There is something special about wood turning. It is easy to spend hours at this wood craft while working with the various woodturning tools. This particular project features salt and pepper mills of black walnut with a food-safe finish of Tried and True oil varnish. This finish leaves a soft and warm patina with a nice hand rubbed look and feel.
The material on hand in the shop happened to be 3/4” black walnut that was left over from another project. In this case the (4) pieces were glued together to create each turning blank by using Titebond II yellow glue. The finished salt and pepper mills are 2-1/2” x 8”.
You will notice in the video that a shop-made woodworking plan was drawn to full scale and was also used as an aid to layout the turning blanks while the wood lathe was spinning. One of the challenges with this wood project is turning two identical mills. It is a good exercise as it causes one to refer to the plan and also to use the wood turning calipers to measure the necessary diameters. One’s eyes will soon become trained to notice similarities and differences as well when comparing the two mills.
While there is a freedom in the craft of wood turning there is also a need for strategy. It is a bit like playing a game of chess in that one will benefit by planning ahead for your next move. It seems like the more one turns the more comfortable one becomes with the process.
When you decide to turn a set of salt and pepper mills you will be glad that you did as there is a world of difference with freshly ground salt and pepper available for your meals. Your taste buds will celebrate. Also, keep in mind that salt and pepper mills make for wonderful gifts for loved ones on special occasions. Enjoy the process!
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