Pepper Mill salt shaker combo

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Project by LesB posted 02-24-2009 09:09 AM 2650 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is not a big or fancy project but I though some people might be interested in the idea. I incorporated a salt shaker into the top of a pepper mill. I developed the idea after my wife saw a plastic one and wanted to know if I could do it in wood. That was about 20 years ago and I have made more than a dozen in various types of wood since then. The technique is to hollow out the capstan by first cutting off abut 1/2” of the top. Cut a “donut cavity inside and then glue the top back on. If you are careful when you cut the top off and glue it back the glue line should almost be invisible but if it shows just cover it with a decorative groove. The view of the bottom of the capstan shows where I use a stainless steel screw as a filler plug. I actually use a 1/4X20 tap to cut threads in the wood. If there appears to be an interest I will try to make a blog in more detail. I included a quick line drawing here to illustrate details.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 02-24-2009 04:55 PM


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#2 posted 02-24-2009 09:14 PM

This is really a great idea!!!! PLEASE BLOG IT MORE IN DETAIL?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 04-10-2009 05:47 PM

That is a great idea and well executed!

You should write this up and submit to a magazine like Woodturning Design, I bet they would bite on something so innovative.

Something like this would also help me get around my fear of not making separate salt and pepper shakers that are exactly the same – all in one so it is no comparison!

-- David / Durham, NC

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#4 posted 07-25-2009 08:12 PM

I’d love to see the blog on the creation of the dual salt/pepper shaker.

-- 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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