Segmented Mills v2.0

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Project by JJones98042 posted 08-20-2013 12:01 PM 3606 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are contrasting segmented salt and pepper mills that I just completed.

The pepper mill is made from Walnut and the salt mill is from Ambrosia Maple. I’m really pleased with the colors in the Ambrosia Maple though they didn’t come through that well in the pictures.

The feature rings are made from Curly Maple and Mahogany. Since the segmented rings are relatively thin but I needed 2 of each I decided to make them about 3/4” think to start with. Then parted them each in half on the lathe and ran them through the drum sander for the final thickness (about 1/4”).

The finish is gloss lacquer from a spray can applied on the lathe. The mills are 10” tall and use the Deluxe Hardware from Craft Supplies USA. Each mill consists of 78 separate pieces.

In hindsight, I would probably add a veneer layer at the top and bottom of the feature rings in the main body accent them a bit more. Overall, I’m very pleased with how they came out.

As always, comments are welcomed. Thanks for looking! :)

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

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#1 posted 08-20-2013 12:30 PM

WOW! super nice!!! Congratulation on a great looking project!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 08-20-2013 12:41 PM

Fantastic looking turnings—they really turned out nicely?

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#3 posted 08-20-2013 03:22 PM

Very nice, great wood choice I hope to try some of these someday hope they turn out as nice as these.
Great job, and superb finish.

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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#4 posted 08-20-2013 05:39 PM

Hello JJones98042

A fantastic work with a good choice of wood

I like it
Did you use a particular jig to cut all the pieces ?

Thanks for sharing

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#5 posted 08-21-2013 12:24 AM

Wow very nice JJ… an excellent job, beautiful wood and the finish is like glass….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 08-21-2013 12:30 AM

Very nice.

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#7 posted 08-21-2013 02:33 AM

The jig for cutting the pieces was a zero-clearance fence with stop block (and hold-down) setup for my miter saw. I’ve had pretty good luck with this setup. Given a decent blade, the pieces are ready for glue-up without any additional sanding or fuss.

I have plans to make a jig for cutting small pieces like this on the table saw as well, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. :)

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#8 posted 08-21-2013 11:54 AM

Fantastic looking. The design, and the finish are superb

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#9 posted 08-23-2013 04:44 PM

Wow! Very elegant looking mills. Like the attractive segments and wood colors and the finish is flawless. Excellent job!

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