Salt and pepper grinders

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Project by hairy posted 11-18-2014 03:32 PM 1519 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

By request. One of my Drs. asked how I like retirement and what I was doing. I just happened to have a few pics on my iphone. He’s also getting a starter kit of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and red,green,black and white pepper corns.He’ll be working on me soon, I want him in a good mood.

Maple and mahogany. 9” x 2 & 1/2” . Watco Danish oil and spray poly. Crush Grind ceramic mill.

Round the blank between centers, make a tenon for the chuck. Put blank in chuck and drill out the bottom, 3 different sizes. I like to use a steady when drilling.

I mark the diameter at 1/4 and 1/2 increments to make the taper. Then use a parting tool to set the diameters.I use a skew to make the taper.Turn a half bead, I want the join to be flat when the 2 parts are together.

Check with a straight edge. I didn’t take a pic of the mahogany bottom, this is the maple top. Hey, it happens!

Part it off. The drill marks the center for the top.

I put a tenon on the top section to hold the mechanism. I think it keeps the alignment of the 2 sections better.Repeat the above process,drill for the mechanism, taper, etc. I drill a 1/4” hole for the shaft.

I put the bottom back on, and use a cone to hold the 2 sections together and clean everything up to make a good fit.

Reverse mount the top. I use a piece of leather in the chuck to hold the tenon. There is a center mark on the end from rough turning between centers to line up the tailstock end. Clean up the top and sand.

I tape the openings for finish and epoxying the mechanism. I don’t want them on the inside.

There’s lots of ways to do it. This is how I did these. Next time might be different.

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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#1 posted 11-18-2014 06:47 PM

I like these a lot Hairy. It is refreshing to see them with without the traditional design.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 11-18-2014 08:27 PM

Very good how-to hairy. I have a dozen pairs of salt n pepper grinders waiting for Santa to turn them… lol. Very nicely done. OH, and I really like your steady rest as well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 11-18-2014 08:31 PM

Those are great. Thank you for all the details.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 11-18-2014 08:37 PM

Hey Hairy

They look great.
I have never turned mahogany before, does it turn pretty good?

Also on the steady rest is it pretty easy to make and do you have any plans?

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#5 posted 11-18-2014 09:18 PM

Thank you all!

Arlin, mahogany is wonderful!

I don’t have plans, here it is. I’ll draw something if you want me to, but it really is built to fit the lathe. Yours is probably different than mine, but it’s just an adjustment to make it work for you.

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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#6 posted 11-18-2014 11:41 PM

Mmmm a little S&P on my Hairy wooden hamburger patty, please! Bravo, Sir!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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