Salt and pepper shakers

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Project by ed220 posted 07-19-2013 09:14 PM 1600 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Went out to the garage o spend a little time on the lathe today. Had bought a salt and pepper set from Rockler.
Could have done a better job on symmetry but it’s my first attempt at copying. I really like the finish though. Sanded all the way to 15000 and applied Deft sanding sealer and a combination of BLO, alcohol and shellac
and let it dry. The lighter one is osage orange which turns like a dream and the other is black walnut. Let me know what you guys think. I can take criticism. Thanks.

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Adrian A

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#1 posted 07-19-2013 11:02 PM

They look great. Finish looks good. That black walnut looks better than the walnut I get here in texas.

Design wise i prefer the bulk to be on bottom than top and if the spout is tiny then I prefer to turn the top smaller to help with the transition.

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#2 posted 07-22-2013 01:58 PM

Great job!

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

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#3 posted 07-22-2013 02:22 PM

Ed, those are nice. It looks like they were Intended to be different, and being different woods, it works well. Just a tip: if you want to turn duplicates, one way is to finish turn a piece, put white cardboard behind it while on the lathe and pencil-trace the outline. It won’t be perfect, but the distances between the coves and arcs will be there. Then cut along the pencil line and you’ll have a pattern cut to hold up against the second one for comparison. Using calipers is helpful, too, presetting them to the diameters needed. I learned all this doing a job of lamp-top finials, and with practice, got pretty good at it. Just another skill to learn!


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#4 posted 07-23-2013 05:44 PM

Thanks for the advice Barb. I’l try it.

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#5 posted 07-23-2013 06:03 PM

Another option once the first piece is finish turned is to use a contour gauge to copy the profile

Then transfer the profile to card stock and use the card stock as a template/guide to follow.

-- - Terry

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 02:51 PM

Thanks Terry. I was looking at a locking contour gauge and thought the same thing.

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