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Project by JJones98042 posted 336 days ago 1118 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are contrasting segmented salt and pepper mills that I just completed.

The pepper mill is made from Walnut and the salt mill is from Ambrosia Maple. I’m really pleased with the colors in the Ambrosia Maple though they didn’t come through that well in the pictures.

The feature rings are made from Curly Maple and Mahogany. Since the segmented rings are relatively thin but I needed 2 of each I decided to make them about 3/4” think to start with. Then parted them each in half on the lathe and ran them through the drum sander for the final thickness (about 1/4”).

The finish is gloss lacquer from a spray can applied on the lathe. The mills are 10” tall and use the Deluxe Hardware from Craft Supplies USA. Each mill consists of 78 separate pieces.

In hindsight, I would probably add a veneer layer at the top and bottom of the feature rings in the main body accent them a bit more. Overall, I’m very pleased with how they came out.

As always, comments are welcomed. Thanks for looking! :)

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





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MasterSergeant

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#1 posted 336 days ago

WOW! super nice!!! Congratulation on a great looking project!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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HillbillyShooter

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#2 posted 336 days ago

Fantastic looking turnings—they really turned out nicely?

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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49bill

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#3 posted 336 days ago

Very nice, great wood choice I hope to try some of these someday hope they turn out as nice as these.
Great job, and superb finish.

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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Diggerjacks

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#4 posted 336 days ago

Hello JJones98042

A fantastic work with a good choice of wood

I like it
Did you use a particular jig to cut all the pieces ?

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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aussiedave

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#5 posted 335 days ago

Wow very nice JJ… an excellent job, beautiful wood and the finish is like glass….well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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John Choponis

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#6 posted 335 days ago

Very nice.

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JJones98042

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#7 posted 335 days ago

The jig for cutting the pieces was a zero-clearance fence with stop block (and hold-down) setup for my miter saw. I’ve had pretty good luck with this setup. Given a decent blade, the pieces are ready for glue-up without any additional sanding or fuss.

I have plans to make a jig for cutting small pieces like this on the table saw as well, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. :)

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

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Roger

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#8 posted 335 days ago

Fantastic looking. The design, and the finish are superb

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 333 days ago

Wow! Very elegant looking mills. Like the attractive segments and wood colors and the finish is flawless. Excellent job!

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