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Project by SteveM posted 03-10-2008 05:22 AM 1664 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used the Nick Cook method for taking slabs and cutting on the bias to make the blank then turning to what seemed pleasing to me. Fun to make and I’m getting where I almost feel comfortable to start giving some away.





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#1 posted 03-10-2008 06:03 AM

Nice bit of turning Steve. They certainly are good enough for gifts.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 03-10-2008 06:41 AM

You have it figured out nicely. I really like these.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#3 posted 03-10-2008 10:47 AM

Well, that does make for some interesting mills. They look great.

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#4 posted 03-10-2008 11:32 AM

Hi Steve,

These turnings are nice. I can see where making something like this would be fun. Your photography skills are good too. You showcased these mills well.

By the way they will make nice gifts.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-10-2008 02:39 PM

Steve,

Great work; the grains patterns are outstanding!

I’m not familiar with your “Nick Cook” reference; would you please expand upon that?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 03-10-2008 02:43 PM

Very sharp looking designs Steve

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#7 posted 03-10-2008 05:25 PM

really great looking mills. I like the shapes.
I think I prefer the colors in the first picture.

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#8 posted 03-10-2008 09:10 PM

Really nice, Steve.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 03-10-2008 09:16 PM

those are cool. if you do give them to people I’m sure they’ll love them.

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#10 posted 03-10-2008 11:55 PM

While at Pike’s Place market in Seattle recently I saw someone selling pepper and salt mills made with various laminated woods. The designs are different but the concept the same. They were selling them for @ $200 each. They must sell otherwise they wouldn’t keep a booth open.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#11 posted 03-11-2008 03:07 AM

Chris and others,

Thanks for the nice comments! $200!!! In my dreams – then again I am not marketing nor do I intend to. This is just for my pleasure.

As to Nick Cook; he is a member of the Board for AAW and now an editor, a frequent instructor at Arrowmont and John C Campbell and other schools, and a really nice guy who willingly shares his considerable talent. His web is http://www.nickcookwoodturner.com/ and if you google his name you’ll find many articles providing turning instruction.

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#12 posted 03-11-2008 10:41 AM

Steve, I was looking at peppermill kits on Woodcraft’s website. They listed it as an advanced wood turning project. Did you find it difficult to make these? I would start with a solid block for my first one, so don’t count the laminating.

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#13 posted 03-11-2008 12:33 PM

rikkor I’ve turned a couple of peppermills and they really aren’t that difficult – but you have to follow the instructions pretty closely. From what I can remember your measurements have to be very precise.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#14 posted 03-11-2008 01:03 PM

Thanks Bill.

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#15 posted 03-14-2008 03:41 AM

rikkor, sorry to be delayed in responding – out of pocket for a while. I agree with Bill. Its ‘kinda’ a spindle with holes. I’m a little loose with the vertical dimensions and found that you can easily cut the center rod to fit. I suggest looking for Nick’s article which you can download for free from his site (http://www.nickcookwoodturner.com/articles.htm). He has lots of other stuff for all levels of turners.

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