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post #1 of 5 Old 04-17-2012, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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This project started quite a while ago with a semi wet blank. I rough turned the blank, dipped the ends in wax and then weighed it. I weighed this once a week until it stopped losing weight. Once the weight was stable for 4 weeks, I turned it and this is the finished product. This is a 12" pepper mill and I had to use the drill press to drill it because my Delta 46-460 wouldn't take it. I still managed though. This one is for my wife and she loves it.
Thanks to all those that were involved in the questions during the drying period and thanks to my friend that sent me the blank. You all know who you are and I sincerely thank you .
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Awesome! Been patiently waiting for this one. Turned out great. Aren't you glad you didn't rush this one? What did you mean your lathe couldn't take this one?
Every time I see some nice flame box elder I tell myself, "self, you gotta get some of that". And yet I still haven't (got too much other good stuff to turn).

Keep on turning out these beauties and your scroll saw will become your second favorite tool ;-p

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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your peppermill turned out very nice. Pretty piece of box elder. Good things are worth waiting for. I have had a couple that I thought were dry but must have still had a little moisture trying to get out. They will warp out of round every so slightly. You'll notice that the top gets hard to turn or binds in a couple of spots. If that should happen, just take the lower section and rechuck it. Take just a hair off the tenon that the top turns on. Just enough to true it back up. It will work fine after that. Waiting to see the next one.
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Thanks Mike, that's great advice. As for the 46-460 not taking the blank, this was a 12" mill. Chuck the blank, add the tail stock and the drill chuck, the forstner bit etc and the bed just wasn't long enough. I had to build a simple jig to hold the blank in my drill press for drilling. After that, I was fine. Truth be told, drilling it on the drill press was much easier and I got a perfectly centered hole. It was even perfectly centered over 9" out the bottom. Here's a pic.

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Got it. Forgot you sold the larger lathe and are working on a midi.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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