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Project by rockmolsen posted 04-16-2017 09:01 PM 751 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is probably the best pepper mill I’ve ever done. Part of the reason is its an incredible piece of wood. I rescued this from a firewood pile on a recent visit to New Mexico. I have another piece from the same pile – YAY!

The mill is 8 1/2” high, sanded to 1800, polished with EEE and coated with several coats of OB Shine juice. The finish and feel is just about perfect. I have done lots of pepper mills before but I did learn something during this particular process. I made one mistake that I was able to recover from. Once I turned this limb round I should have created the tenon and mounted it a 4 jaw chuck before continuing the shaping process. I shaped the mill between centers and when I finally did mount it in the chuck – the further end would not spin true. This also altered the centering of the through hole a bit. It made sanding and finishing a bit more difficult. Lesson learned.

Thanks for looking

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 04-16-2017 10:05 PM

Very Pretty!

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#2 posted 04-17-2017 12:59 AM

Very nice, great workmanship!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 04-17-2017 02:21 AM

The pepper mill turned out great, the wood has awesome colours!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 03:42 AM

The wood looks realy beautiful, not to mention the way you shaped it.

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#5 posted 04-17-2017 11:54 AM

Some very high eye candy with that very colorful grain. Wow!! Super nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#6 posted 04-17-2017 05:47 PM

Turning is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#7 posted 04-17-2017 06:02 PM

Looks great Rick, but I don’t recommend anyone using it. Spalted wood is formed by a fungus in the wood and should not be used for food grade items.

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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rockmolsen

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#8 posted 04-17-2017 11:04 PM

Papadan, I did some research on this the first time I used spalted lumber for another pepper mill. There is an article regarding this from Fine Woodworking, here is the link to that article.

http://www.finewoodworking.com/2009/04/26/spalt-your-own-lumber-health-problems-associated-with-spalted-wood-and-debunking-myths

In a nut shell it states -

“Fact or Fiction: finished spalted wood products should not be placed in contact with food

Fiction! If you dried your bowl before you finished it, the fungus is dormant in the wood. That means that, while not dead, it is no longer reproducing or producing spores. Any current spores in your wood will be sealed in by your finish. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using spalted wood for food items, as long as it is properly dried and sealed.”

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#9 posted 04-17-2017 11:10 PM

Rick, I am well aware of that and many other articles on the subject. Did you fully seal every bit of that grinder inside and out? I’ve never met anyone that seals the inside of that type item and it isn’t needed most of the time.

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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rockmolsen

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#10 posted 04-18-2017 01:40 AM

Inside was NOT sealed, do you have a recommendation?

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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papadan

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#11 posted 04-18-2017 05:31 AM

Disassemble and coat the inside with water based poly. When dry it will be sealed.

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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