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Cherry Pepper Mill - First turning project

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My first turning project, a cherry pepper mill that a guild member helped me make (read more about it in my blog post 1 and post 2). This project was made from a salvaged 2 foot piece of 12/4 cherry that had a horrible check running straight through it. I had been saving it for about 2 years thinking “it’d be neat to (wood) turn it into a pepper mill one day”. Well that day has finally come. This mill replaces a behemoth 3 foot pepper mill (a Costco purchase that was fun, until it got old) that my daughter broke 4 months ago. I put on 5 coats of satin Arm-R-Seal and will let the cherry age naturally.

PS: The mortar and pestle in the backdrop of the photo was our (mainly my wife’s) “temporary” replacement, because I promised to “one day” make her a pepper mill. After a few uses of it myself, I can say that she is a very patient woman, and I am one lucky guy. Did I mention she’s the one who convinced me to take up woodworking?

-- paxorion





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#1 posted 07-29-2014 01:58 AM

Good job with the turning. Nice to finally get something done, and using old wood too.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

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#2 posted 07-30-2014 07:09 PM

Well done for a first project. Excellent job on the round top.
One comment about proportions of the piece. It seems to be quite common for some turners to have what I think is an imbalance in tall turnigs like this. The top “looks” heavier than the base. In your pepper mill you made a smaller base set off with a groove, then a taper and back out at the top. The base looks smaller than the top, in both diameter and height creating a top heavy imbalanced look, IMHO. Yes the photo makes it look worse because the camera was positioned looking slightly down from the top. Just something to consider when turning.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 07-30-2014 07:37 PM



Well done for a first project. Excellent job on the round top.
One comment about proportions of the piece. It seems to be quite common for some turners to have what I think is an imbalance in tall turnigs like this. The top “looks” heavier than the base. In your pepper mill you made a smaller base set off with a groove, then a taper and back out at the top. The base looks smaller than the top, in both diameter and height creating a top heavy imbalanced look, IMHO. Yes the photo makes it look worse because the camera was positioned looking slightly down from the top. Just something to consider when turning.

- LesB

Good to know. You learn something new everyday. Thanks!

-- paxorion

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