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Finally had to try my hand at turning a couple Crush/Grind salt and pepper mills. Both maple and finished with spray on lacquer. I used the press-in design (as opposed to glue in) which, in my opinion, is the preferable approach. These are actually a fun little project so I'll probably have to make a few more for gifts.

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Nice work! I really like the Crush Grind ceramic. I'm close to being done with a set, just needs a finish. I also like to make the join the way you did in picture 2, or some variant of that. It looks better and maintains alignment a lot better than just the top piece of the mechanism into the mill body.

1 other trick I use is to drill a 1/4" hole 1" deep into the top piece, after drilling for the top piece of the mechanism. It's for the shaft. Maybe overkill, maybe not. I don't think you can make something too strong.

I bet there's more where those came from!
 

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Thanks guys.

Hairy, I like the Crush Grind mechanism a lot after using it a little bit now. I drilled 1/2" holes similar to you but thought they could/should be smaller. Either way it lets the shaft extend completely through the mechanism. I would like to work on making the next ones slimmer so I'm thinking about a 1" through hole and making the top tenon (pic 2) <1> or which is nearly the OD of the CG mechanism.
 

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I thought about that, making the tenon smaller in diameter. I think it would weaken it too much. That's where you glue in the top of the mechanism, any resistance might twist it off. Maybe not, I didn't want to risk it. If you try it, let us know.
 
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