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Forum topic by richgreer posted 12-23-2010 06:29 PM 1009 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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richgreer

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12-23-2010 06:29 PM

When I turn a pepper mill I start by drilling the holes on my drill press. I then mount the block on the lathe and turn the outside. A chuck with the small jaws fits the top (of the bottom part) fine and I have a tail piece that fits the bottom well. I turn the bottom and the top of the pepper mill as two separate operations.

I just saw a video on this site and the guy drilled the holes after turning the outside.

http://lumberjocks.com/daddymunster/blog/17300

I don’t think there is a right way and wrong way to do this. To some degree it’s personal preference and your decision may be influenced by the tools you have.

I’m curious – What do other turners of pepper mills do – holes before or after turning the outside?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.


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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 06:20 PM

I am kinda interested in what people will say. I don’t have a lathe, but of course I am thinking about it. But I have no experience….....so justi being a voyeur. Have a good Holidays, Rich….....

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 07:16 PM

Thanks Jim and I wish you, and all other LJs, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Warning – - Turning can become quite addictive. It is a whole different dimension of woodworking. I drift back and forth between flat work and turning. At the moment I am really into turning. I’ve turned many Christmas gifts this year.

I am also curious about how other people turn their pepper mills. I sure wish a few people who turn pepper mills would respond.

Rich

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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lew

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 07:24 PM

Rich,
Here is an idea that sort of combines both concepts of which to do first, turn or bore.
Lew

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#4 posted 12-25-2010 02:05 AM

Hey Lew, that looks like something you would do, with the glue up thing….......gotta get a lathe…......

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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