Dumb 'ol me started making xmas gifts for my staff and a few select friends a couple of years back and now there's an expectation that this tradition will continue. Towards that end, I'm would like to ask the collective wisdom of the board about the practicality of making approximately 20 peppermill grinders for gifts this year.
Do they take a lot of time to make? Is the level of difficulty very high? How tight are the tolerances? Do the commonly available mechanisms work well? Do you have a preferred vendor? How about type? Any good books or DVDs that you'd recommend? Does the type of wood make any difference?
Admittedly my turning skills are very low. In the past, I've made a number of pens and a few small bowls and other trinkets.
For what it's worth, here's what tools I presently own:
- Jet mini lathe
- Tormek and Wolverine Jigs for sharpening
- Talon chuck, and
- various turning tools.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to confess that in addition to coming up with this years gifts, I'm also hoping to stir my interest to get into turning again.
Thanks in advance.