Salt & Pepper LightHouses

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Project by scrappy posted 09-13-2009 02:36 AM 1691 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple of Salt and Pepper Lighthouses I knocked out today. Thought this was going to be a quick project and it turned into 8 hours of strugle. Don’t recomend trying this if you don’t have the correct forstner bits. The spade bits are NOT good enough. (at least mine aren’t) They wanted to follow the grain and not drill straight through.

These are both from the same block of Maple. In order to get the size I wanted, had to get a turning block 6×6x3. These are 2 1/4 inch diam at bottom and roof and 5 1/2 inch tall.

Pepper Mill has a Wenge top. Salt shaker has a Birch top.

The pepper mill is attached to the top part (light section) of the lighthouse, so you don’t have to turn just that little knob. Salt shaker has a plug in the bottom for filling.

Finished with wax only as these are a food item.

Got the Pepper Mill from Goodwill ($0.99). Ugly plastic thing. Took it apart and used the works for this one.

Did a little Woodburning to look like brick. (looks more like stone because they are not even) haha

Thank you all for looking. Please leave all comments and critiques. Welcome any and all feedback.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 09-13-2009 02:41 AM

Cool shakers Scrappy they look great.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 09-13-2009 06:05 AM

Great looking project Scrappy. I like the design you came up with.

As for the brick dont fret over it not being even, it it were exact it was probablly done by a machine.

Keep up the great projects!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#3 posted 09-13-2009 11:20 AM

Those are great Scrappy. Very creative and amusing. I’m not a turner but couldn’t you have burned or scored the horizontal brick-line in while it was still mounted on the lathe?

Thanks for letting us take a look. Isn’t it great when you can fiddle around the shop (or struggle sometimes) and have something fun like this to show for your time?

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#4 posted 09-13-2009 01:51 PM

Great looking. I might have to look at Goodwill for something like that too. Charles is right. Could have used a wire and burned in part of the brick look. Great design.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 09-13-2009 04:09 PM

you are going to force me to raid the cookie jar for more money towards my lathe…..

My financial manager (the old girl) is going to be writing you soon…. watch out…..LOL.

Good job !!!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 09-13-2009 04:19 PM

Pretty neat idea, Scrappy. Never thought of looking at Goodwill or Odd Lots for the mechanism either. A lot cheaper than Woodcraft.

-- Bill, WV

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#7 posted 09-13-2009 05:17 PM

Very cool Scrappy. Neat the way you made them look like brick. Nice job overall on the shape and size. You’re a very good turner.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 09-13-2009 06:50 PM

Thank you for all the great comments.

Just a little more info: I did use the lathe and wire to burn in the horizontal lines. ( they are the straight ones) The vertical lines I did with the wood burner by hand. As I was doing it I was getting frustrated because they were not even. After it was done, I liked it better that way. haha

GoodWill can be a source for things like this. You just have to make sure it works properly first and that you can get it apart without damaging the mechanizm. I just love to “re-new and re-use” wherever I can. (pluss I’m cheap)haha

Thanks Again for the comments.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 09-14-2009 02:56 AM

Very nice work thank you for sharing.

-- David '65

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