Salt and Pepper Mill Carrier

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-12-2015 12:53 AM 1461 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have these salt and pepper mills that I made many years ago and we quit using them because every time we would set them down on the table, we’d have a mess from the particles that fell from the grinders. My wife was going to get rid of them unless I could find a way to harness the loose salt and pepper. This what I came up with last night. It is made from rosewood and the handle was turned on the center of the heartwood and sap wood.
The holes were bored with a 2 3/8” Forstner bit and with the bottoms only 1/16 thick. I had to make some little plugs for the holes out of the same wood.

It is finished with clear gloss lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 07-12-2015 01:06 AM

Very nice!

We have a grinder that grinds from both ends… Salt & Pepper… very handy…
Do they make kits, etc. that would do that?

The center portion is Clear hard plastic with an Angled divider separating the inside area into two sections…
The respective section can be filled from each end… Works great…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 07-12-2015 01:24 AM

Yes! Those will work great idea Jim

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#3 posted 07-12-2015 02:25 AM

Great idea Jim

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 07-12-2015 03:02 AM

A neat solution Jim.
Good thinking Mate. Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 07-12-2015 03:13 AM

That is great Jim. What an attractive way to keep them together.


-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#6 posted 07-12-2015 03:59 AM

Good solution to a messy problem Jim. Cool way to tote around both at the same time. Great minds think alike. My wife would discourage me to use our pepper mill for the same reason. I call ours the pepper mill pepper catcher. Basicly just a matching coaster. Happy wife, happy life.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 07-12-2015 11:19 AM

A very nice solution Jim. I have a number of grinder kits I want to get done for Christmas and something like this might be a gr8 addition to them. Always enjoy your projects and ideas.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 07-12-2015 11:47 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I was thinking about storing them upside down. it would solve the problem but they would not look very nice.

Hi Joe, I have seen those you talk about. Do they drop particles when you set them down?
I have never seen a double ended kit, but someone might have one.

Hi Dave, we have the two of them because one is filled with sea salt….. supposed to be better for you???

Hi Roger. Glad I could give you a new idea once in a while.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 07-12-2015 11:50 AM

Great idea Jim and beautiful too. Now back to the old grind.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 07-12-2015 12:25 PM

Nice save, Jim! Really like the sap wood in the handle. Brother-in-law made us one for our grinders for a different reason. They were so tall and narrow, they were easily knocked over (made of stainless steel, they’re the kind you’re supposed to operate with one thumb, emphasis on supposed to). Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 07-12-2015 01:09 PM

This is another nice design, Jim; and done very well I might add.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 07-12-2015 05:15 PM

This project looks great.Unique design. Finish is awesome. Now you will have organized dinnig table.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 07-12-2015 11:04 PM

Thanks Mike, Candy, Charles and Ivan!! Now I can keep the mills!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 07-13-2015 12:26 AM

Another problem solved. You ‘re the man Jim when it comes to solutions.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 07-13-2015 12:42 AM

Outstanding work.

-- "The Cedar King"

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