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We have these salt and pepper mills that I made many years ago and we quit using them because every time we would set them down on the table, we'd have a mess from the particles that fell from the grinders. My wife was going to get rid of them unless I could find a way to harness the loose salt and pepper. This what I came up with last night. It is made from rosewood and the handle was turned on the center of the heartwood and sap wood.
The holes were bored with a 2 3/8" Forstner bit and with the bottoms only 1/16 thick. I had to make some little plugs for the holes out of the same wood.

It is finished with clear gloss lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

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Very nice!

We have a grinder that grinds from both ends… Salt & Pepper… very handy…
Do they make kits, etc. that would do that?

The center portion is Clear hard plastic with an Angled divider separating the inside area into two sections…
The respective section can be filled from each end… Works great…
 

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Yes! Those will work great idea Jim
 

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Great idea Jim
 

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A neat solution Jim.
Good thinking Mate.
Bob.
 

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That is great Jim. What an attractive way to keep them together.

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Good solution to a messy problem Jim. Cool way to tote around both at the same time. Great minds think alike. My wife would discourage me to use our pepper mill for the same reason. I call ours the pepper mill pepper catcher. Basicly just a matching coaster. Happy wife, happy life.
 

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A very nice solution Jim. I have a number of grinder kits I want to get done for Christmas and something like this might be a gr8 addition to them. Always enjoy your projects and ideas.
 

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Thank you all for the nice comments. I was thinking about storing them upside down. it would solve the problem but they would not look very nice.

Hi Joe, I have seen those you talk about. Do they drop particles when you set them down?
I have never seen a double ended kit, but someone might have one.

Hi Dave, we have the two of them because one is filled with sea salt….. supposed to be better for you???

Hi Roger. Glad I could give you a new idea once in a while.

Cheers, Jim
 

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Great idea Jim and beautiful too. Now back to the old grind.
 

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Nice save, Jim! Really like the sap wood in the handle. Brother-in-law made us one for our grinders for a different reason. They were so tall and narrow, they were easily knocked over (made of stainless steel, they're the kind you're supposed to operate with one thumb, emphasis on supposed to). Thanks for sharing.
 

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This project looks great.Unique design. Finish is awesome. Now you will have organized dinnig table.
 

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Thanks Mike, Candy, Charles and Ivan!! Now I can keep the mills!!

Cheers, Jim
 

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Another problem solved. You 're the man Jim when it comes to solutions.
 

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A gorgeous rack, Jim. It's really satisfying to build a solution to give more life to a previous project.
 

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Thanks Lee, Todd and Paul.

Hi Paul. You're right about that. I didn't want to get rid of those miss I spent so much time on.

cheers, Jim
 

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Jim,

If they leave left-overs, I haven't noticed it… I give it a 'shake' before putting it away.

The main body is clear plastic & would not be easy to do it in wood… unless there was a small window to see the Levels…

Great JOB!
 

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Well done Jim. Looks good. Those Forstner Bits are so invaluable. A must in every Shop.

Regards,

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Thanks Joe and Cliff!

Hi cliff. You are right about how valuable the Forstner bits are. My sets go up to 2 1/8 and 2 1/16 and I was worried how I was going to cut these holes for the 2 3/16" mills. Then I found this 2 3/8" bit I used for clock movements years ago and it was just the ticket for this job.

Cheers, Jim
 
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