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How to finish the top of a Peppermill

I'm struggling to find a good way to finish the top section a Peppermill. I turn the top with a chuck then separate it but don't have a good way to sand. I've been using a pen mandrel but that doesn't work well since the Peppermill hole is bigger than the mandrel causing vibration.

I need some ideas.
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Do you have firehawk's tutorial? If not you can find it on the net.

Sand and finish your PM including the top before you part it all off. Then theres very little to sand and finish afterward.

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A picture would help us know what the top looks like.

a) If the top has a tenon to fit into the main body, grip this in a scroll chuck. It may leave marks, but this part is rarely seen.

b) If the top has a hole for the shaft, typically 1/4in, mount on a 1/4in dia rod. I have a 1/4/in dia shaft for a pen mandrel. I mount in the #1 jaws of my scroll chuck and use plastic spacers on either side to give me access for sanding, or turning.
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Try making your own timber MT to fit your lathe and put a large cone on the other end, this will fit your knob on it. Bring a live centre up to the small hoe and turn between centres.

It will be a friction drive.

On the large cone you can turn a small shoulder if you are worried about pressure splitting the knob. Keep the cone snug enough to keep the work central and the should small enough not to hinder sanding.

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I turn a piece that will fit into the bottom end of the top( a friction chuck). You can run the tail stock up into the shaft hole for part of the final finish. I normal finish the top with a few shear scrapes with a spindle gouge followed by sanding.
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If you would like, I'll send you my peppermill tutorial. It has pictures with an explanation for every step of the process, very easy to follow. Free for the asking. Just send me an email at [email protected]
And I'll reply back with it.
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Mike, I sent you an email for the tutorial, thanks. The pm top has a tenon but my chuck jaws are not small enough to grip it. I'll try the wooden cone for the top, I use a drive tenon on the bottom and that works pretty well.
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Mike, I sent you an email for the tutorial, thanks. The pm top has a tenon but my chuck jaws are not small enough to grip it. I'll try the wooden cone for the top, I use a drive tenon on the bottom and that works pretty well.
Pictures of how you do it or it didnt happen

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Here's how my first couple turned out. Finished them with salad bowl finish, they're just some scraps I had in the shop.

Thanks for the tips and Mike for the tutorial.


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Looking good. They came out very nice.

I love being able to use offcuts. Laminating pieces is a great way to use board offcuts to make turning blanks.
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+1 looks great. Would have loved an in process pic too but the finished job is nice and impressive.

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Very good GM, they turned out nice. Glad to be able to help. Now you'll find they can become addicting.
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