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02-01-2014 01:52 PM

I need some advice from people with more experience than I have, and yes, that more than likely means you. I am about to try to turn a peppermill, because conventional torture has list its thrill. I am pretty sure i need calipers for the diameter of the tenon between the top and bottom. Anyone have any recommendation?

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 01:58 PM

You could get by without if you sneak up on the diameter when turning. Shouldn’t be that hard. Otherwise if you have a cheap compass like you can probably buy in the school supply section of any dollar store that would work in a pinch.

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#2 posted 02-01-2014 02:00 PM

You can make your own using some thin sheet goods…..

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#4 posted 02-01-2014 03:29 PM

I know nothing about turning or making a peppermill, but I have this caliper
HF Calipers

When I bought them, I went to a store, and tried a few of them before picking one. Some are smoother than others when you slide it.

Nice thing about this set is that you can switch between metric, digital inches and fractional inches.


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#5 posted 02-01-2014 04:20 PM

+1 on those HF calipers!

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 04:16 AM

Just picked up this of calipers from HF the other night with a coupon for $12. very impressed with the quality so far

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 09:03 AM

Use an open end wrench but make sure it matches your drill bits (they don’t always).


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#8 posted 02-11-2014 03:23 AM

If you want to turn a combination salt (top) / pepper grinder (bottom) you will not need a caliper or a tenon.
Check out the Pepper Mill kits at You will have to drill at 1 1/16 hole the length of your mill and a 1 1/2 inch hole 3/8 deep on top and bottom. That’s the hard part of the project to make sure your hole doesn’t drift. PennState has a PDF instruction sheet for viewing.

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