Salt and Pepper Grinder wedding gifts

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Project by Nathan H. posted 06-23-2014 11:05 PM 1039 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here was this weekends project. A matched set 10” brass topped Salt and Pepper mills for my sister for her wedding this coming weekend.

The woods are mango and cocobolo. The mango turned out to be darker than originally intended, and the cocobolo much lighter than i first thought it would be. But i think the difference will still be enough to know which is for salt and which is for pepper.

Thanks for looking!

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#1 posted 06-24-2014 02:01 AM

These are gorgeous!

-- "Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."

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Nathan H.

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#2 posted 06-24-2014 02:44 AM

Thank you! I hope my sister and her new husband agree :)

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#3 posted 06-24-2014 03:39 AM

Nathan the salt and pepper mills are great. I really like the form and finish. What finish did you use? Where did you get the brass topped mills?

You should be proud of your work your sister will cherish them.

Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 06-24-2014 11:32 AM

Great Job Nathan!!! I too would love to know where you got your Mills from. I have not seen that style before and a set is for sure on my list of to do’s. Thanks for sharing Rick….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#5 posted 06-24-2014 12:03 PM

Thank you for your comments Jason and Rick!

The finish is Mylands friction polish. It gave me fits on both of them as I am unused to working with larger turnings. It was definitely a learning experience. I ended up wet sanding with micro mesh to 12000 since, no matter how slow I turned it, the sanding sealer would come off on the micro mesh.

The kits were purchased from Penn State Ind. I think this is a great beginners kit for anyone who wants to start turning pepper mills as this teaches you some very good turning practices, gives you a bit of a safety net as you don’t have to turn the top, and it still looks very professional.

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#6 posted 06-24-2014 12:40 PM

Beautiful set crafted with love and care that is obvius .
They will appreciate and use them and feel you love every day and thats what matters .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 06-24-2014 02:56 PM

Lovely set. Very well done!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#8 posted 07-04-2014 01:13 PM

Beatiful grain!Nice job guy. Congratulations

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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