Baseball bat pepper mill

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Project by Lou_S posted 09-19-2011 05:40 AM 1943 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at a pepper mill started out as a professional baseball bat. At a minor league game recently, one of the players was kind enough to give a broken bat to my 8-year old at the end of the game. She thought it was the greatest gift ever. She wanted to me to glue it so she could play baseball with it, or make a display case so she could display it proudly in her room to forever remember this moment. I’m thinking, come on now, this isn’t Mickey Mantle’s bat. With this free lumber, how about a nice pepper mill made from my new lathe? It took about a week of convincing, but she agreed even though she does not like pepper. When I took the bat’s original finish off, she disliked the color of natural ash, so she wanted red. So three coats of water-based aniline dye “Cardinal Red” and many coats of oil-varnish later, she’s a happy customer. I wanted to keep the bat’s basic shape so no fancy spindle work. Maybe next time… I now owe my 9-year old a set of salt and pepper mills. :)

-- Lou

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 05:58 AM

Very cool idea! And nicely done. Now you better hope that the minor leaguer doesn’t rise to prominence! Since she doesn’t like pepper, I wonder if you could put cinnamon and sugar in it?

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 04:11 PM

Thanks, Andrew. Unfortunately we didn’t get the player’s name. She was so excited she just screamed and ran up to us beaming with the bat in hand. I’ll have to look into grinding other spices she may like.

-- Lou

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