Box Joint Pepper Mill

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Project by shredkeenan posted 03-22-2010 04:01 AM 1855 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first pepper mill which will be a wedding present for my old college roommate. I have never seen this box joint technique used before in turning.

Just a word of caution if you are interested in trying this – due to the length of the cuts, a router table jig is not the best since it wants to pull the wood sideways. If your slots don’t end up perfectly perpendicular to the blank, then the pieces are not going to fit together. Use a table saw with a dado set and make sure your jig is DEAD-ON. Then, when you are gluing the 4 pieces together, use 30 minute epoxy. Think of all the surface area you are bringing together – I used Titebond III and I ended up with one joint with gaps since the glue started to dry before I could pound it and clamp it all together.

Size: 2.5” dia. x 10” tall
Wood: Hard maple and purpleheart
Finish: Mylands sealer, friction polish, and Beall buffing system

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#1 posted 03-22-2010 04:05 AM

That looks great!

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#2 posted 03-22-2010 04:22 AM

What a great project. Thanks for the tip on the glue. I use just about nothing but Titebond glues, except for the times I use Gorilla Glue as needed.

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#3 posted 03-22-2010 08:07 AM

Very nice

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#4 posted 03-22-2010 08:34 AM

Very cool idea. Interesting look. Thanks for the glue tip.

Keep it up.


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#5 posted 03-22-2010 03:51 PM

Very nice. I also have never seen a box joint used on a turning. I can see that you would need to be “dead on” when cutting with the dado head.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 03-22-2010 06:05 PM

Really nice. Where do you get the internals for a pepper mill?

Great job!


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#7 posted 03-23-2010 05:07 AM


I used the premium kit from Craft Supplies USA.

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#8 posted 01-14-2011 12:55 AM

That is awesome! Really nice work.

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