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Project by HokieKen posted 03-07-2022 03:14 PM 522 views 2 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve turned a few sets of grinders using this kit from PSI in the last few years but haven’t ever posted any of them as a project. But they are always well-received as gifts so I thought I’d post them here all together just in case it gives any turners ideas :-)

The first two pictures are a pair I made with Maple for the Salt and Walnut for the pepper. The third picture is a pair of Mesquite with a maple cap for the salt and a Walnut cap for the pepper. The fourth picture is curly Maple for salt and Katalox for pepper. And the last photo is a curly Maple pair with a Katalox cap on the pepper.

While I enjoy freshly-ground pepper I don’t know that there is really any advantage to grinding salt fresh. But most folks have matching salt and pepper shakers so I made them in pairs anyway :-)

The kits are well made and the grinding action works very well even after regular use for a couple of years. I will say, the instructions with the kit say to use a jam chuck but I made some aluminum bushings to use with my pen mandrel to turn them and it works much better for me. I like having the reference of the adjacent diameters to work to so I can visualize the shape a little better. Also, the instructions call for a 1” drill bit for the blank. But the kit parts are only about .985” diameter so I use 2-part epoxy rather than CA glue to glue the kits in so it will fill the gaps.

Thanks for looking. Comments and questions welcome as always!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA





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Eric

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#1 posted 03-07-2022 03:34 PM

Those look very good Kenny. I like the one hand operation. I have always had a good experience with stuff I have gotten from PSI. I did a 10” Peppermill awhile back, I have the matching salt mill and a blank for it, need to make the time to turn it.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#2 posted 03-07-2022 04:23 PM

Nice looking grain on the walnut. They came out nice

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#3 posted 03-07-2022 04:58 PM

Good project, nicely done.

-- Ron

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#4 posted 03-07-2022 05:33 PM

made lots of those.the wife doesn’t like em though,with arthritis she cant do it with one hand.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 03-07-2022 06:08 PM

Thanks all :-)

Pottz, your Cocobolo sets make mine look like cheap garbage ;-) I thought about using some Cocobolo to make my “keeper” pair. But, as you know, my stash is earmarked for hand plane handles :-))

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#6 posted 03-07-2022 06:31 PM



Thanks all :-)

Pottz, your Cocobolo sets make mine look like cheap garbage ;-) I thought about using some Cocobolo to make my “keeper” pair. But, as you know, my stash is earmarked for hand plane handles :-))

- HokieKen


priorities i know.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 03-07-2022 06:49 PM

Good looking grinders. By the way PSI say they are out of stock….

I had a question about taking the wood all the way to the bottom but I checked Pottz’s and saw that he did that….I assume on the same mechanism. Will have to give it a try when they are back in stock.

I too have had that drill diameter problem with other types of pepper mills and found I could use an over size spade bit I ground to the proper size that worked pretty well. There are also adjustable diameter drill bits (essentialy spade bits) made by Irwin they go all the way up to 3”(check at Lee Valley).

I agree ground salt doesn’t seem very useful. I have made conventional pepper mills in which I hollowed out the capstan to hold salt that works well.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 03-07-2022 06:54 PM

Les – Woodcraft sells the same kit under a different name. I always buy from PSI because they are a little cheaper but they do have a problem with keeping inventory sometimes.

And I don’t think you can take the wood all the way to the bottom because you have to unscrew the bottom to refill it. If you look at Pottz’s I think his grinders are the same as mine, he just has the bottom metal part hidden when they’re sitting in the holders.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#9 posted 03-07-2022 07:00 PM

I can see why they are well received gifts. This is another project I want to do once I get around to the lathe. Yah I know, I’ve had the lathe for almost a year and still haven’t got it set up.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#10 posted 03-07-2022 07:17 PM

Looking good Kenny!! I have to tackle some of these soon, unless that second set is being shipped my way? ;)

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#11 posted 03-07-2022 07:38 PM

Don’t feel bad Earl, it may have been a year since I last turned anything on my lathe. At least you have an excuse!

I’ll send you the fifth set Dave ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#12 posted 03-07-2022 08:25 PM



Les – Woodcraft sells the same kit under a different name. I always buy from PSI because they are a little cheaper but they do have a problem with keeping inventory sometimes.

And I don t think you can take the wood all the way to the bottom because you have to unscrew the bottom to refill it. If you look at Pottz s I think his grinders are the same as mine, he just has the bottom metal part hidden when they re sitting in the holders.

- HokieKen


correct they sit in a hole on the base. i use coarse sea salt in mine,i like the fine grind for adding to food already cooked.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#13 posted 03-07-2022 08:40 PM

My bad, I didn’t look closely but the base/holder is a good idea to keep any loose pepper and salt off the table.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#14 posted 03-07-2022 09:04 PM

Nice sets Kenny.

Occasionally Woodcraft will put their kits on sale.

My one complaint with these grinders is that I like a lot of pepper and it takes a lot of pushes to get the amount i want out of them.

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#15 posted 03-07-2022 09:49 PM

They’re nice looking grinders, Kenny. I just can’t bring myself to use a salt grinder, though.

For Steve’s problem, you just need to checkout Alton Brown’s solution.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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