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Salt and Pepper Box Finished

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Project by dansnow posted 217 days ago 829 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished the “Pepper & Salt” box I posted earlier. A local catering Chef ordered it for himself for Christmas. It’s layered poplar and black walnut, exterior finish is lacquer, the interior is finished with butcher block oil.
This is the first time I’ve tried using rare earth magnets in a project, and man, those are energetic little suckers! I used the 1/4” size, one in the lid, one in the body. I’ve no concern about it staying closed when he packs it to take to a job.

Thanks for looking, and Merry Christmas everyone!!

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 217 days ago

Very cool

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 217 days ago

Absolutely NEAT!

-- just rjR

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#3 posted 217 days ago

That turned out very nice. I am sure he will enjoy it.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 216 days ago

Neat, looks good.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 216 days ago

Nice work.
My wife and gourmet cook only wanted a Salt cellar. She says she uses fresh ground pepper from the pepper mill not pre-ground pepper that looses it’s kick. Maybe the second one could be set up for something else?

-- Les B, Oregon

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dansnow

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#6 posted 216 days ago

Thanks folks.

Change the lettering on the lids and it could be for anything that strikes ones fancy.

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#7 posted 216 days ago

Great little piece you’ve created here. So did you line the magnets up then? I’ve not tried that, and can only imagine how shut that lid would stay. When I’ve used the rare earth magnets as closures, I’ve put screws across from them. The last project I used them on was a spice rack I have not yet posted that a friend commissioned. They wanted it all black, so I ended up using drywall screws and covered the magnets over with black epoxy. When done this way, you can also slightly modify the holding power of the magnets by either screwing or unscrewing the screw a bit.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 216 days ago

I also tend to only use freshly-ground black pepper, although I only cook for 2-8 people at a time, so I don’t need a ton of pepper at once, as a caterer would.

I’m thinking though that I could use a dual salt cellar, as we tend to keep both kosher salt and sea salt on the counter together for different purposes/uses. I’d maybe change it to a “S” for sea salt and a “K” for kosher salt. We use several other finishing salts as well, but they live in the counter in smaller jars or bags.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 216 days ago

I lined them up, and they hold very well. Since the motion to open the lid is a shearing one, they open with moderate finger pressure, but it takes a real hard knock on the side before they even think about opening.

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#10 posted 216 days ago

Sounds like a plan to me!!
One thing I forgot to mention is that the lids are 2 layers of 1/4” with the grain set at 90 degrees to each other. I’m hoping this will eliminate cupping, and give greater durability to the pivot area if the lid gets hit while open.

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts

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