|Project by USCJeff||posted 10-03-2012 12:43 AM||850 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
The picture is somewhat misleading in that the Pepper Mill was created a long time ago and is posted somewhere back in my project history. At the time, I bought two Rockler 8” kits for the pair. For one reason or another, I made the pepper mill and the salt shaker hardware hung by my lathe for over a year. I got tired of setting out the cheap glass salt shaker next to the mill at meals, so I went back to this one.
Since I used the dark rosewood for the pepper mill, it seemed appropriate to go light for the salt. I used a portion of a maple table leg that I’ve been slowly hacking away for material since it won’t see use again. The finish is a high friction product. The name escapes me.
As far as the hardware, I have mixed feelings as to its quality and function. If you read the reviews on the Rockler site, they get hit pretty hard for lack of instructions. The reality is, there are no instructions. They come with a technical drawing and measurements, but no strategy for how to get it done. Figuring out how to mount the material many different ways made it a bit frustrating as it does require remounting a few times as the holes are drilled and such. The pepper mill mechanism works flawless for me. I’ve been very happy with it. I don’t love the look of the metal shaker top on the wood for the salt, but as a pair, it’s fitting. The rubber stopper used to do the salt fit tightly once filled.
So in short, it can be a pain to figure out what to drill first and how to mount it, but the end result is a quality product. Not like Rockler in my experience. Normally fairly thorough.
-- Jeff, South Carolina