Spinning Wood, Making Christmas Presents

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Project by docholladay posted 12-13-2012 06:39 PM 1789 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ decided that I wanted to make some things to give as Christmas presents this year. Every one can use a good salt & pepper grinder. I decided to make sets of salt & pepper grinders as Christmas presents. Best part, I already had the wood, so all I needed to buy was the grinder mechanisms. I found those online at a good price from Packard Woodworks. I pulled out my lathe, sharpened my chisels and went to work. So far, I have completed 7 sets. I have 4 more sets to go.

1) Picture of all 7 sets that I have completed
2) Picture of 3 made from walnut logs given to me by fellow LJ, Grizzman (thanks Grizz).
3) Left is a set made of a glue up of American Cherry and Brazilian Cherry. Right is a glue up of Red Oak.
4) Left is a glue up of maple and Rosewood. Right is one maple and rosewood and one cherry and rosewood.

These have been a lot of fun. I’m running out of ideas to make each set individual. The finish is very simple. While the piece is still on the lathe, I spin it at high rpm and hold a piece of beeswax against it and let the friction melt the wax into the wood. Then, while it is spinning, simply hold a soft fleece polishing cloth to heat up and polish the wax and rub it into the grain of the wood.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 06:46 PM

They look great!

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 07:47 PM

looking good the make great presents

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 07:55 PM

Great variety there! Perhaps, it was fun to make those!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 08:06 PM

hey doc, good to see your still out there making saw dust, these look really nice, all of them, i like the maple ones , folks who are getting these will love em, Ive got a lot more wood since you were last here, so when you want some more, Ive got all kinds..and more walnut too…happy holidays, to the holidays…lol…...and merry Christmas.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 08:33 PM

very nice, beautiful finish

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#6 posted 12-13-2012 10:02 PM

Ah, those ravishing pieces …

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#7 posted 12-13-2012 10:09 PM

I like those. Nice work. I need a lathe.

-- Mike

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#8 posted 12-14-2012 03:11 PM

Cool salt and pepper shakers.

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#9 posted 12-16-2012 02:22 AM

Very nice s and p’s. Those will be great gifts.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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