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Project by Ebro posted 11-07-2015 02:50 AM 2605 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made my first salt cellar last week. It turned out ok but I wanted to make some improvements, so I tried again… Seven times. Four are walnut, two are an oak/walnut combination and one is maple/walnut. My first attempt had the compartment drilled with a forstner bit. I didn’t like the sharp edge where the side met the bottom. These started with the same forstner bit but I finished them with a bowl bit in my plunge router. The rounded corners made a huge difference. They are all finished with 4-5 coats of lacquer. I’m building up stock for a craft show in a few weeks so hopefully these sell well. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 11-07-2015 03:33 AM

I had a PM about the hardware I used so I’m adding a photo of the connector bolt and threaded insert.

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#2 posted 11-07-2015 03:52 AM

great looking salt cellars

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#3 posted 11-07-2015 02:35 PM

These are very nice. I haven’t seen these before.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 11-07-2015 05:00 PM

Great idea! What are the average dimensions? A larger version would also be a great design for a candy dish or paperclip holder. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 11-07-2015 08:15 PM

Thank you all for the compliments

Leafherder, they are roughly 5”x3.5”x2.5” tall. The original design came from the wood whisperer website. I had a link on my first attempt last week.

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#6 posted 11-07-2015 11:01 PM

I really like them, very nice looking but is it ok to use lacquer or should you use something food grade?

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#7 posted 11-08-2015 12:28 AM

Good question hunnypot. My understanding is that lacquer is food safe once it’s cured. If I find out that it isn’t I’ll strip the inside of the container and go with something else. I only sprayed one coat inside just to seal it.

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#8 posted 11-08-2015 01:30 AM

Here’s something I found about lacquer…

For those pieces that will not be subject to damage from food handling utensils, film finishes, such as polyurethane, lacquer, “varnish,” or even shellac would be acceptable to use, for example, on serving platters. For those pieces where a film finish is likely to be damaged (cutting boards, salad bowls, etc.) a penetrating oil finish is recommended.

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#9 posted 11-08-2015 11:37 AM

Nice practice! They look beautiful. Very useful accessories in a kitchen.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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