I’m not entirely new to LJs, I’ve been stealing ideas for a while. But I’ve finally created an account and loaded some of my projects to share. Another LJ friend previously encouraged me to post this one. But I felt it is better suited as part of a blog posting.
My previously mentioned LJ member, CaptSkully, had left me his lathe when he moved to California. It’s been sitting on the shop corner for 8 months, unused.
Our anniversary was coming up, and I thought for some reason a good present might include my first attempt at turning. Woodcraft has some kits for turning a pepper mill. We actually needed a salt shaker/grinder. So why not, I remember seeing a magazine article in my piles about turning a mill. I purchased a nice blank and the kit and eventually found the article.
No I still hadn’t even played with the lathe, nor did I know what equipment I had. It turns out (no pun intended) that I need a chuck that I don’t own, yet. And it appears I should walk before I run.
I still needed a salt shaker and I still had an anniversary. So I built an alternative.
I purposely made the ugliest box I could muster. I bought a $.59 disposable salt shaker and enclosed it in the box. I just thought it was funny. My wife did too, luckily for me. I knew she would though. The in-laws’ comments were the best responses. My father-in-law said, “I hope Eric’s not making me something for Christmas.” and my mother-in-law tried her best to think of something complimentary to say. “umm, that’s…Eric made that? What, again, is it?”
I had made myself giggle about posting it here and trying to pretend I was serious. I had planned on saying I was told it was sort obvious sort of wood that it wasn’t. In reality, it’s mahogany marine plywood. Just because I had a bunch from some boat-building. I took the photos with the obvious Lie-Nielsen plans within view. I later decided that first of all I couldn’t come up with the good description without giving it away. As well I didn’t want to come across as making fun of anyone else’s handiwork.
It works exactly as it should. We put it on the Christmas dinner table. Sometime in the near future I’ll learn how to use the lathe and it will be replaced by some tall round fancy grinder…