Salt Cellar

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Project by LesB posted 12-16-2011 10:13 PM 3669 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project I found on the front page of the December 2011 Woodturning Design magazine. Actually my wife saw it and wanted one. It is a salt cellar made by Steve Sherman and written up by Wes Demorest. Using a 1/4” brass rod and a matching piece of brass tubing a pivot hinge is created so the lid rotates out of the way during use but remains attached to the base. I completed four. One in Apple wood (pictures 3 and 4), two in dogwood, (picture 2) and one in maple with a purple heart handle and spoon (picture 1). The finish was three coats of General’s salad bowl finish.
I also followed through with a suggestion in the article to use button magnets to hold the lid in the closed position when not in use. I used two 1/4 ” rare earth button magnets and it works great. In fact if I made any more I would try using a pair of 3/8” magnets instead of the brass rod and tube to keep the lid attached while open. Of course alignment of the magnets would be critical in order to keep the lid centered when closed. Also make sure the polarity of the two magnets are aligned before you glue them in place.
One more use for the magnets might be to hold the spoon in the notched handle on the lid.
Care must be taken to leave enough thickness in the rim of the lid and the base to drill holes for the brass fittings and the magnets. One of mine went through the top so it shows….but it makes the pivot point easy to identify.
I also need to do a better job on the spoons next time.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 11:55 PM

Clean looking. I do like these for some reason, I like the squiggles on the outer lip. Well done.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 12:49 AM

Hey Les,
Those are really really nice. The brass rod really adds a nice touch.
And aren’t magnets fun?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 12-17-2011 01:12 AM

These are really nice, I looked at that issue at the store, may have to go back and get it!

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#4 posted 12-17-2011 03:22 AM

Very cool salt box. Like the brass rod idea also.

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#5 posted 12-17-2011 03:27 AM

I really like these! The spoon/holder is neat idea!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 12-17-2011 06:48 AM

Very nice indeed.. and I love the spoons! Great job.


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#7 posted 12-18-2011 10:10 PM

Les, this is a great little project looks good. I like the one in Apple…

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 01:50 AM

Les, nice looking Salt Pot/Cellar the Apple one is fab…

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#9 posted 12-14-2013 07:30 PM

Nice salt cellar!!. I made one and I was going to use 2 10mm magnets but I thought they would have to aligned perfect for the lid to be in line with the bottom, so I opted for a steel plug in the top. I like the idea of a spoon holder and that may be in my next one.

Thanks for sharing, Les…..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 08-27-2017 01:47 PM

Nice salt pots. What do you do for finish? How are they holding up to the corrosive environment. I made one from Mahogany but did not apply any finish cause i just didnt know what was appropriate or safe.

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