Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cuero, Texas--not far from the Third Coast
Sycamore crush/grind-new way & a Pin
I was supposed to do chores, etc this weekend but when I walked into the shop, there were these pieces of wood that weren't doing anything. Needless to say-- I took care of the wood.
I'd seen on another forum that another turner had been thinking about another way to do make crush/grind PM's without as much intricate turning and lots of measuring using PVC instead to connect the top with the mechanism. Used a 3/4 inch coupling with a pin to secure it to the bell, and PVC from there to the top. PVC is notched on top--that a tenon from the top fits into. I now have one that turns easily yet stays on.
The wood I had on hand was spalted Sycamore (which btw splits easily [
and that coupled with a couple of mental lapses involving drilling barrels--took me 3 tries to get a mill. The rolling pin was my "relief" project.
Mill is ~ 8 in, The mill and salt shaker are finished with wop, pin with mineral oil. Not sure how a Sycamore rolling pin will do since it's such a lightweight wood--but it sure is pretty.
Everyday--learning to liberate nice things from ordinary chunks of wood
and I like gnarly wood--outcome is always better than the start.