THIS THAT AND THEN, simple quick idea

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Project by bushmaster posted 12-01-2017 02:48 AM 1511 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished what |I had been working on for the last few day and was wondering what I could do quick like. Then the light bulb turned on and an idea started to surface. We had used these salt shakers for years and years, when empty we would refill them through the pour hole. They are great in the kitchen, but I thought they where ugly. So why not cut the top off one, and save the plastic part and lathe a nice wood one.
Well the first one I made out of quilted maple, scrap the someone gave me, Had it all done and decided to lathe the bottom so it would sit nicely, tool caught and wrecked the top. The wood was very thin there, the moral of the story, is lathe the bottom first, them do the hollowing etc. last. My wife still didn’t like it as she thought the white top didn’t look that good with the wood. Solved that with some black spray lacquer. She is happy, I am happy.
It only takes an hour to do the conversion, 2 hours with the goof up. So now what else could I do, Why not some more lathe work and make chips fly. freedom no measurements, just have fun. I had this big piece of birch that I saved years ago. Cut a circle and mounted it on the lathe.

Then It was supper time, at least I know what I will be doing tomorrow.

So anyway if you don’t know what to do next, make a salt shaker better. Thanks for looking and have a great day. I always like to hear your comments.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 12-01-2017 04:18 AM

Now that’s a real turn of events on the old shaker Brian….

Lot to extra work but the end result looks good….

Keeps one busy in the cold north; while we have low to mid 30’s DEG”C” here today…

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#2 posted 12-01-2017 04:40 AM

Bushmaster you been making some nice projects but you better use that there snow shovel and clean up some saw dust. ;-]

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#3 posted 12-01-2017 05:00 AM

Greta work. That is what everybody need to make with plastic packing.

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#4 posted 12-01-2017 05:31 AM

I like that idea.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 12-01-2017 04:04 PM

Your new shaker looks great Brian, much nicer than the old one!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 12-01-2017 05:54 PM

Your usual; different idea and done well too!

Now what???

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#7 posted 12-01-2017 08:37 PM

nice one Brian :)

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#8 posted 12-02-2017 12:30 AM

That is a sweet idea! Well done Brian!

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#9 posted 12-04-2017 01:56 AM

Nice improvement, Brian!!

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