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Here are a couple more pepper mills I have turned. I don't have the grinding parts installed yet. The 10" one is ambrosia maple. I am post a close up picture to see if anyone can tell me if this is also curly maple. I got the blank for $3.95.
The 6" mill is cherry. Thanks for looking.
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... if anyone can tell me if this is also curly maple.


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Looks like some beautiful curly to me. Nice work.

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Very nice. Love the wood in the top one.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Thanks guys! I was really surprised by the grain of the wood as I started turning it. I have another blank of the same wood that I bought from Klingspor. I hope it is as nice.
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i love cherry wood but i REALLY love the maple one
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Very nice mills.

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Ooooooooooo, curly ambrosia!!!!! Nice!!

I got firehawk's step by step last week and I'm excited to turn my first mill. If my darn chuck would ever get here!!

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Ooooooooooo, curly ambrosia!!!!! Nice!!

I got firehawk's step by step last week and I'm excited to turn my first mill. If my darn chuck would ever get here!!
I know what you mean. I am wanting to wait until I get the new chuck insert to see if that corrects the problem of it coming loose. I did not expect much form the blank when I bought it. It was cheap and I thought it would be good to practice on. I am going back to Klingspor this Sat for a turning club meeting. I am going to pick up a couple more blanks.
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How did you drill for the mechanism?

Nice mills. I think I actually like the cherry a bit more.
Do you predrill the blank with the DP, or do you mount a bit in the tailstock?

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Nice mills. I think I actually like the cherry a bit more.
Do you predrill the blank with the DP, or do you mount a bit in the tailstock?
I turn the blank round, cut a tenon on it and mount it in a chuck. Using drill bits in the tail stock I drill the hole.
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Looks good Tom.
Sometimes maple will surprise you. Don't ever doubt a cheap piece of wood, those ones usually turn out the best.
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Looks good Tom.
Sometimes maple will surprise you. Don't ever doubt a cheap piece of wood, those ones usually turn out the best.
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Thanks Mike. I still don't know what I am doing. I go in the shop with a shape I want and I don't get it. I keep cutting till I get something I like, but not what I wanted. To quote Forest Gump "pepper mills are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get".
I just joined a turning club. I hope to learn more from attending the meets. Also, they have designated mentors.
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wow now that is curly big time!

nice job.

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Thanks Mike. I still don't know what I am doing. I go in the shop with a shape I want and I don't get it. I keep cutting till I get something I like, but not what I wanted. To quote Forest Gump "pepper mills are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get".
I just joined a turning club. I hope to learn more from attending the meets. Also, they have designated mentors.
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Tom,
if you are having trouble with the shapes, either look at pics you can find on the web, and/or sketch them out on a piece of graph paper then just transfer your marks over to your blank once you have it turned into a cylinder. The guys at the turning club should be able to steer you in the right direction.
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