Rat Thumper

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Project by RoundestRock posted 03-10-2012 06:55 AM 1683 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been forever since I’ve posted anything so here is a little something a whipped up for my wife. No, it’s not really for thumping rats (though it would probably work for that). It’s a pepper grinder. Hold it in the middle, twist the top, and out comes fresh ground pepper as course or fine as you like. This is one of those overly successful projects as I’ve had 3 more requests for these almost as soon as I got this one done. For perspective it’s about 3’’ diameter at the widest and around 14’’ tall.

The wood is supposedly ‘Brazilian Walnut’. Other than being sort of dark in color, it obviously isn’t any closer related to walnut than Jatoba is to Cherry. It started out much more grey but has gained a good deal of brown with age. The finish was done entirely on the lathe. First sanded to 600 grit paper. Then 2 coats CA glue applied with 300 grit sand paper to fill in open pores (this wood had very few and they were small, but the CA glue also allows for a more lustrous finish). Then sanded to 600 grit again, then steel wool by increments to 0000. Then used a wax based friction polish (the sort used for pen turning). Then applied a heat activated Walnut oil extract lacquer via paper towel. The inside is sealed with food safe walnut oil only, just to slow down moister changes in the wood.

If you’re thinking about trying one of these I highly recommend it. For me it was about $30 for wood and parts. Once done you have a nice conversation piece to show off, and you get to keep it in the kitchen! Add in the points with the wife and it’s a win a around.

-- I only WISH I could do this for a living. Problem is I don't want to sell anything I make!

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#1 posted 03-10-2012 11:54 AM

so it’s actually for seasoning cooked rat? i like it, sort of a culinary multi-tool.

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#2 posted 03-10-2012 01:57 PM

That’s really nice, great work on the finish. I might take your suggestion and do the same. You should make one from a light wood like maple for rock salt and have a complete set. Just a suggestion.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 03-10-2012 04:59 PM

Nice looking grinder. It probably does thump rats pretty well, too. If they just stand still long enough.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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