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New Salt Mill

As promised, this is the salt mill that I finished today. I turned it out of olive wood. The grain is really cool. It is finished with 3 coats of tung oil, then 2 coats of laquer and buffed with the beale buffer. Mrs Kenbo is happy with it and I had fun turning it. I think I'm addicted to turning mills after only my second mill.
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Two may not constitute addicted but if you turn anymore I may have to turn you in. Nice job, it looks like you are getting the hang of it.

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Very nice.

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Looks great!

Now we need a shot... side by side!

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Agree with the side by side shot. That olive wood looks fantastic. That's a nice set you have now. I bet the wife is happy as you say. Nice work Ken
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Really nice Ken, I can't wait to get started on some peppermills. You are stoking the fire! Keep em coming.

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Because it was requested, here is a picture of the two mills side by side. Depending on what angle I took the photo from, the mills look to be different sizes. The salt mill is thinner than the pepper mill and about 1/4" taller. Darned trick photography. Reproduction is not my strong suit yet, but I came close with these ones with the use of a storyboard.
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Looks good Ken,
I think I created a monster. Of cours it wouldn't be the first time. Did you use the hardware kit with the polycarbonate parts for the salt mill? I have a couple sets of them but haven't used them yet. I used a couple of the crush grinder mechanisms made with ceramic grinders. They don't have the metal knob on top. Still waiting to see the layered ones.....
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Mike, what would be the purpose for the polycarbonate parts. This thought is just occurring to me that the salt could possibly rust out the mechanisms. Is this a concern because it wouldn't take much to change the hardware.
Should I possibly change the mechanism to the ceramic type? or are the parts that I have adequate?
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They both look great nice job.

Where have all of you been getting your parts. I looked at PSI but was not sure which parts to buy. Ceramic or poly?
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Kenbo, if they rust you can always just turn a new pair. :)
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I like your train of thought there Frank.

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the polycarbonate or ceramic parts are meant for salt due to the possibility of corrosion. I have never used the regular hardware for a salt mill. You might want to switch the parts just to be on the safe side.
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That's good advice Mike. I think I will go out this weekend and get the ceramice hardware. Hey, then I'll have leftover peppermill parts and I'll have to turn another pepper mill.
This is just getting better and better.
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Nice mills. I will have to try one of those soon.Firehawk sent me the plans so it won't be long now.
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I ordered some crazy looking birdseye juniper wood for some pepper mills, of course I'll practice on some laminated blanks first...

What size are these, and what size blank did you start with?

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These are 8" mills. I started with a 10" long blank that was 3" X 3" for the walnut and the olive wood was 10" long and 2 1/2" X 2 1/2".
I was going to practice at first and then I thought, "what if I really like my practice one?" Jump in with both feet and get wet. You'll do fine. I've seen your work.

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