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First Peppermill

I have been wanting to turn a peppermill for a long time. Due to work and other commitments I did not spend a whole lot of time in the shop last year. I have spent a lot of time in the shop in the last couple of weeks. Here is the peppermill I just finished today. It is made with Cherry and Purple heart. Is has been about two weeks in the making. I had the mechanism but in needed to get the bit extension, and I had to wait for the Purple Heart to turn purple again after I turned it before I could finish it. I had Mike send me his peppermill tutorial last year at this time and am just now getting around to using it. It is a great tutorial, and I probably would not have had the patients to figure it out on my own. So a big thank you to you Mike. I wouldn't have done it without the help of your tutorial. I am very happy with the way it turned out, I am getting ready to start on #2.
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Well done. Ive been wanting to try a couple of those as well.
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I haven't tried one of those yet, either. None of my first anythings come out like that, though. It looks really nice.

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Jason, Thank you, I had a lot of fun making it.

Rob, I was kind of surprised myself. I made sure to take my time so I wouldn't screw it up. I took my probably about 6 or 7 hours all together to get it done, but I kept going back and forth looking at the tutorial on the computer. I wanted to make sure I was following it to the letter. I have started on #2 and it is going a lot faster. They are fun to make and the wife is real happy with her new toy. She gets all of the firsts that I make of things like this.

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AZ, very nice looking pepper mill, if it works half as good as it looks you'll get years of service out of it. Like your design and finish. Great Job!

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Great looking Peppermill,Mike's [aka Firehawk] influence helps but another!

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AZ,
great job. Your peppermill turned out really nice. I like the shape and the racing stripes. I feel like Dr. Frankenstein. "Igor, I've created another monster." Keep them coming, they are a lot of fun.
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Wow!!!! A job well done. That is one spectacular looking pepper mill. You should be proud of that one. It looks top notch!!!
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Thanks for all the nice comments. Mike, the first one took me quite awhile, but I wanted to make sure not to screw it up. I am hooked, I already have #2 about 3/4 of the way done. It is the same design but with Cherry and Walnut. It only took me a year to finally use the tutorial, but you did a great job putting it together. Thank you again.
Ken, I couldn't be happier with it. I am surprised it turned out like it did. I usually end up with fire wood on my first try with things like this, but I think I nailed this one.

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Looks great -- I've been sitting with Mike's tutorial almost as long as you, finally last week I took delivery of some basic lathe necessities (a chuck, for instance) and intend to do something with it. If I manage to achieve something as good as yours I'll be elated

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Duncan, The drill bit extension is crucial to getting it done as well, as I learned once I got started. I made the mistake of ordering one that was only 4" long. It is about 1 1/2" too short. I got lucky and was able to drill from the top down once I parted the top off. It all worked out in the end, but a longer extension is on my list of things to buy on my next order.

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Thanks for the heads-up on this -- I'll try to remember to get one (probably need to buy the drill bit too, unless I accidentally have one the right size.)


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Duncan, The drill bit extension is crucial to getting it done as well, as I learned once I got started. I made the mistake of ordering one that was only 4" long. It is about 1 1/2" too short. I got lucky and was able to drill from the top down once I parted the top off. It all worked out in the end, but a longer extension is on my list of things to buy on my next order.

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The 1 1/16" bit is an odd ball. It will not be in a normal set.

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Did you do the glue up? I love the stripes. Details, man, details...

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It's great! Should last forever! Nothing like fresh cracked pepper either (on anything). Good job.
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Mickit, Yes I glued the blank. I had the 3/8" Purple heart that I ripped to 3" and the cherry is 4/4 also ripped to 3" and all the pieces are cut to 12" long then glued. I just finish one that is cherry and walnut, pics to come later. I am going to try something a little bit different with the next batch. I will post pics if it works. If it woks like I think it is going to, they are going to be cool.

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