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Project by ChuckV posted 03-11-2012 03:30 PM 1686 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.

-- “There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness'.” ― Dave Berry

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 04:05 PM

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 procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 04:43 PM


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.

-- “There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness'.” ― Dave Berry

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#3 posted 03-11-2012 10:59 PM

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 03-11-2012 11:19 PM

Ah so. Interesting.

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

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 03:29 AM

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 03-12-2012 03:33 AM

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

-- Harold

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#7 posted 03-12-2012 11:14 AM

sweet lid for a fine lookin grinder

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 03-12-2012 11:20 AM

Like you said a quick fix. good job,

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 03-12-2012 01:12 PM

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 03-12-2012 03:01 PM

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 !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#11 posted 03-12-2012 06:03 PM

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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