Mini Salt & Pepper mills

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Project by JJones98042 posted 11-26-2012 05:22 PM 1487 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a matched set of mini salt and pepper mills that I turned this weekend. It was my first attempt at making a project like this (mills). I used figured maple for the salt mill, and walnut for the pepper mill. The mechanisms are from PSI. The finish is a Shellac/Walnut Oil friction polish for seal and shine.

Thanks for looking. :)

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 09:50 PM

Cute and neat!

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 09:54 PM

Fishinbo, Please stop advertising.

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#3 posted 11-27-2012 07:21 AM

They look awsome!

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 12:38 AM

Bring on the seasoning in those fine fine salt n pepper shakers. Very nicely done. Gr8 wood combos. Easy to figure which is which.

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

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#5 posted 11-28-2012 02:47 AM

can i get a breakdown on how that finish is used?? thanks

-- wiser1934, new york

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#6 posted 11-28-2012 05:49 AM


The finish is shellac, walnut oil, and carnuba wax premix finish that I bought from my local Woodcraft store.

For the walnut mill, I did an initial “wet-sanding” usingh the finish with 400 grit sandpaper to fill the pores since walnut has such open grain.

After sanding through 400 grit, I began applying the finish using a paper towel. I had the lathe running about 400 RPMs and applied it pretty generously to produce a nice shine. After allowing it to sit for a minute or so, I would use the same portion of the paper towel and a fair amount of pressure (still around 400RPMs) to generate heat and dry/harden the finish. I applied about 6 coats like that.

I may add a water-poly final coat later if this one doesn’t prove durable enough for practical use. I’m learning as I go here. :)

Let me know if you’d like more details.

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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