Don't throw away that worn out pepper mill !!! Recycle it into a spinning top.

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Project by Scott posted 12-06-2012 09:50 PM 1378 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When your pepper grinder quits, just strip off the outside, leaving the square center shaft and the round top. Yes, the square shaft works just fine in the the proverbial round hole. You need to file down the nut on top of the mill, since it has a large flat spot, so file it to a point.

It won’t spin with just your fingers, because it is a little heavy, so build a handle, and add a string. You don’t need to drill a hole in the shaft, you can just wrap the string onto itself, overlapped on the first wrap.

Voila, a one hour project.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#1 posted 12-06-2012 09:54 PM

Brilliant idea.

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 10:38 PM

I’m in! Looks like fun.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#3 posted 12-07-2012 10:02 AM

I’m impressed—it’s a brilliant idea!

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#4 posted 12-08-2012 07:07 AM

I want to try this one wow what a neat idea you came up with.

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#5 posted 05-27-2013 07:31 PM

Good work
Love tops of any kind

-- Quicksilver

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