Salt Shaker & Peppermill Set

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Project by WoodArtbyJR posted 02-08-2013 03:01 PM 1784 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished & posted my bamboo countertop yestereday so that gave me some time to finish a new S & P set. I purchased the turning blank from my buddy the “Board Hoarder” on the east side of Seattle about a year ago. He had it marked as an English Walnut Burl. It was a beautiful piece so I picked it up. During turning I was questioning his choice of wood clarification. It was light enough to be english but the smell was more like Black Walnut. Being cololr blind I depend more on my smell ability and would question his marking. With that aside, what a BEAUTIFUL grain on this bad boy. Nature at her BEST. They have a coat of walnut oil and then buffed and waxed on the PSI knock off of the 3 way system. I get my mechanisms from Packard Woodworks. I hope you like them as this is my second making of the smaller ones. I usually go for the 8” to 12” size. I tried to make exact copies of each other but as you can tell, they are close but not exact and that’s what is unique about them No two are the same since I am doing these by eye and hand, not using a duplicator. I might make a few more of these for my inventory to test the market. As always, questions and comments always welcome.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 03:15 PM

Really nice work Jim. I absolutely love the finish on them. I might have to look into that 3 way system.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 03:18 PM

Very nice and the wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 03:36 PM

Thank you Chris & Charles
Chris, the PSI knock off is SO MUCH CHEAPER and works the same. IMHO. One thing you have to look out for though. HOLD ONTO the work piece, cause if you don’t. It WILL go flying. Kinda scary when things are pinging off the walls, just sayin.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 03:49 PM

Great job on the pepermills.
I like’em.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#5 posted 02-08-2013 03:55 PM

Those are spectacular, really really awesome.

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#6 posted 02-08-2013 06:30 PM

Fantastic wood. And asymmetrical is often attractive and less assembly line production looking.
As for comments: I think you proportioning of the shape would be better if you gave more weight to the bottom and leave out that last inward curve. I find vertical turnings look better and are more stable with a heaver bottom section. That being said I am sometimes accused of being too practical.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 02-08-2013 08:17 PM

This is one of the coolest pieces I have ever seen!

-- "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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#8 posted 02-08-2013 09:11 PM

Nice Job, I have wood to make salt shaker and pepper mills, but not ready to tackle that just yet. Maybe after the lamp columns I am making. Great work!

-- Arbuckster, Oregon

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#9 posted 02-08-2013 10:13 PM

Gorgeous pieces! What beautiful wood, finish and the shape of the set!

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#10 posted 02-08-2013 10:30 PM


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#11 posted 02-09-2013 01:17 AM

what is the 3 way system?

-- Smitty!!!

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#12 posted 02-09-2013 01:46 AM

Smitty, the 3 way system is the Beall 3 way buffing system attachment for a lathe. Here’s one web site that has it. and here is another you can also get a bowl buffing system as well and the work great.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#13 posted 02-09-2013 01:37 PM

That’s a fantastic set! Very well done.

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#14 posted 02-09-2013 05:01 PM

Very nice Walnut burl no matter what the exact species is : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 02-11-2013 12:04 AM

Nice, I made fan pulls and found that in making them both the exact same I would have to look closely to tell which was light and which was lamp. To aleviate this I always put a small piece of white corian on the bottom of the lamp one. If you have some purpleheart or other darker wood you could try a angled peice from top to bottom. Just an idea, they look great and give me a few dieas for my own when I get around to it, one day, not this month. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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