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    Who's turned pepper mills?

    I am thinking of making a couple sets of salt and pepper mills for gifts, but have never tried one. I have a Jet midi lathe. Can I turn the 8" mills or will I have to go with 6". Any issues I need to look out for when I give them a try?

    Thanks for any help and advice!

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    Your size limitation is determined by the distance between centers on the lathe. Isn't the midi about 20"? More than enough.
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    Hi Ed,

    To answer your question, I have made several peppermills on my Jet 1014 mini. All of the mills that I have made have either been 6" or 10". There is plenty of room for the 10" and you could probably go a few inches bigger. Remember, you turn the mills in two pieces, so even on the 10" mill, you are probably only turning an 8" bottom section. I have a Jet 1220 also, and you could probably turn as tall as you wanted to on it. Good luck!

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    Ed,
    I'm new on this forum, but I turn all of my peppermills on a Jet 1014.. I have some up to 12 inches tall.. As Robert said, you actually turn two separate pieces..
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    Not meaning to threadjack, but on a related note...how about one of you guys who've turned a pepper mill or three start a tutorial post with some pics of the steps involved? I'd like to try mills, but haven't actually seen the details (and tips) on making them.

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    Thanks for the info guys. Now, at least, I know it is possible with what I have!

    Vaughn, no worries about thread jacking! I'm all for a tutorial!

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    Ed I have turned a pepper mill or two. Actually 3 sets. If I had it to do over again I would buy one brand of mill instead of two or three different ones. Don't ask me why I did but not knowing I bought one from Rockler, one from Woodcraft and one from CSUSA. I bought one set and it took 4 different forsnter bits. Another took 3. I buy from CSUSA the deluxe ones on page 92 because they only take two bits and are easy to do. Your lathe should do fine. I just made a salt and pepper mill for the kids to match their salad bowl set that I just posted. I made them a salt mill also because they do use sea salt.
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    Thanks for the advise Bernie!

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    pepper mill

    If you go to Nick Cook's web site, he has instructions for a pepper mill that was printed in one of the back issues of American Woodturner. I can't think clear enough now to post a link to his site. Beall also has an instruction book out on making them using sever different types of grinders. I made one for my niece for her graduation from chef school and it was fairly easy. The only thing is the forstner bit issue. The one I did called for a bit you couldn't find in a hardware store, had to be from a woodworking store such as the one who sold you the kit. Luckily at the time I had more money than common sense so I got the set in 1/16 steps.
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    Thanks Dale. I just checked out Nick's web site. lots of good info out there!

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