|Project by LesB||posted 12-16-2011 10:13 PM||2788 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
This was a fun project I found on the front page of the December 2011 Woodturning Design magazine. Actually my wife saw it and wanted one. It is a salt cellar made by Steve Sherman and written up by Wes Demorest.
Using a 1/4” brass rod and a matching piece of brass tubing a pivot hinge is created so the lid rotates out of the way during use but remains attached to the base. I completed four. One in Apple wood (pictures 3 and 4), two in dogwood, (picture 2) and one in maple with a purple heart handle and spoon (picture 1). The finish was three coats of General’s salad bowl finish.
I also followed through with a suggestion in the article to use button magnets to hold the lid in the closed position when not in use. I used two 1/4 ” rare earth button magnets and it works great. In fact if I made any more I would try using a pair of 3/8” magnets instead of the brass rod and tube to keep the lid attached while open. Of course alignment of the magnets would be critical in order to keep the lid centered when closed. Also make sure the polarity of the two magnets are aligned before you glue them in place.
One more use for the magnets might be to hold the spoon in the notched handle on the lid.
Care must be taken to leave enough thickness in the rim of the lid and the base to drill holes for the brass fittings and the magnets. One of mine went through the top so it shows….but it makes the pivot point easy to identify.
I also need to do a better job on the spoons next time.
-- Les B, Oregon