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Project by ChuckV posted 768 days ago 1255 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife requested one of these. They are for sale for $18. I made this one with a piece of maple from the scrap pile. I finished it with General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish mixed with an equal amount of mineral spirits. I choose this because it was left over from my recent cutting board.

Why did I make this?

Here it is in place:

This is not an ice cream maker. It is a grain mill that my wife uses to grind wheat and corn. The lid is meant to keep out dust and, according to the site selling the lid, rodents. I guess that it would be quite a mess if you started grinding before noticing that there was a rodent in the hopper.

-- “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” ― Mark Twain

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#1 posted 768 days ago

That is a great looking old(?) mill! A little history would be cool.
Is it for “production” or personal use?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 768 days ago


The mill is fairly new. It is a great machine made is the US;

It is for our own use. My wife uses the resulting flour to make bread and such.

-- “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” ― Mark Twain

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#3 posted 768 days ago

A great idea for a cover Chuck. Now if I get that mill that means I will have to plant wheat this spring.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 768 days ago

Ah so. Interesting.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#5 posted 768 days ago

simple and cool.

as for the rodent, instead of flour you could have meatballs.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 768 days ago

But then again, Chuck, I”m sure that Robin (being the radical farm gal she is) would serve up a tasty rodent!

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#7 posted 768 days ago

sweet lid for a fine lookin grinder

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#8 posted 768 days ago

Like you said a quick fix. good job,

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#9 posted 768 days ago

Nice solution. I am sure a much better fit then the ones available for sale and lends a more decorative touch to it as well.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#10 posted 768 days ago

Rodent meat balls ? rodent hamburger patties ? Been to Taco Bell or McDonalds lately ? Throw a little red sauce on those meatballs along with oil-cheese and turkey (?) pepperoni, and you have Subways latest offering ! You folks won’t have to consider competing with the fast food giants, since you now have a wunnerful, good lookin’ safety lid… Too bad there is no Handsome safety lid available to Corporate Ag. interests to prevent pink slime meat products ! Oh well… that doesn’t detract from the snappy maple lid ! Nice job Chuck !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#11 posted 767 days ago

My guess is keeping rodents out is more about what they leave behind after eating some grain, than accidentally grinding up rodents…

Looks very practical to me. I sure love homemade wheat bread. Yum! You’re one lucky man.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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