Graceful Pepper and Salt Mills
Few woodturnings see as much everyday use in the home as salt and pepper mills. Aesthetically, you want a pair that features graceful lines and feels good in the hand. My design incorporates smooth flowing curves, V-grooves that hide the base/top seam, and a rounded top that’s easy to grasp and twist. Here, because the stainless steel mechanism for the pepper mill and the ceramic mechanism for the sea salt mills are similar, you can follow the same turning instructions and tapered design to shape both. To differentiate between the two, I chose contrasting woods: African mahogany for the pepper mill and lighter colored figured maple for the salt mill. While mill grinding mechanisms come in several sizes up to 14", I decided on the ones suited for 6"-high turnings. (See the Convenience-Plus Buying Guide.) You’ll need a 3 × 3 × 63⁄4" blank for each mill. I advise ordering the mechanisms in advance to have on hand during the turning process. Consider ordering extras if you’re in the gift-giving spirit. Now, gather up the needed tools below and boring bits and let’s get turning. It should take three to four hours to make and finish one mill.
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