|Project by docholladay||posted 370 days ago||787 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
I’ decided that I wanted to make some things to give as Christmas presents this year. Every one can use a good salt & pepper grinder. I decided to make sets of salt & pepper grinders as Christmas presents. Best part, I already had the wood, so all I needed to buy was the grinder mechanisms. I found those online at a good price from Packard Woodworks. I pulled out my lathe, sharpened my chisels and went to work. So far, I have completed 7 sets. I have 4 more sets to go.
1) Picture of all 7 sets that I have completed
2) Picture of 3 made from walnut logs given to me by fellow LJ, Grizzman (thanks Grizz).
3) Left is a set made of a glue up of American Cherry and Brazilian Cherry. Right is a glue up of Red Oak.
4) Left is a glue up of maple and Rosewood. Right is one maple and rosewood and one cherry and rosewood.
These have been a lot of fun. I’m running out of ideas to make each set individual. The finish is very simple. While the piece is still on the lathe, I spin it at high rpm and hold a piece of beeswax against it and let the friction melt the wax into the wood. Then, while it is spinning, simply hold a soft fleece polishing cloth to heat up and polish the wax and rub it into the grain of the wood.
-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc