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Some more Peppermills and meet my new horse...

I glued up enough blanks for thirteen peppermills for the upcoming holiday season. Here's some pics of the first four. They are made from maple, purple heart, blood wood, canary wood, and lyptus. Also at the end is a picture of my new horse, Mr. Ed. I didn't make it, I actually bought it down in Punta Cana last week when my wife and I were there for our 30th anniversary. I don't know what kind of wood it is, but it seemed neat and I had to take him home. He doesn't eat much, and cost only 20.00.
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Mike those are really nice looking peppermills. I plan to make a few sets of salad bowls for a couple of friends for Christmas. I would like to make peppermills to go with them. Any advice for a new turner would be appreciated. Where do you get the hardware or mechanical parts?
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Eugene,
You can get the peppermill parts from rocklers, woodcraft, craft supply, etc. They come in different sizes. Most of the ones I make use the 10" kit. I have made up to a 24" one. When you get ready to do one, let me know, I'll email the particulars. They're fun to make and not that hard as long as you do things in the right order.
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Mike, great work as always! I showed your pictures to my wife and she loved them. I think I'm gonna have to make a few myself. Do any of the woods you mentioned bleed over at all into the lighter colored woods next to them when you are finishing them? I ask because I bought a piece of Padauk to make some pen blanks out of this weekend and asked the guy at the store how it turned and he said very good but you can get bleed over into something like maple if you are using a friction polish. Just made me wonder if woods such as bloodwood does the same thing? I may take you up on your offer to Eugene re:your techniques for peppermills if you don't mind, too.

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You have to be a little careful with bloodwood, like paduuk when using it next to a light wood like maple. I sand a little more carefully in these situations. I stop at 400. Blow off the wood with an air nozzle and then buff(burnish lightly) with a clean dry cloth. I used lacquer for the basecoat while it was still on the lathe. I put some on a piece of cloth and wipe it on while the piece is spinning at around 8-900 rpms. If the cloth comes up with a little bit of red on it, I use a different spot or new cloth for the second and third coats. The lacquer dries in seconds. I haven't been getting any bleedover by doing this, but I think it is the sanding and dusting with the air nozzle that really does it. After I let the piece sit for 5-10 minutes, I hit it on a Beale wheel setup, two buffs, and finally carnuba wax. Gives is a nice smooth feel and a nice shine. I will type up some instructions for making the peppermills so I can email them to whomever wants them. It'll probably take me a few days to get that done. I'll let you know.
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some peppermills

FANTASTIC work there Mike.Could I take you up on that offer of assistance.
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Mike, nice work. What's the wood on the far right of the pictures, with the pink in it? I know I've seen that wood here before but can't remember what it is.
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That's a piece of box elder that I got from the Texas Timber man. I'm keeping that one for my collection. As far as making the peppermills go, I am going to try and take some pictures as I go on the next one and put it all together and then post it. I think that will be better than written instructions.
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Awesome!
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Hey! sign me up for those instructions too! I've been bitten by the turning bug and would love to try out a pepper mill!

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