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    Pepper or Salt mills

    When you guys make either the Pepper or Salt mill do you treat the inside of the mill with some kind of oil or whatever? Or just clean it out real well?

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    On the ones I've made, I either left the inside bare or hit it with shellac. I don't think using any kind of oil would be a good idea unless it was a hardening oil that was fully cured.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    I leave almost all of mine bare... I just run a large bottle brush through the hole to clean the dust out... I do hit the inside of the spalted woods with something because people get funny if you tell them the spalting is from a fungus.... funny thing is the spalted mills are the first to sell... go figure.
    Tellico Plains, TN
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    If you go looking for trouble, it will usually find you.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Generally I will hit it with shellac on the inside of mine. Couple of coats works just fine.
    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.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    Always manufacturer of mill or grind parts suggests the use of anything on the inside. Take care to use a wood that doesn't stink or can cause allergic reactions.
    Your Respiratory Therapist wears Combat boots

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Schenectady, NY
    I always coat the inside of mine with shellac. Very quick to put a totally safe coating between the wood and the peppercorns or salt. Customers seem to like the idea.
    Don Orr

    Woodturners make the World go ROUND

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