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richgreer

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01-04-2011 04:17 PM

I’m sure most turners have made a few pepper grinders, including myself.

I have always used the traditional stainless steel mechanism. Now I see that there is a new crusher grinder mechanism made out of porcelain. I also see that it is available with or without a shaft. I downloaded the instructions and it looks a little more complicated to work with than traditional mechanisms.

I’m curious – - Has anyone tried these and can you comment on how they work?

Thanks in advance for any advice and insight provided.

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


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#1 posted 01-04-2011 04:46 PM

I have no knowledge or suggestions. But I have never had a pepper mill last long enough to justify the price. So if you figure out if there are truly robust mechanisms, then a pepper mill will be one of my first projects if I ever get a lathe, which I probably will.

Thanks…......

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 04:54 PM

Sorry Rich, I have heard something somewhere about the ceramic grinder, but can’t remember where or what (old age setting in?). For those of you looking for a stainless steel grinder, I have found the ones made by ‘Peugeot’ to be a good quality. My local woodworking store sells them, so you might have them there too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 04:57 PM

Thanks Mike. Not ready to build one now, but maybe sometime this year with a lot of luck….............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 05:20 PM

FWIW – Regarding conventional, stainless steel mechanisms I have observed quite a variation in quality. The best I have found are from Woodturners Supply – -

http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/store/Projects___Pepper___Salt_Mills___Deluxe_Pepper_Mill_Mechanism___dlx_pep_mill?Args=

I give pepper grinders as gifts and I have never received a report of one failing. Of course, some may have failed and the recipients didn’t tell me.

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

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 06:54 PM

Thanks Rich.

I might be tempted to make a square one before I get a lathe…..............(-:

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 01-04-2011 07:00 PM

Jim – Cut off the corners with your TS and make an octagonal one. That would be more comfortable to use.

Go even crazier and cut of the corners a second time and make a 16 sided pepper mill.

Rich

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

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#7 posted 01-04-2011 08:55 PM

I’ve been using a Peugeot pepper mill for 30 years now and it’s still going great, and I use a lot of pepper.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 01-04-2011 09:36 PM

Can one buy a Peugeot pepper mill mechanism (without buying the whole pepper mill)? If so, where?

Just curious – Is this the same company that once produced a Peugeot car?

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

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#9 posted 01-04-2011 10:46 PM

Interesting thought Rich, I may get there yet.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 01-04-2011 11:09 PM

Rich…

The porcelain can shatter when dropped on a concrete floor. Ask me how I know.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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#11 posted 01-05-2011 12:27 AM

Jim – - Throw in a taper and you’ll have the neatest non-turned pepper mill around. Make the bottom taper in as it goes up and make the top taper in as it comes down. Can’t wait to see it.

Originally I proposed this as a joke and now I am thinking that I should try it myself.

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

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#12 posted 01-05-2011 06:55 AM

OK Rich, just got home from a day at work. But yes, I am thinking about doing this too.

.......I really want a working pepper grinder…......(-:

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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