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post #1 of 3 Old 04-20-2012, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
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Single peice salt shakers-how to

New to turning! I want to make a single peice salt shaker, drilling the inside out from the bottom, drilling the shaker holes maybe 1/32 in the top. Please help me through the mounting process to be able to work top and bottom. Is making a wood mandrell to fit inside after drilling out the bottom safe or is there another way to accomplish this? After it is finished I just want to install a flexible plug in the bottom. If anyone can walk me through the process I would appreciate it.
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I'd be more inclined to reverse the drilled-out bottom into a jam chuck, but I suppose putting it on a mandrel would work.

Or how about putting onto long chuck jaws in expansion mode?

You'd only be mounting this to finish off a very small area, right?

Start with the blank held in a scroll chuck. The end in the chuck is the top of the shaker. Turn it into a cylinder.

Drill the middle, measure how deep you went using a stick and mark that distance on the outside of the round.

Shape the bottom, shape the sides, start the shape of the top and keep going till there's only a 1/4" or so holding it together.

Sand the outside. Apply friction finish if that's the way you want to go.

Part off the piece, reverse onto the chuck, and finish the top.

Drill the holes for the salt to shake out through last.

That's how I'd do it, I'm sure there are many better ways!

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Do you have a chuck? Nova has some really cool pin jaws that would be perfect for what you want to do.

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