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Thread: I don't show my work often, but thought I

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee

    I don't show my work often, but thought I

    would show a few of my pepper mills... I do the ceramic crush/grind mills only... I have too much trouble getting my measurements right on the standard pepper mills... also this gives me some leeway in my designs.

    First is a pepper mill from a board... I had a length of sucupira with some spalting showing in the sap wood... it's beautiful wood...
    I cut the board into 1-1/2 inch strips and glued them around a 1 x 1 inch strip of the same wood... it gives me a striped look to the mill.

    Second is another mill from a board... It's pau santo with a lathe of purple heart and brazilian ebony to fill in the gap when the strips didn't quite meet in my block... the lath strips are pretty subtle, but definitely show up.

    Third is one of two I made that was supposed to be a salt/pepper grinder set... a lady came along and only wanted the one I had thought of as a salt grinder... it had bloodwood between yellowheart as the top... this one has yellowheart between bloodwood... and since they were not an exact match and only a suggestion of a matching set, I sold it separately... the body of these are the corner pieces of a glue up block that I ran through a joiner and matched to make a square... gives the body some different angles.

    Fourth..These two are meant to be a matching set.. one is slightly smaller than the other and again turned from shorter pieces from the glue up block...

    Fifth.. this is a big hunking mill... it's over 13 inches tall. This was taken from the center slice of the block I glued up... I started with a 14 x 12 x 3 inch wide block sliced at an angle... not sure of the angle... I started with measuring the width of the block and marked off every 3 inches, then cut from one corner to the opposite making a triangle and them sliced off the rest on the hypotenuse every 3 inches... the shorter slices were used in numbers 4 and the corners were put together to make number 3... I had two blocks so I could get about 8 pepper mills out of the two blocks.
    Tellico Plains, TN
    My parents taught me to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find any.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Those are fine looking mills.
    I have one started from OO I really should finish.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Those are some fine looking mills, Chuck.
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member
    Member of Mensa
    Live every day like it's your last, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    I've always wanted to make a mill...your's are beautiful Chuck!
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Chuck, those are nice looking mills. I really like the pair.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
    Very nice Chuck. You should show your work more often.

    Examples of work such as yours almost make me want to take up wood turning.
    Cheers, Frank

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Those are beauties Chuck. Really well done.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    Way to go man. I've still yet to do even 1,let a lone that many. good job, and i hope ya sell them all.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Cool mills Chuck you should show more often. I know you spinny guys like round but your number 3 pic is my favorite. Just goes to show we all different us humans. I like the straight edges on that round mill.

    Would like to see a full bloodwood yellow mix.

    You every thought of inlay on the top of a flat top like that. could be a S and a P.

    How about a few grooves on the sides with an indexing and router sled to spice it up. Yeah i am like a rubber band stretching stretching...
    Last edited by Rob Keeble; 10-06-2011 at 12:35 PM.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Kirkintilloch, Scotland.
    Beautiful Mills Chuck
    "Every day's a school day"

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