Looking for an interesting attention getter for your craft sales, a really cool gift for that special friend, or another way to impress your spouse? Have we got a deal for you!!!
Woodcraft is marketing a set of kits of an Antique-Style Pepper Grinders, in Antique Brass or Antique Copper. The process for both is the same, and total time for completion of the project is less than an hour.
- Antique Pepper Grinder kit from Woodcraft
- 3x3x6-in wood, your choice of species
- Cone live center
- Drive Center
- 1 1/16-in Forstner Bit
- Jacobs chuck to fit your tail-stock (#2 morse taper) and/or
- 4” or 6"- Forstner bit extension with #2 morse taper
- Sandpaper selection
- Scroll chuck with #1 jaws (1-in od minimum)
- Tool: Spindle roughing gouge, spindle gouge, parting tool, curved scraper
- Finish of your choice (I use 50/50 shellac for seal coat, and Doctors Woodshop Pens Plus for top coat..awesome finish!!!)
- Locate centers on both ends of your 6-inch blank and mount between centers. Make sure tailstock, banjo and tool rest are locked down in the proper position. Lathe speed should be about 1800 RPM
- Turn the blank to a cylinder of 2 1/4” diameter at the top end..bottom end can be same or a little larger
- Turn a tenon of 3/8” on the bottom, 1 1/2” in diameter. NOTE: if you have another scroll chuck with the #2 jaws, you can make the tenon 2 1/4 "- 2 1/2” in diameter
- Mount the blank to the scroll chuck…verify the centers are lining up by checking with the live center point
- Using the Jacobs chuck or the Forstner bit extension, drill a 1 1/16” hole 4” deep. Clear the shavings out every 1/2 inch or 1-inch
- Remove the drill bit apparatus, reinstall the cone live center in the tailstock, registering into the 1 1/16” hole you have just created
- Shape the outside to what your imagination demands or permits. I find a long gentle cove, about 1/4 or 3/8 inch deep looks and feels good
- The body should be 3 1/2 to 4-inches long…the rest is waste. Remember your hole is 4 ‘ deep
- Sand to your satisfaction
- Apply several seal coats and then at LEAST FIVE COATS of final finish…..make sure you have sanded and finished the top surface
- Measure and mark where you determine the bottom of the hole to be…subtract 1/8 to 1/4 inch (good insurance!!)
- Using the parting tool, and making sure you are at 90-egrees, part through the blank. If you measured well, you run into the hole
- Remount he blank onto the scroll chuck, but now the top is toward the headstock.
- Clean up the bottom surface with the spindle gouge or scraper, sand and finish
- The top mechanism mounts with two screws…a good idea is to drill pilot holes and then screw it down
- You will need to remove and remount the crank…for packaging it is reversed.
So…you have now created a handsome item, usually marketed in craft shows for $35-$65.
Not bad, eh?