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    Peppermills (and a question)

    ave tried. The first one is black cherry from a lof my FIL gave me. It is still a little wet so I'm trying to get it dried in the next couple days.


    Here is a pic of the first top I tried for this one. I'll let you use your imagination as to why I didn't want to use it!


    And here's the second one I tried. I'm much happier with this one!


    I haven't put the mechanisms in yet and still need to put a finish on them, which leads to my question. What type of finish do you guys recommend for a peppermill? I was thinking of clear Deft, but was wondering about putting BLO on first to pop the grain a little. What say ye?

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    As they will be handled a lot, I'd not do much more than wax, or an oil finish, I'd worry with all the handling that any built up finish would suffer in the long run.

    Love the third one!
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    Thanks Stu! I really like the way the last one came out too!

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    Ed I use General Finishes Seal-A-Cell and Arm-R-Seal on mine. They have held up real well. I really like that second one. Well done.
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    The second one is absolutely beautiful!
    Beautiful job on some beautiful wood, Ed.

    The first top you tried on the other one? Hmmm....

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    Ed,
    I've used BLO or Watco Danish oil to pop the grain, but usually finish with something harder .. I like the Watco Butch Block finish... it's kinda glossy and seals well... also have used a Varethane finish on a couple. Haven't had any complaints on this process.

    Interesting where your mind may have been on the first one??

    On the second, did you do the glue up or was this a store bought blank... I like the combination of woods.

    What type of mechanism are you using... from the shape, I would guess it might be a crush grind.. I use that mech almost exclusively.
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    Hi Ed,
    ED! We are going to have to have a little chat!!!!!!! About design!!!
    Next Issue.......
    Real nice work. Do you buy a complete insert, and if so how do you hollow the inside? Brace and bit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Ellis View Post
    Ed,
    I've used BLO or Watco Danish oil to pop the grain, but usually finish with something harder .. I like the Watco Butch Block finish... it's kinda glossy and seals well... also have used a Varethane finish on a couple. Haven't had any complaints on this process.

    Interesting where your mind may have been on the first one??

    On the second, did you do the glue up or was this a store bought blank... I like the combination of woods. I did the glueup. Walnut, cherry, and maple. I think the next one will have thinner laminates, but I really like the way that one turned out.

    What type of mechanism are you using... from the shape, I would guess it might be a crush grind. Crush mechanism from Woodcraft. I use that mech almost exclusively.
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    Hi Ed,
    ED! We are going to have to have a little chat!!!!!!! About design!!! Yea, I know I reviewed several other mills online before I tried the second one!
    Next Issue.......
    Real nice work. Do you buy a complete insert, and if so how do you hollow the inside? Brace and bit?
    Shaz
    A couple more and I'll be off and running! I have to get one more done for Christmas. I'll get pics of these when they are finished.

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    Don't forget, you have the ability to carve into them as you did the pen. That uniqueness may be an asset on some.
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    Can't help on the finishing question, but wanted to chime in that I like the laminated one. Spice mills are another one of the things on my "list" to do sometime in the future.
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