3D looking Salt and Pepper Shakers

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Project by Oldwest posted 02-04-2011 11:20 AM 3961 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these Salt and Pepper shakers last year for Christmas. I got a bunch of laminate beam (Parallam) cut-offs and was trying to figure out what to do with them and came up with these Salt and pepper Shakers. I tried turning them but the tear out was tremendous and I had to make a lot of them so I decided to make them an octagon.

I used 1” pvc pipe which the ID was 1” and the OD was 1 3/8. The bung hole cover is a 1” cover by Craft Supplies USA. The salt top and bottom is maple and the pepper is walnut. I used Seal Coat for the base coat and 2 coats of general Finishes wipe on Urethane. I also used Wunderfill from Rockler, I came too really like this product for the application as there are many voids that it filled and you cannot tell where I used it.

I love the 3d look that you can get from the beam and hope other people have done some projects with it so I can get more ideas.

Thanks, Mark

-- Anyone who isn’t totally confused just doesn’t understand the situation.

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 12:16 PM

Very cool idea for using left over beams, I like it. Funny I usually look at pics before reading post and was asking myself what kind of wood is this. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 02-04-2011 02:17 PM

Mark, this a pretty cool project. This is a great way to create a unique project from material destined for the trash.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 02:25 PM

Sweet idea. They look great!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#4 posted 02-04-2011 02:57 PM


Great Job! The bung hole covers from Craft Supplies USA, do you have a web link and part #? I have been looking for those for some time. Thanks!

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#5 posted 02-04-2011 03:37 PM

Very creative idea and well executed. I have some of this material. I’ll have to give this a try.

I’ve worked with this material some (even turned a lamp). I found it was very hard on my tools. It dulled my lathe cutting tools very quickly. I would expect it to dull drill bits quickly also. Did you find that to be the case?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 02-04-2011 09:10 PM

That’s cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 02-05-2011 09:12 AM

Rich, I made 50 sets of these and found that the drill bit was pretty worn out by the end.
I have cut a couple bowls and I used an Easy Rougher for cutting as it has an insert at the tip and I could change it often. I cut these on the table saw and the wood almost exploded in my hands a few times.

Mike, the Wood Craft part number is 123-0148, Rubber Bung. The link is below.

Thanks, Mark

-- Anyone who isn’t totally confused just doesn’t understand the situation.

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