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    pepper mills

    ok first question,
    which mechanism is the best, ceramic or steel and what ever, in your opinion and why?

    and show me your best one also a salt version

    and finally i have asked a couple of folks this, but it is relative to this thread and that is the blank size needed to make one..
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    I like ceramic. But, have never made a peppermill.
    Ask Dale why.
    Hint: I can be pretty obstinate.

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    Is this the prelude to you getting one of them spinny things and surrendering to the world of spinnys.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Is this the prelude to you getting one of them spinny things and surrendering to the world of spinnys.
    ABSOLUTLY NOT!!!!! just got an alterior motive that cannot be devulged at this time..
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    wit kwestins liek dat, i tink larry is a sekrit spinny guy...
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    Dan he will come out of hiding sometime. But if he did just think of the consequences who else would be so much fun to fun at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    ok first question,
    which mechanism is the best, ceramic or steel and what ever, in your opinion and why?

    and show me your best one also a salt version

    and finally i have asked a couple of folks this, but it is relative to this thread and that is the blank size needed to make one..
    Hey Larry,
    You know for a guy who doesn't run a lathe, you seem awfully curious about all the process... I think you are really a closet turner...

    To answer questions, I like the ceramic/crush grind mechanisms.. they allow for more creativity in the design, you are less restricted in measurements (I tend to be one of those guys who gets the procedure backwards... measure once and cut twice - then it's still too short ?? )
    As for blank size... between 3 or 3.5 and 4 inches square x about 12 inches long...
    Haven't done much in the way of a salt version, but here is one of mine that won an honorable mention at a local judged art show... this one is almost a foot tall... I used a separate piece of wood for the top. The body is a glue up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    wit kwestins liek dat, i tink larry is a sekrit spinny guy...
    jist answer the gestions and kwit pokun at me i aint dizzy and i dun got a good motive and who knows yu might profit from your replys

    and thanks chuck for your response you read the directions well on this dan needs glasses
    Last edited by larry merlau; 06-19-2009 at 02:05 PM. Reason: added info
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    Larry,

    I like the ceramic ones for 3 reasons. 1. They can be used for salt with no worries of corrosion, 2. They do not have the nut at the top, giving you freedom in the designs of the top, and 3. The shafts are trimmable allowing for easy variations in mill height.

    The blank size I have used so far is 3.5" square and 12" long for 8.5" tall mill. Which left enough extra for my "resting station" on my recent purpleheart mill , which I feel is my best so far.

    I have not made a specific salt mill yet, but any of the ones I have done can be either or. I have been commissioned to make a matching salt/pepper mill set like the purpleheart one. I plan to align the lamination of the cap so that the dark wood is on top of the pepper and the light wood is on top for the salt mill for easy ID.

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    and another read the directions thanks for you input keith..
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
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