First Peppermill

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Project by Nick_Osbourne posted 11-12-2011 01:28 AM 1206 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I liked the idea of making a salt/pepper set, so before I used my good wood I grabbed this piece of ash from the firewood pile. There are definitely things that need improvement but I think it turned out pretty well for a first go. gmertl’s videos on youtube helped immensely in this process!

The grinding mechanism is the ceramic one from Lee Valley. I haven’t tried it yet so let’s hope it works!

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 02:56 AM

Looks like you are off to a good start. I like the grain pattern of the ash.
It is a little hard to tell from the two prospective in the photos but the base looks small. I like to make the base look heavier and larger in diameter than the top. I think this prevents it from looking top heavy and also makes it more stable. If you cut the rim of the bottom so it tapers up ever so sligltly from the outside edge to the inside edge it will also allow it to set flatter because only the outside edge will touch the surface it sets on.
I have found that I can make the grinder mechanism fit my pepper mill design length by buying the longest shafted one and then cutting it to fit my length of my wood or design. On some I have cut the stem at the top and re-threaded the top but the latest grinders available have an aluminum shaft that is just peened over at the bottom. So all you have to do is cut it to length and re-peen it with a hammer on the cut edges. This does take eliminate the hassle of trying to make the turning exactly the right length.
Looking forward to your “final” product.

-- Les B, Oregon

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