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Mango salt mill

Here is a mango salt mill that I turned today for a friend's dad. Hard to tell from the pic but the bottom is a little flared out too. Sanded to 600 and finished with 4 coats of Doctor's Woodshop high build friction polish and 3 coats of walnut oil carnuba paste wax. Kept it simple in shape to let the spalting and the wood be the focus.
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That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...

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I love that spalting! Looks great!

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I like the simplicity of this one. I made a salt mill once and it rusted all of the mechanisms inside the mill. I also made the mistake of making it out of olive wood and the salt kept drawing the oil from the blank and solidifying the salt. What type of mechanism did you use here for this one. Is it a ceramic grinder? Either way, it's absolutely gorgeous. I have to agree with Tom in that the spalting is awesome. Good call on keeping it simple in design.

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Thanks for the kind words. Yes, the mechanism is ceramic. Only thing metallic is the shaft. Never did a salt mill before. I use lemon oil inside, so we'll see what happens.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Looks good Sawdust,
Where'd you find a piece of mango? Neat looking wood. For the inside bore I usually use lacquer or any clear spray finish in a can. Once it cures, it's good to go.
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I've been looking for a mango peppermill blank for a long time. Finally found two on a site calle Forgotten Woods (www.forgottenwoods.net). Check out their site for their story. They have decent prices and great service. If you're looking for something unusual, they might have it.

I was taught not to use anything oil based inside a peppermill or box as the smell never fully goes away. So far so good with the lemon oil. Plus it smells nice.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Nice mill. I've never heard of the friction polish you use I've been using Mylands.

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Very nice job. mango is one cool look wood.
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The finishes I've been using are from Doctor's Woodshop. I usually get them at my local Woodcraft, but their inventory has been sporty lately, so I order them online now, which with shipping is still cheaper. I really like these different finishes. They're easy to apply and buff up nice. No smell or fumes either.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I used to use the salad bowl finish by general finishes, until I found out that most of the food safe finishes are just thinned down varnish. They dry quickly and the smell goes away in less than a week or so. Just leave the top off while it's curing.
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