Salt and pepper shakers

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Project by VillageWood posted 06-05-2009 04:10 AM 11195 views 16 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided a while back to try my hand at a craft show next Christmas. I thought that I could do small production runs of various small items that can be bought inexpensively. These salt and pepper shakers (7 sets), bottle balancers (12), and bookmarks (over 40 so far) are the first projects that got created. I was going to use plastic caps on the shaker, but found some properly-sized real corks at a dollar store and loaded up. I cut them down to size. I really like the fact that they’re now all wood. “We don’t need no steenking plastics”.
I saw so many bottle balancers on Lumberjocks, I had to try. It’s great that once you know the formula for placing the hole. After that, they are dirt easy to make, and are a great conversation piece.
The bookmarks are a big hit already. You clip a few pages with them and you’ll never lose your bookmark. The different woods allow folks to pick what suits them. I just mix and match them. Some lady at work just asked for 12 of them. I can’t take credit for this design. I saw it somehwere on the net and it stuck in my head for months before I got down to making some. I built the Wood mag small parts jig for the table saw to help make the thin cuts. Very helpful for a project like this.
Just been using tung oil and buffed wax with the Beall system for the finish on all these.

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#1 posted 06-05-2009 04:48 AM

These are nice, VillageWood!

I really dig those salt and pepper shakers!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#2 posted 06-05-2009 04:54 AM

Once again, nice work. I love using wood to make things that most people never think of being made from wood.

Keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#3 posted 06-05-2009 05:17 AM

Nice Shakers

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 06-05-2009 07:19 AM

cool job

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 06-05-2009 05:35 PM

Great gift ideas! I really like the bookmarks.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#6 posted 06-07-2009 05:19 AM

My wife does a Christmas bazaar at our church…. Thanks for the inspiration!

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