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Item 146928
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All Things Pepper - Pepper Mill CrushGrind Mechanism Ceramic Shaft


Because these CrushGrind® mechanisms are ceramic, they will grind salt, pepper and spices. A bottom-mounted locking grind adjustment knob eliminates the need for an adjustment knob on top of the...

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Because these CrushGrind® mechanisms are ceramic, they will grind salt, pepper and spices. A bottom-mounted locking grind adjustment knob eliminates the need for an adjustment knob on top of the mill, and the snap-in fitting does not require the use of metal fasteners. This lack of restrictions opens up a whole new world of design possibilities for woodturners. Complete illustrated mounting instructions are included, both have a 25-year manufacturer's warranty. This mechanism is manufactured for traditionally designed mills. However, as a result of the bottom-mounted locking grind adjustment knob, a metal adjustment knob at the top of the mill is not required. This gives you the freedom to create new and innovative stopper designs. This mechanism can be mounted using the built-in "catchers" or glued in place. The top is fixed into the stopper, which can be removed to refill the mill. Mill height can range from 5 to 12 inches.

  • Ceramic mill design can be used with pepper, salt and spices
  • 25-year manufacturer's warranty
  • Unlimited design options
  • Wood or man-made material sold separately

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14 Reviews
  1. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Excellent Product -- weak instructions

    As a machinist, I'm accustomed to working accurately. For example, 1 9/16" inches is 1.5625". If you bore the pepper mill to this diameter as instructed, there is virtually NO interference between the mechanism (which has ridges designed to form grooves in the barrel) and the wood - it's gonna spin sooner or later. And that's assuming your 1 9/16" Forstner bit (or whatever you use) doesn't leave a slightly oversize hole - in which case you will have ruined your entire project. My first mill works but may not last. So in making my SECOND mill I measured everything and came up with my own drawings. The bore diameter should be 1.535", for example, NOT 1 9/16". Also, Woodcraft wants you to buy their special tool to make the groove inside that retains the upper and lower mechanisms - so they don't provide accurate dimensions for the depth or width of that groove. Figuring this stuff out isn't rocket science - just know you SHOULD second guess the supplied instructions. One built, the mechanism itself is very good - a nice even and positive grind of pepper (and no doubt, salt as well.)

  2. 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Doesn't use Standard US bit sizes

    I had decided to make this pepper mill from a Woodcraft bag that I bought a few years ago. I use the lathe off and on and am also in the process of relocating my shop and a few lathes. I reviewed the list of bit sizes needed and had to buy a few although I have maybe 10 or so forstener bits already. The 1 9/16" size is not standard and couldn't find it anywhere in the short time I had available. I did buy the Cryogenic grove tool and it was perfect for this kit. However, the lack of the 1 9/16" bit me in the butt. I used a 1 3/8 bit and tried to make the hole bigger but as I am not good at scraping in small holes it seemed to take me hours to get it right. I have one more of these kits with the plastic pieces and may never use it due to the size problems, and as others mentioned maybe finding a metric bit would work. I think I'll stick with the stainless steel kits in the future.

  3. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    This product needed a current review. Unlike the previous reviews that stated the need for metric drill bits the instructions I recieved are in standard US sizes. Followed the instructions and things came out great. Made my own groove cuter. Only problem was when I didn't follow instructions and cut the shaft to short. That one is for the next pepper mill.

  4. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Make a Nice Gift

    Both my sons are getting married soon, and I turned this salt & peppermill set for the eldest. Happy with how these came out, I'm starting a set for the younger son now. I used the "trim & glue" method to assemble these rather than getting metric forsner bits and turning the internal grooves. Drilling, turning, and finishing were no problem, having to trim the plastic was a bit of a pain (but better than having to get metric bits and turn the internal groove, in my estimation). The trickiest part was my addition of the celtic knot decoration. The key to getting it to match up exact is to have the decorative insert be exactly the same width as the kerf you cut (in this case I did two blade widths on each band - the set for my younger son is using a single blade width kerf). Making these has been and enjoyable project.

  5. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Best Pepper Grinding I've Done

    The included instructions tell you to modify the grinder mechanism, removing the locking tabs so it can be glued in. I didn't do that, instead measuring all the critical elements then boring the diameters to size and length then cutting the locking tab grooves. You need to be aware that cutting the internal locking tab grooves will require a special tool. I ground my own, and there are now commercial versions available. Everything assembeld well and I didn't have to use glue. The first time I used the finished peppermill was a revelation - I had no idea what a good grinder could do. The result was a shower of perfectly ground pepper. I've since made several more mills and tried grinding sea salt with equally impressive results. As for the assembly method I use (also as per MFR instructions I found online) opposed to the included instructions to modify the grinder and glue it in I can't say which is best. Beginners would likely find it easier to modify and glue instead of dealing with an extra tool and cutting precise internal grooves. I think I should say using this mechanism in a project is definitely NOT for those just starting out. It requires quite a few advanced skills and an array of drill bits and turning tools. Overall, this is an excellent grinder mechanism.

  6. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Challenging to turn and fit the guts

    I found it tricky to cut the grooves. I didn't use glue to hold the mechanism. The instructions could be a bit better, and more info on adjusting the grind mechanism to control ground pepper size would help. Fun to turn and I can only get better with the next one.

  7. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Good product, instructions not so good

    This is a quality item, but since I had never made a pepper mill, I was counting on the instructions to guide me and found them lacking clarity. I found written instructions and videos online that helped so I'm satisfied with the results. This kit would be much easier to use if the diameters matched common Forstner bit sizes. As it is, you have to drill undersized holes and then carefully enlarge the holes with a scraper or trim the pepper mill to fit.

  8. 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    Poor instruction. All metric

    Instruction are all in metric. Requires purchess of special Dia bits

  9. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Works fine

    My first pepper mill. Works great. Instructions adequate. I like the bottom adjustment and no knob on top. Time will tell to see how well it holds up to daily use.

  10. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The only pepper mill mechanism I use.

    I use this and the shaft less ceramic grind mechanism exclusively. Very versatile for design variety, customers receive them well, very useful for both pepper corns and sea salt.

  11. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Best on the market, have used them all.

    Have made over 20 pepper mills and this is the best mechanism on the market.

  12. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The finest ceramic mechanisms in the world!

  13. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    I have not found a better quality mechanism and the plus is it can be used for salt grinding and other spices.

  14. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Pepper grinder

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