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I used the Nick Cook method for taking slabs and cutting on the bias to make the blank then turning to what seemed pleasing to me. Fun to make and I'm getting where I almost feel comfortable to start giving some away.
While at Pike's Place market in Seattle recently I saw someone selling pepper and salt mills made with various laminated woods. The designs are different but the concept the same. They were selling them for @ $200 each. They must sell otherwise they wouldn't keep a booth open.
Thanks for the nice comments! $200!!! In my dreams - then again I am not marketing nor do I intend to. This is just for my pleasure.
As to Nick Cook; he is a member of the Board for AAW and now an editor, a frequent instructor at Arrowmont and John C Campbell and other schools, and a really nice guy who willingly shares his considerable talent. His web is http://www.nickcookwoodturner.com/ and if you google his name you'll find many articles providing turning instruction.
Steve, I was looking at peppermill kits on Woodcraft's website. They listed it as an advanced wood turning project. Did you find it difficult to make these? I would start with a solid block for my first one, so don't count the laminating.
rikkor I've turned a couple of peppermills and they really aren't that difficult - but you have to follow the instructions pretty closely. From what I can remember your measurements have to be very precise.
rikkor, sorry to be delayed in responding - out of pocket for a while. I agree with Bill. Its 'kinda' a spindle with holes. I'm a little loose with the vertical dimensions and found that you can easily cut the center rod to fit. I suggest looking for Nick's article which you can download for free from his site (http://www.nickcookwoodturner.com/articles.htm). He has lots of other stuff for all levels of turners.