My silly sense of humor

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Blog entry by Eric posted 02-06-2009 12:47 AM 1225 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Salt shaker

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…

-- ED

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#1 posted 02-06-2009 01:29 AM

Nice gift. I really think you need to make one for your Mother-in-law. Your father-in-law would appreciate it that it’s not him.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 02-06-2009 03:10 AM


-- making sawdust....

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Dan M

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#3 posted 02-06-2009 05:29 AM

You should probably use your router to cut an “S” in the side … make sure folks know it’s salt… ;-)

Very funny – love the sense of humor and am jealous I didn’t think of doing something like this myself!

-- Dan M, SW Suburbs, Chicago IL

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#4 posted 02-06-2009 08:10 AM

Thanks ,I needed a good laugh tonight . I could see several of them all nicely boxed and gift wrapped under the tree next Christmas : ) Welcome to LJs !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 02-06-2009 12:14 PM

Erik, There is an UP side to the In-Laws first impression of your woodworking skills. At least they won’t be asking you to spend all your time making gifts for them! Hope your fisrt attempts at using the lathe TURN out well. Thanks for the “CHUCKles” “O’ CHUCKless” one.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#6 posted 02-06-2009 04:36 PM

I laughed at this till my gut hurt… your sense of humor rocks. You’ll get along with everyone here juuuuust fine…. LOL


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 02-06-2009 05:27 PM

CessnaPilotBarry – Now I’m curious of what it was.

Dan – That’s a good thought. Someone might mistake it for a pepper mill. Or an ashtray. I could re-do the top and make the shaker holes in an S shape.

Thanks for the nice comments. It’s good to see some people enjoy a little silliness.

I forgot, I had made a sketchup plan too
Salt Shaker design

-- ED

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#8 posted 02-06-2009 05:35 PM

Oh, I should have guessed…I won’t speculate on the finish.

My uncle was notorious for giving unappreciated gifts to my aunt. One time she spouted, “What’ll it be for my birthday, an electric booger-picker?” So, my father and my uncle made one.

-- ED

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#9 posted 02-06-2009 09:06 PM

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA Gad zuks I have tears!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#10 posted 02-06-2009 09:59 PM

That is just awesome. Unfortunately it does hit rather close to home for some of us ($600 worth of planes, dust of some exotic wood, practice dovetails, and something classy in plywood to prove we actually make stuff in our man-cave).

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#11 posted 02-07-2009 04:18 AM

I particularly like the Sketchup plan!

-- Bob Costello

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#12 posted 02-07-2009 05:07 AM

Is that for rock salt or kosher salt?
In any case, looks like the salt of the earth.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#13 posted 02-07-2009 06:24 PM

Wow, Nice job. How much would a set of plans cost me?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#14 posted 02-24-2009 07:54 PM

success—looks just like your sketchup plans! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 02-24-2009 09:41 PM

Bad HallTree…..we already went through that yesterday!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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