Pepper Mills!!! I'm outta control..somebody stop me...

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Project by rdwile posted 09-06-2012 04:12 PM 5900 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Christmas is on the way – yeah I know its 4 months away, but you know how things creep up on ya…

I am postng a few of the mills recently completed which will be for the coming season, I do not sell much but need to be able to respond to requests for gifts from LOML and family, as well as co-workers looking to actually pay for stuff – ‘magine that…

The first shot is an overall collection. Next is some segmented ones I made from some gnarly maple, these are in the bigger one, just closer.

Hope you enjoy…

-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

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#1 posted 09-06-2012 05:39 PM

They look great! You’re smart to plan ahead.

What finish do you like to use on your mills?

-- Steve, Southern Oregon. So many tools, so little time....

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#2 posted 09-06-2012 05:57 PM

Because I need a long wearing finish for these, they are finished off the lathe, 4-8 coats of wiping poly (gloss) will provides years of service and still look like new.

-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

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#3 posted 09-06-2012 07:13 PM

Whose grinder mechanism do you use? Do you have an opinion on its value, durability, ease of installation?

Beautiful mills by the way!

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#4 posted 09-06-2012 07:34 PM

Why? do we need to stop you ? Why, you’re just warming up laddie.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 09-06-2012 08:12 PM

hi the look very nice nice bit of turning
i might try some of those to use up some leftover segments pieces

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#6 posted 09-06-2012 08:24 PM

mama got a new lathe for her b-day and wants to make some peppermills, I would be interested in which mechanism you find to be best, also.

why stop? they look beautiful indeed!!

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#7 posted 09-06-2012 08:36 PM

I use the pepper mechanism that Lee Valley sells, it is also the same mechanism sold by Craft Supplies. Not the ceramic ones but the steel ones. They are simple to install and work very well for a long time. I will be doing a video soon on my lamination technique and assembly. I have already done a piece for wood turning online on a special lamination technique. Check them out.

-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

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#8 posted 09-06-2012 08:54 PM

Smart gift ideas … Hoping against hope I can have one of those :)

#9 posted 09-06-2012 10:57 PM

Very beautiful turning jobs.


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#10 posted 09-06-2012 11:04 PM

Wow! Nice Pepper Mills! What were the woods?

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#11 posted 09-07-2012 01:31 AM

all are very beautiful

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 09-07-2012 10:52 AM

Nice job, planing aheadddddd is a good thing.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 09-07-2012 07:37 PM

I like the gnarly maple ones the best. Please post more!

I sure do agree about the co-workers—you gotta love them.

For anyone interested in trying mills for the first time, Penn State Industies has kits that use a pen mandrel and bushings. If you can do a pen, you can make salt and pepper mills. Here’s the starter kit with drills, bushings, and two kits: 2 Mini Tabletop Salt/Peppermill Starter Package The blanks need to be two inches so you won’t blow the bank on wood; I get small interesting chunks really cheap and they work out great.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#14 posted 09-07-2012 09:12 PM

coolest shakers ive ever seen…

-- rob

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#15 posted 09-07-2012 09:13 PM

i want all of them,, i dont have anything to put in em though

-- rob

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