Why buy it when you can make it! #8: First turning project - Cherry Pepper Mill

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Blog entry by paxorion posted 07-23-2014 03:22 AM 1563 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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A few years ago (before we were married), my wife bought me a monstrously huge pepper mill (I think it was about 3 feet long). It was awesome, except for the fact that it was a pain to use and had formed a fairly substantial crack over the years. Fate would have it that my daughter developed a huge love for dismantling it (apple doesn’t fall far from the tree), and lost several key pieces of the grind mechanism. After a painful hunt, we decided to give up on that mill and consider buying a replacement.

After mentioning my conundrum at a recent woodworking guild meeting, a guild member offered to help (i.e. teach and majorly help) me turn a replacement. This gave me the opportunity to use a short piece of 12/4 cherry that I had somehow acquired a few years back. I had a chance to work with him this evening, for my first turning project. It was a lot of fun and before tonight, I wasn’t convinced that I would be interested in allowing myself to catch the turning bug for a few more years.

Here is the mill at the moment, before putting the finish on it. Being cherry, I plan on letting nature do the work of changing it’s color, and am planning on putting a clear satin finish on. Maybe this will be my opportunity (excuse) to finally pick up some GF Arm-r-Seal.

PS: Of course I had to feature Lumberjock in the background.

-- paxorion

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#1 posted 07-23-2014 04:03 PM

Good job. Definitely a great start for your first turning project!


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