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Project by Chefdavid posted 986 days ago 1104 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a set of Grinders that I had rolling around in my head for awhile. It is Wenge, Padauk, Zebra, and Canary woods. I really like how it all came together. All the woods just seem to go together. I am still debating if I should sell this set or keep it for myself…. Comments are always welcome!

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lew

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#1 posted 986 days ago

Keep them for your self!! than when someone asks about them you’ll be all set for making a “custom” sale.

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ChesapeakeBob

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#2 posted 986 days ago

Good looking project!

I am a peppermill nut! It drives my wife nuts! I have often thought about turning one on my lathe. I just have too many other projects to do first. Tell us where you purchased the innner workings of the mills and about the plan/design.

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#3 posted 986 days ago

Nice work!

I’m also curious about the guts of these mills, and where you got them from? I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to grinding mechanisms, as I’ve had plenty of inexpensive mills that just don’t seem to perform the way I’d like.

Several Christmas’s ago, my wife treated me to a Peugeot Chateauneuf Adjustable Pepper Mill, so now I’m completely spoiled.

I haven’t ventured into turning yet, but I’m sure that once I do, I’ll want to make a pepper mill, and probably a matching salt mill, relatively early on. I don’t want to be disappointed with the grinding mechanisms though and would like to put something of high quality inside. I figure if I’m going to spend the time and effort on the outside, the inside should be something that’s going to hold up over time and work smoothly. I’d definitely be willing to spend a few extra dollars if it’s going to yield superior results.

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ChesapeakeBob

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#4 posted 986 days ago

Jonathan, I too am a peppermill snob when it comes to mechanisms. I recently purchased a T & G mill and the tag was labeled “Made in England.” I trust that the inner workings are as well as the body of the mill. I also have Cole and Mason with a stainless steel mechanism, and it works great. I know the Peugeots are nice as well; I have one here on the kitchen counter. I just prefer to avoid products made in France… but that just reflects my own bias. The Peugeot I have works great.

When I start turning my own peppermills on the lathe, I, like you will be looking for quality pepper mill mechanisms!

We have a lot in common!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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Jonathan

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#5 posted 986 days ago

ChesapeakeBob, thanks for the information. I will have to research those mills. If I find any other information just on grinding mechanisms, I’ll post it back here.

I’m of the mindset that quality work (which I attempt to achieve with every piece), deserves quality parts, and vice-versa. Quality has a price, but if the value is there, in my eyes it’s worth it to spend a bit more and get something I’ll be happy with, rather than frustrated with.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Chefdavid

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#6 posted 986 days ago

Thanks for you feedback!! It is hard to find really good grinding mechanisms. I have been getting mine from http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/. They have started to carry a new mechanisms that I have purchased but have not played with. It is a the crush mechanisms with no shaft so you can make any size grinder. It is suppose to be good with salt, pepper, and spices. I will post about it when I use them. Thanks for posting!!

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Chefdavid

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#7 posted 986 days ago

Oops I forgot to mention for Chesapeakebob where I get my designs… Well I throw I wood on the lathe and the wood tells how to turn it.. I know it sounds funny but that is how it works 90% of the time.

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