Salt Cellar

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-02-2017 02:21 PM 1339 views 7 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box elder salt cellar that I made from scraps laying on the bench. It is box elder with walnut corner strips. It is 3 3/4” Diameter and 2 3/4” high finished with Danish oil all over and then coated with clear gloss lacquer on the outside. I also made a little spoon with the scraps that were left with any red in them.
The lid is held on with a 3/16” brass pin epoxied into it with a screw at the bottom to retain it. In the front I loaded 2 – 3/16” rare earth magnets to serve as a latch and it snaps closed when they meet

I have some in process shots below.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 09-02-2017 02:28 PM

Very nice, I like your idea on the hinge with the magnet. Project is nice and enjoyed the extra pictures,

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 09-02-2017 02:51 PM

Really nice, Jim. I’m a big fan of salt cellars myself. Great to keep by the stove.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#3 posted 09-02-2017 02:57 PM

Wonderfully clean design!

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#4 posted 09-02-2017 03:15 PM

Jim, this is a beautiful box. I love the nice design and you have done a fine job on it.

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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#5 posted 09-02-2017 03:35 PM

nice work,Jim
Is it the first step to segmented turning?
Have a nice day

-- bambi

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#6 posted 09-02-2017 03:41 PM

Nice !
Love the design and wood combination .


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 09-02-2017 04:23 PM

Very nice, I like the spoon.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 09-02-2017 04:37 PM

Those walnut stripe are really a nice touch!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 09-02-2017 04:53 PM

Sweet! Thanks for posting how you did it too.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#10 posted 09-02-2017 06:25 PM


Nice procedure too!!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 09-02-2017 07:08 PM

How’s the bottom attached, Jim? Just glued in, it looks like.

Nice work! Will look good wherever it finds a home.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#12 posted 09-02-2017 07:47 PM

Really nice work Jim.
Those added touches make it look excellent.
I think I might try one of these and I hope it looks half as cool as yours.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 09-02-2017 08:05 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. These are fun to make. I got the wall a bit thinner than I like… it was supposed to be around .600” but after I cleaned up the inside, it was .390”. That is why I had to use a 3/16” pin and magnets.

Hi Bambi, the closest I get to segmenting is using staves. I’m planning on making funeral urns like that. I just finished a design today

Hi Dave. The bottom is glued in. I glue on a temporary spigot on the top, turn the recess in the bottom. Then I have the bottom with a spigot on it and turn it to fit the recess. I glue in the bottom with the spigot on it, face off the top and turn the body and lid together and then I remove the lid and bore it out.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 09-02-2017 09:37 PM

A classy wee piece Jim, nicely done Bud, love your WIP pics

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 09-02-2017 10:35 PM

Thanks for the explanation, Jim. That’s about what I thought, but didn’t want to assume.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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