Salt Grinder

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Project by sapwood posted 01-22-2020 05:16 PM 478 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got around to making a matching Salt Grinder to compliment the pepper mill that I had made ~ 5yrs ago. I really like the design and was just waiting for the right wood (and time to make it). This is from a Red Gum Burl (from West-Penn Hardwoods) and Maple segments. Overall ~12” tall and 2.75” diameter at widest. I thought about inlaying the inclusions with either turquoise or copper powder, but decided that would be too much going on and I liked the voids as is. (The earlier pepper mill was Maple Burl shown here with latest)
Using Crushgrind mechanism. I’ve used these same mechanisms quite a few times in the past and really like them.
Finished with 100% pure Tung Oil and wax.

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#1 posted 01-22-2020 05:45 PM

I love them, any photos of the preturn glue up?

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#2 posted 01-22-2020 05:47 PM

Looks like very complex gluing/cutting job. Nice pattern!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 01-22-2020 06:05 PM

Sorry, but I didin’t take any additional photos. However, it is really not too complex. Cut a 45 degree diagonal across the 3” blank, inserted a 1/8” strip (maple) and reglued. Then, cut opposing angle at ~66 degree and repeated the strip insert. When you then turn the blank round, you get the result. (same technique when creating celtic knot). I did insert black veneer in between the maple segments before gluing them together for the rings for accent. Thanks for the comments.

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#4 posted 01-22-2020 07:27 PM

wow simply gorgeous.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 01-23-2020 01:15 AM

Beautiful wood and a wild design. Great job !!! Mel

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#6 posted 01-23-2020 01:20 AM

Wonderful. Looks like something from the Jetsons.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#7 posted 01-23-2020 10:06 AM

Nothing plane about this beautiful grinder! So unique too! Nice work!

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#8 posted 01-23-2020 12:02 PM

Glad I clicked on the photo. A lot going on in this project. Really cool. I like the black between the segments. The whole thing pops!

-- Petey

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