direction.

10043] Referring to FIG. 2A, whereas most of the other magnetic rolling boards discussed herein have perimeters, or footprints, that are rectangular, any shape, such as but not limited to, a square, circle or oval, may be incorporated into this, or any other embodiment of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, as a particular application may require. In this embodiment 200 of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, while the magnetic or ferromagnetic rolling pin spacers 230 which are thin, such as but not limited to 16 gauge sheet carbon steel, and are shaped to follow the contour of and having an outer perimeter equal to or slightly smaller than the perimeter of

the said magnetic or ferromagnetic rolling board's 210 outer edge while usually being anywhere from ½" to 1-1/2" wide, but may be narrower or wider as a particular application may require, and in this example each covers 25 percent of the magnetic or ferromagnetic rolling board's 210 circumference, but may each cover other percentages of the magnetic or ferromagnetic rolling board's 210 circumference with the same or different quantities of magnetic or ferromagnetic rolling pin spacers 230. However, any type, shape, size, or quantity, of magnetic or ferromagnetic rolling pin spacers 230 may be used as a particular application may require for this and any other embodiment of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material.

[0044] Referring to FIG. 2B, a single circular rolling pin spacer 240 which is thin, such as but not limited to 16 gauge sheet carbon steel, and is shaped to follow the contour of and having an outer perimeter equal to or slightly smaller than the perimeter of the said magnetic or ferromagnetic rolling board's 210 outer edge while usually being anywhere from ½" to 1.5" wide, but may be narrower or wider as a particular application may require, might be used and positioned concentric with the magnetic or ferromagnetic rolling board 210, in place of, or in addition to, the multi section rolling pin spacers 230.

[0045] Referring to FIG. 2C, whereas a single rolling pin spacer 250 is thicker than rolling pin spacers 230, 240 being anywhere from 1/8" to 1/2" thick, but may be thicker or thinner as a particular application may require, but should be thick enough to contain magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 220 set within reliefs 253, as not to protrude from its surface and illustrates how said

spacer 250 can be magnetically attracted and attached to, and be used with, the magnetic rolling board 210. While rolling pin spacer 250 is a single all-inclusive circular spacer, a sectional version could be produced similar to rolling pin spacers 230 as well. While the magnetic, or ferromagnetic inserts and reliefs are cylindrical in shape herein, they may be of any shape, size, or type, a particular application, or embodiment, of the magnetic rolling system may require for this and any other rolling pin spacer or rolling pin spacer guide disclosed herein.

[0046] Referring to FIG. 3A, whereas in this embodiment 300 of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, the magnetic or ferromagnetic rolling board 310 is thin, such as but not limited to 16 gauge sheet carbon steel, and circular in shape, is shown above a circular base 360 having a circular and planar relief 369 formed in its top planar face designed to accommodate said rolling board 310.

[0047J Referring to FIG. 3B, whereas said thin circular magnetic, or ferromagnetic rolling board 310 is inset into relief 369 formed in said circular base 360. Said rolling board 310 and base 360 may be joined together by any means a particular application may require. The circular rolling board 310 and base 360 assembly would now be considered magnetic rolling board 370.

[0048] Referring to FIG. 3C whereas curved 330 and circular 340 rolling pin spacers would be used with the circular rolling board 370, wherein this example a single circular rolling pin spacer 340 is placed concentric with, and on the top planar surface 371 of said rolling board 370, while

subsequent sectional rolling pin spacers 330 are stacked on top of said circular spacer 340, in order to create a larger gap between the rolling surface 371 and the top planar surface 331 of the rolling pin spacer 330. The rolling board top planar surface 371 and rolling pin spacers 330, 340 are all magnetically attracted to each other by any means discussed herein.

[0049] Referring to FIG. 3D whereas pliable material 940, such as but not limited to pastry fondant or clay, is placed centrally on the planar rolling surface 371 of magnetic rolling board 370, and is rolled out using a long thin fondant roller 910. The magnetic or ferromagnetic rolling pin spacers 330, 340 keep said fondant roller's 910 cylindrical surface 911 parallel to, and a specific distance above, the planar rolling surface 371 of the magnetic rolling board 370, the fondant roller 910 is rolled back and forth over the pliable material 940 and rolling pin spacers 330, 340, in turn flattening the rolled material 940 to the same thickness as the total thickness of stacked rolling pin spacers 330, 340.

[0050] Referring to FIG. 4A whereas this embodiment 400 of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material includes a flexible magnetic rolling mat 410, made of at least one type elastomer or polymer, with magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinders 420, strategically located throughout the flexible magnetic rolling mat 410 in order to align with the magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 420 strategically located throughout the rolling pin spacers 440L, 440S, 450L, 450S. The flexible magnetic rolling mat 410 is typically anywhere from 1/4" to 1/2" thick but may be any thickness a particular application may require, while its largest horizontal dimension is 24" or less, but may be

larger as a particular application may require, The magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinders 420 are small enough to be housed within the flexible magnetic pastry mat 410 and rolling pin spacers 440L, 440 S, 450L, 450S, but may be of different sizes based on the thickness of the components in which they reside. The thin rolling pin spacers 430L, 430S, are made of a magnetic or ferromagnetic material, such as but not limited to 16 gauge sheet carbon steel, and do not need magnets imbedded within. In this example, there are three different thicknesses of rolling pin spacers; 1/16" 430L and 430S, 1/8" 440L and 440S, and 1/4" 450L and 450S. However, any thickness and quantity of rolling pin spacers may be used. The rolling pin spacers 430L, 430S, 440L, 440S, 450L, 450S, are long in length but slightly shorter than the edge proximate of the magnetic rolling mat of which it sits, and narrow in width usually anywhere from ½" to 1-1/2" wide, but may be narrower or wider as a particular application may require,

[0051] Referring to FIG. 4B whereas the 1/4" rolling pin spacers 450L and 450S have been laid down and magnetically attached. These particular rolling pin spacers 450L and 450S have magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 420 strategically located throughout, which are attracted to, and coaxially align with, the magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinders 420 strategically located throughout the flexible magnetic rolling mat 410 which cause the rolling pin spacers 450L and 450S to snap into place. However, in this example, the normally long "L" rolling pin spacers that have been shown to run along the length of the magnetic pastry boards in other embodiments of the magnetic rolling system, have been cut into two sections for ease of stowage.

[0052] Referring to FIG. 4C whereas, the 1/16" rolling pin spacers 430L, 430S are laid down on top of the 1/4" spacers 450L, 450S. These particular rolling pin spacers 430L, 430S are made of magnetic or ferromagnetic material, which are attracted to, but do not automatically align with the magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 420 strategically located throughout the rolling pin spacers 450L, 450S and must be manually aligned. This now brings the total height of the spacers 430L, 430S, 450L, 450S magnetically attached to the flexible magnetic rolling mat 410, to 5/16".

[0053] Referring to FIG. 5A whereas, now that the typically long "L" rolling pin spacers shown in other embodiments described herein are shorter, these shorter long edge rolling pin spacers 430L, 440L, 450L can now be stacked up along a short edge of the flexible magnetic pastry mat 410 without hanging off the edges.

[0054] Referring to FIG. 5B whereas, now that all the rolling pin spacers 430L, 430S, 440L, 440S, 450L, 450S, have been placed along a short edge of the flexible magnetic pastry mat 410, they can all be rolled up into a convenient self-contained package 400. Additional magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinders 420 can be embedded into the loose end of the rolled up mat 410, and elsewhere within, in order to keep it magnetically secured to itself and help prevent unintentional unrolling. The flexible magnetic rolling mat 410 can be molded with said cylinders 420 completely encased within, or a cavity 413 and small access hole 418 can be formed into the flexible magnetic rolling mat 410 so that the magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 420 can be removably inserted after the flexible magnetic rolling mat 410 is molded, as shown in the enlarged sectional view 1, or ESV1.

While the magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 420 and reliefs are cylindrical in shape herein, they may be of any shape, size, or type, a particular application may require for any embodiment of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material. Alternately, the flexible magnetic pastry mat 410 could be made of a thin magnetic flexible sheet material, such as but not limited to, vehicle or refrigerator graphics magnets. This would eliminate the need to embed magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinders 420 into the flexible magnetic rolling mat 410.

[0055J Referring to FIG. 6 whereas, in this embodiment 500 of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, additional methods of creating a magnetic attraction between the magnetic rolling board 510 where the magnetic rolling board 510 is typically anywhere from ½" to 2" thick but may be any thickness a particular application may require, while its largest horizontal dimension is 24" or less, but may be larger as a particular application may require, which is made of a rigid material such as but not limited to plastic, wood, or composite, and rolling pin spacers 530L, 530S, 540L, 540S, 550L, 550S, which are made of a rigid material such as but not limited to plastic, wood, or composite, are shown whereas at least one portion, of each component is magnetically charged or attracted to the other. In this example, a number of cylindrical reliefs 513, but may be of any shape a particular application may require, are formed from the bottom planar surface 512 of said rolling board 510, to just below its top planar surface 511, which is typically between 1/32" to 1/8" from the top planar surface 511, but may be any distance a particular application may require, where cylindrical magnets 520 are inserted up through to the top of said reliefs 513, and bonded or mechanically held in place, and may be additionally or alternately backfilled with any suitable

material. The cylindrical reliefs 513 and magnets 520 that would not be visible are represented by thin dashed lines.

[0056] These cylindrical magnets 520 are further designated with north and south poles indicated by the letters "N" and "S" respectively and where practical, including magnetism flow directional arrows, while non-magnetized ferromagnetic material is represented by alternating sets of opposing arrows. Once in place, the cylindrical magnet's 520 magnetic field, N or S, is able to penetrate the thin layer of material at the top planar surface 511 of said rolling board 510 and attract any other magnetic or ferromagnetic material placed on top of said planar surface 511. This image also illustrates that all the cylindrical magnets 520 do not need to be facing the same direction. For example, the long rolling pin spacers 540L, 5 SOL each have two cylindrical magnets 520 orientated opposite the remaining two magnets 520. This might be useful when proper orientation of rolling pin spacers 540L, 550L is an issue, where for instance, there could be a lip overhand along an outer edge of a spacer to aid in lifting it off a pastry board. While the cylindrical magnets 520 are shown in opposing orientations, they could all be facing the same direction, as another application may require. Another option not shown, would be for any of the cylindrical magnets 520 to be replaced with a non-magnetized ferromagnetic cylinder that would be attracted to the magnets in a mating component. This would be helpful in reducing the number of magnets 520 required, however these less costly non-magnetized ferromagnetic cylinders would not be able to attract the non-magnetized ferromagnetic rolling pin spacers 530L, 530S. While this image depicts two different thickness between rolling pin spacers 530S, 540L magnetically attached to the top planar surface 511 of said

rolling board 510 in order to demonstrate magnetic relationships between the components, typically, each layer of rolling pin spacers would be of the same thickness. The only strict rule is that, all magnets and magnetized ferromagnetic components herein designed to be magnetically attracted to each other, must have their poles orientated in the same direction for this and any other embodiment of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, with the exception of flexible magnetic sheeting for vehicle graphics, and the like, which has rows of alternating magnetic field orientations dispersed within.

[0057] Referring to FIGS. 7A-7E whereas, in this embodiment 500 of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, cross sectional views show just some examples of the many possible ways a magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 might be located within a sample section of a rolling board 510. However any method may be used in order to embed said cylinders 520 within said rolling board section 510 and any other embodiment of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material as a particular application may require.

[0058] Referring to FIG. 7A whereas a magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 could be overmolded into, or set into a relief 513 formed into, the top planar surface 511 of rolling board section 510. This configuration would provide the strongest magnetic attraction option, however, the magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 would be exposed to the elements and wear. In addition, any exposed magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 520 may, or may not, be seen as

esthetically pleasing. Alternately, the outer surfaces 511, 521 could be coated with a paint, varnish, polymer, epoxy, or any other coating or coatings a particular application may require.

[0059] Referring to FIG. 7B whereas the top planar surface 521 of magnetic, or

ferromagnetic cylinder 520 and rolling board section 510A top planar surface 511 A could be covered with at least one laminate sheet 510B made of any material or materials, thickness, and durometer a particular application may require, where they would be bonded, or mechanically fastened, together.

[0060] Referring to FIG. 7C whereas rolling board section 510 could be made of at least one lower section 51 OA and at least one upper section 510B, with at least one relief formed into the underside of the upper section 510B, which is typically between 1/32" to 1/8" from the top planar surface 511, into which a magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 can be placed, and bonded if need be. At least two sections 51 OA, 510B of the rolling board 510 are then bonded, or mechanically fastened, together.

[0061] Referring to FIG. 7D whereas at least one cylindrical relief 513 is formed from the bottom surface 512 of the rolling board section 510 to just below its top planar surface 511, which is typically between 1/32" to 1/8" from the top planar surface 51 1, but may be any distance a particular application may require, where a magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 is inserted up to the top of

this relief 513 and bonded, or mechanically fastened in place, and may be additionally, or alternately, backfilled with any suitable material IOC.

[0062] Referring to FIG. 7E whereas, in this embodiment of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, at least one magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 could be molded into rolling board section 510 near its top planar surface 511, which is typically between 1/32" to 1/8" from the top planar surface 511, but may be any distance a particular application may require.

[0063] Referring to FIGS. 8A-8F whereas, in this embodiment 500 of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, cross sectional views show just some examples of the many possible ways a magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 might be located within a sample section of a rolling pin spacer 550, or any other rolling pin spacers and rolling pin spacer guides. However any method may be used in order to embed any type, size or shape magnetic or ferromagnetic component within any applicable type, size, or shape rolling pin spacer or rolling pin spacer guide, and any other embodiment of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material as a particular application may require.

[0064] Referring to FIG. 8A whereas at least one magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 could be overmolded into, or set into at least one relief 553 formed into, the top planar surface 551 of rolling pin spacer section 550. This configuration would provide the strongest magnetic attraction option, however, the magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 would be exposed to the elements and

wear. In addition, the exposed magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 may, or may not, be seen as esthetically pleasing. Alternately, the outer surfaces 551, 521 could be coated with a paint, varnish, polymer, epoxy, or any other coating, or coatings, a particular application may require.

[0065] Referring to FIG. 8B whereas the top planar surfaces 521, 551 A of a magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 and rolling pin spacer section 550A could be covered with at least one laminate sheet section 550B made of any, material or materials, thickness, and durometer a particular application may require.

[0066] Referring to FIG. 8C whereas the top and bottom planar surfaces 521, 522, 551 A, 552A of magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinder 520, and rolling pin spacer section 550, could be covered with at least one laminate sheet section 550B on top 551 A, 521 surfaces and bottom 552A, 522 surfaces, and made of any material, or materials, thickness, and durometer a particular application may require. Or all outer surfaces could alternately be coated with a paint, varnish, polymer, epoxy, or any other coating, or coatings, a particular application may require, or may have no laminate or coating at all and be exposed on both top 551 A, 521 and bottom 552A, 522 surfaces. In this example, the rolling pin spacer 550A, or core, would have reliefs completely through from top to bottom for the magnetic, or ferromagnetic, cylinder to be bonded, or otherwise held permanently, within.

(0067] Referring to FIG. 8D whereas a rolling pin spacer 550 could be made of at least one lower section 550A and at least one upper section 550B, with a relief 553 formed into at least one mating surface, which is typically between 1/32" to 1/8" from the planar surfaces 551B, 551 A but may be any distance a particular application may require, coaxial in alignment when formed in both mating surfaces, and into which a magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 can be set. At least two sections 550A, 550B of the rolling pin spacer 550 are then bonded, or mechanically fastened, together.

[0068] Referring to FIG. 8E whereas a cylindrical relief 553 is formed from the bottom planar surface 552 of the rolling pin spacer section to just below its top planar surface 5 1, which is typically between 1/32" to 1/8" from the planar surfaces 55 IB, 551 A but may be any distance a particular application may require, where a magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 is inserted up to the top of this relief 553 and bonded, or mechanically fastened in place, and may be additionally, or alternately backfilled, with any suitable material 550C.

[0069] Referring to FIG. 8F whereas a magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinder 520 could be molded into a rolling pin spacer 550, centrally between its top 551 and bottom 552 planar surfaces.

[0070] Referring to FIG. 9A whereas, in this embodiment 500 of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, the magnetic rolling board 510 which is typically anywhere from ½" to 2" thick but may be any thickness a particular application may require, while its largest horizontal dimension

is 24" or less, but may be larger as a particular application may require, which is made of a rigid material such as but not limited to plastic, wood, or composite, an optional means for securely holding any sheet templates or board protectors in place at, at least two opposing corners 419 of the magnetic rolling board 510, in the form of corner retainers 514 which could be made of a rigid material, such as but not limited to, brass, or plastic. These corner retainers 514 could be held in place mechanically by any means such as but not limited to brads or screws, or bonded thermally or chemically, whereas both vertical members 514 A of corner retainers 514 are joined to the intersecting edges of the magnetic rolling board 510, and the horizontal portion 14B of retainer 514 is raised slightly above the planar surface 511 of magnetic rolling board 510, just enough for several sheets of material to easily fit between the planar surface 511 of magnetic rolling board 510, and the horizontal portion 514B of retainer 514.

[0071] Referring to FIG. 9B whereas, a lower perspective view of the magnetic rolling board 510 described herein affords a clear view of the fixed or adjustable non-skid feet 517 which may be of any materials, shape, and size, are set into, screw into, or bonded to, the lower planar face 512 of the magnetic rolling board 510.

[0072] Referring to FIG. 10A whereas, in this embodiment 600 of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, a perspective view of the magnetic rolling board 610 is shown which is typically anywhere from ½" to 2" thick but may be any thickness a particular application may require, while its largest horizontal dimension is 24" or less, but may be larger as a particular

application may require, which is made of a rigid material such as but not limited to plastic, metal, or composite, with an enlarged sectional view ESV2. In this perspective view, the top planer surface 611, magnet reliefs 613, magnets 620, and optional sheet corner retainers 614 are visible. Unlike the corner retainers 514 that were included as separate components and were assembled to the magnetic rolling board 510 in FIGS. 9 A, 9B, the corner retainers 614 in this configuration, are formed as integral features of the magnetic rolling board 610.

(0073] Referring to FIG. 10B whereas a lower perspective view of the magnetic rolling board 610 and it's shelled out underside 612 described herein is shown with an enlarged sectional view ESV3. ESV3 depicts an optional fixed or adjustable non-skid foot 17, and optional foot boss 616 that optional fixed or adjustable non-skid foot 617 screws, or is otherwise permanently set into, in addition to structural ribbing 615 and magnet reliefs 613. If using an adjustable threaded foot 617, said boss 616 may be threaded, or a threaded insert may be installed at any appropriate point during, or after the fabrication process. Any number or type of feet may be incorporated into the design, or the foot bosses 616, and optional fixed or adjustable non-skid feet 617 could be eliminated and said magnetic rolling board 610 could rest on its outer wall's bottom edges. The structural ribbing pattern 615 shown is an example only and may be of any configuration a particular application may require. While the magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 620 are inserted into magnet wells 613 through the top planar surface 611 of the magnetic rolling board 610, magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 620 could alternately be inserted into magnet wells from the shelled out

bottom side 612, similar to the magnet wells on the shelled out bottom side 632, 642, 652 of rolling pin spacers 630S, 640S and rolling pin spacer guide 650S shown in FIG. 1 IB.

[0074] Referring to FIG. 11 A whereas a perspective view of the three shorter rolling pin spacers 630S, 640S and rolling pin spacer guide 650S are shown. The components in this figure are as follows from left to right; the 1/16" thick short rolling pin spacer 630S, the 1/8" thick short rolling pin spacer 640S, and the 1/8" thick short rolling pin spacer guide 650S, however the thickness of these rolling pin spacers and guide are an example only and may be of any thickness a particular application may require. The features viewable in this view are the top planar surfaces 631, 641, 651, the edge lip 648, the rolling pin spacer guide 656, guide inner face 656A, and guide inner face radius 656B. The short spacers 630S, 640S and guide 650S are shown in this example for ease of viewing, while the longer rolling pin spacer guides 630L, 640L, 650L are identical except for their longer length, and a greater quantity of magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 620, when said cylinders 620 are incorporated into the design. However, any type, shape, size, or quantity, of spacers and guides may be used as a particular application may require for this and any other embodiment of the present invention.

[0075] Referring to FIG. 1 IB whereas a lower perspective view of the three shorter rolling pin spacers 630S, 640S and rolling pin spacer guide 650S are shown. The components in this figure are as follows from left to right; the 1/16" thick short rolling pin spacer 63 OS, the 1/8" thick short rolling pin spacer 640S, and the 1/8" thick short rolling pin spacer guide 650S. The features

viewable in this view of the rolling pin spacers 630S, 640S and rolling pin spacer guide 650S are, the shelled out undersides 632, 642, 652, the structural ribbing 635, 645, 655, the magnet wells 633, 643, 653, the magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 620, and the edge lip 648. The structural ribbing pattern 635, 645, 655 shown is an example only and may be of any configuration a particular application may require. While the magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 620 are inserted through the bottom of the rolling pin spacers 630S, 640S and rolling pin spacer guide 650S shown herein, the magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 620 could alternately be inserted into magnet wells through the top planar surfaces 631, 641, 651, similar to the magnet wells 613 on the top planar surface 611 of the magnetic rolling board 610 in FIGS 10A, 10B.

[0076] Referring to FIG. 11C whereas an end plan view of the three shorter rolling pin spacers 630S, 640S and rolling pin spacer guide 650S are shown. The components in this figure are as follows from left to right; the 1/16" thick short rolling pin spacer 630S, the 1/8" thick short rolling pin spacer 640S, and the 1/8" thick short rolling pin spacer guide 650S. The features shown in this view are the top planar surfaces 631, 641, 651, edge lip 648, rolling pin guide 656, rolling pin guide inner face 656A, rolling pin guide inner face radius 656B, and rolling pin guide outer face 656C.

[0077J Referring to FIGS. 12A - 12E whereas, in this embodiment 600 of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, a series of images are shown in order to illustrate how to roll out pliable materials such as cookie dough, pie crust, and fondant, as well as, modeling clay, craft compounds, and epoxy putty, using the magnetic rolling board 610 which is typically anywhere from

½" to 2" thick but may be any thickness a particular application may require, while its largest horizontal dimension is 24" or less, but may be larger as a particular application may require, and rolling pin spacers 630L, 630S described herein.

[0078] Referring to FIG. 12A whereas typical components which are used in order to precisely roll out and transfer said pliable materials are shown. These components include magnetic rolling board 610, with magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 620, set into reliefs 613, rolling pin spacers 630L, 630S, 640L, 640S, rolling pin spacer guides 650L, 650S, circular template 660, cutting mat 680, parchment paper 930. Any of the components discussed herein are optional and each may be used, or not used, with magnetic rolling board 610 as a particular application may require.

[0079] Referring to FIG. 12B whereas the circular template 660 has been placed on the top planer surface 611 of the magnetic rolling board 610, with its corners 665 tucked into the openings 618 of corner retainers 614. The circular template 660 can be used on a magnetic rolling board that does not have corner retainers as well. This is because any magnetically attracted rolling pin spacers or guides will help to hold any sheet material in place that is placed between the rolling pin spacers or guides, and the magnetic rolling board 610. ESV4 shows a more detailed view of a circular template 660 corner 665 tucked into opening 618 of the corner retainer 614.

[0080] Referring to FIG. 12C whereas the cutting mat 680 has been placed on the top planer surface 661 of circular template 660, with its corners 685 also tucked into the openings 618 of corner retainers 614. The cutting mat 680 can be used on a magnetic rolling board that does not have corner retainers as well. This is because any magnetically attracted rolling pin spacers or guides will help to hold any sheet material in place that is placed between said rolling pin spacers or rolling pin guides, and the magnetic rolling board 610.

[0081] Referring to FIG. 12D whereas the backing sheet, or parchment paper, 930 has been placed on top of the cutting mat 680 with its edges overlapping the magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinders 620 which are imbedded into the surface 611 of the magnetic rolling board 610.

[0082] Referring to FIG. 12E whereas the thin rolling pin spacers 630L, 630S have been placed on top of rolling board 610 and manually centered along the magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinders 620 pattern while having any required sheeting material sandwiched between them. At this point pliable material 940, is then rolled out precisely to a 1/16" thickness using fondant roller 910, or the like. Any type, shape, size, or quantity, of spacers may be used as a particular application may require for this and any other embodiment of the present invention.

[0083] Referring to FIGS. 13 A - 13E whereas, in this embodiment 600 of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, a series of images are shown in order to illustrate how to roll out pliable material such as cookie dough, modeling clay, or any other pliable material 950 using the

magnetic rolling board 610 which is typically anywhere from ½" to 2" thick but may be any thickness a particular application may require, while its largest horizontal dimension is 24" or less, but may be larger as a particular application may require, and rolling pin spacers 630L, 630S, and rolling pin guides 650L, 650S, described herein.

[0084] Referring to FIG. 13A whereas typical components which are used in order to precisely roll out said pliable material 950, are shown. These components include magnetic rolling board 610, with magnetic, or ferromagnetic cylinders 620 set into reliefs 613, rolling pin spacers 630L, 630S, 640L, 640S, rolling pin spacer guides 650L, 650S, cookie sheet template 670, cutting mat 680, parchment or other backing paper 930. Any of the components discussed herein are optional and each one may be used, or not used, with said rolling board 610, as a particular application may require. In this view, all the sheet material has already been set in place on the top planar surface 611 of said rolling board 610.

[0085] Referring to FIG. 13B whereas the 1/8" rolling pin spacer guides 650L, 650S have been placed on top of the sheet material 670, 680, 930, and magnetic rolling board 610. Rolling pin spacer guides 650L, 650S are automatically aligned along the magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinder 620 pattern, causing magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinders 620 disposed within the rolling pin spacer guides 650L, 650 S to align coaxially with their respective magnetic or ferromagnetic cylinder 620 mates embedded within magnetic rolling board 610, while having any required sheeting material firmly sandwiched between them. The 1/16" magnetic or ferromagnetic spacers 630L, 630S are laid

on top of the top planar surface of the rolling pin spacer guides 650L, 650S which are magnetically attracted to each other, thus making their total thickness 3/16". Pliable material 950, is centrally placed on the top planar surface 931 of parchment paper 930, and rolled out precisely to 3/16" using a standard roller 920, or the like. Because the rolling pin spacer guides 650L, 650S are used in this embodiment of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, the rolling pin spacer guides 650L, 650S are able to keep the rolling pin 920 on track without slipping off the stacked rolling pin spacers 630L, 630S, provided the rolling pin's cylindrical rolling portion is kept between, and perpendicular to, the rolling pin guides 656, and parallel with the top planar surface 611, of the magnetic rolling board 610.

[0086] Additional rolling pin spacers 640 may be placed on top of rolling pin spacers 630 and rolling pin spacer guides 650 that are already on the rolling board 610, in order to roll out thicker pliable material. Any type, shape, size, or quantity, of spacers may be used as a particular application may require for this and any other embodiment of the present invention.

[0087] Referring to FIG. 13C whereas, the pliable material 950 has been rolled out to the desired thickness, it can be trimmed to an appropriate cookie sheet size based on the cookie sheet template 670 on which it sits.

[0088] Referring to FIG. 13D whereas, the pliable material 950 has been cut to the desired shapes and the excess material is removed, the short edge spacers 630S and spacer guides 650S, may

be removed, and the parchment or other backing paper 930 may be trimmed with a sharp knife 970, or scissors.

[0089| Referring to FIG. 13E whereas, once the parchment or other backing paper 930 is trimmed, it can easily be slid onto an adjacent cookie sheet, without distorting any delicate cut out shapes 958.

[0090] Referring to FIG. 14A whereas, in this embodiment 600 of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material, the magnetic rolling board 610 is set up with all rolling pin spacers 630S, 630L, 640S, 640L and rolling pin spacer guides 650S, 650L, for a total height of 7/16" from the top planar surface of the topmost sheet material, to the top planar surface of the top rolling pin spacer in each stack. Using this configuration, a 7/16" piece of pliable material is rolled out to a precise thickness. ESV5 shows a close-up and detailed view of the far corner of the current embodiment 600 of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material.

[0091] Referring to FIG. 14B whereas, a cross-sectional view A- A of the magnetic rolling system assembly 600 in FIG. 14A is shown, as well as enlarged sectional view ESV6. View A-A illustrates how a rolling pin 920 would roll along the top planar surface 641 of the top rolling pin spacer 640L in order to roll out pliable material 960 to a precise 7/16" thickness. ESV6 shows an enlarged sectional view of the left side of said cross sectional view A-A, whereas magnetic rolling board 610 comprises an outer shell 610A, structural ribbing 615, foot boss 616, non-skid adjustable

or fixed foot 617, magnet relief 613, corner retainer 614, corner retainer opening 618. Stacked on the top planar surface 611 are sheets 670, 680, and 930, whereas the rolling pin spacer guides 650L, 650S are placed on top of the sheet material, and rolling pin spacers 630L, 630S, 640S, 640L are stacked on rolling pin spacer guides 650L, 650S. Because of the magnetic attraction between any magnetic and ferromagnetic cylinders 620, all components automatically snap together because the magnetic and ferromagnetic cylinders 620 automatically align coaxially. Any type, shape, size, or quantity, of spacers may be used as a particular application may require for this, and any other embodiment of the present invention.

[0092] Referring to FIG. 15 whereas four of the six embodiments disclosed herein of the magnetic rolling system for pliable material are shown which best exemplify its full scope. The most basic embodiment 100 of the described embodiment consists of a simple magnetic and

ferromagnetic plate and spacers. Embodiment 300 of the described embodiment consists of a circular magnetic rolling board having circular and curved rolling pin spacers placed inside its perimeter, where pliable material is shown rolled out with a standard fondant rolling pin.

Embodiment 400 of the described embodiment comprises a flexible rectangular magnetic pastry mat and rolling pin spacers, where said rolling mat is rolled up with its magnetic rolling pin spacers inside when not in use. Embodiment 600 of the described embodiment which comprises a rigid rectangular magnetic rolling board with rolling pin spacers and rolling pin guides is shown, whereas pliable material is rolled out with a standard rolling pin.

[0093] Although this invention has been described in the above forms with a certain degree of particularity, it is understood that the foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention which is defined in the claims and their equivalents.