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post #1 of 11 Old 01-28-2011, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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wood for peppermills

Just wondering... is there any woods out there that AREN'T good for making peppermills out of. I'm going to be making a few that don't need to be pretty, just functional, so I don't need to use nice wood. But I also want to make sure that I'm not using wood that would create a problem for me.

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Ok, so I'll assume that woods like oak or poplar are good... i have some shorts of those that I can use.... anyone disagree?

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I don't see why oak would be a problem, but i can see poplar being a bit of a problem because of it's softness. I'm thinking that the steel parts would wear on the wood very quickly. The only wood I have every had a problem with is olive wood. I made a salt mill out of it and the moisture just never seemed to stop coming out of it. It just clogged the salt into a big chunk. The oak sounds like it would be a great idea though.

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I can't think of any I have had problems with. I have made a few solid poplar ones that actually came out pretty nice. The metal parts don't really rub on the wood. Try getting some pieces of hard maple. Usually you can find some with some figure to them. They will turn out very nice. Cherry is always a good choice. Mix up some maple and cherry, maple and walnut, or cherry and walnut. All will look nice. I haven't turned any oak ones, nothing wrong with that.
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i would avoid yew and olive wood
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Hi MikeS, just curious why? I have some of both and don't want to screw up, somehow.
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yew is poisonous so its better to be safe than sorry

olive wood is nice wood but its incredibly oily when wet and when it dries it usually has lots of crack in it, if you have a good piece of olive wood that is dry and crack free then use it, but it would suck if you were nearly finished making your first mill and it broke apart from unpredictable olive
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The first mill I made was cherry and purple heart, the second was cherry and walnut, and the one I am working on now is mahogany and paduk. have had no problems yet.

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Thanks, MikeS. I'll figure some other use for the yew. It's really not very hard, anyway, so I'm not really sure what I'll do with it. I got a 2" slab from the center of a full tree trunk and thought it was a good deal ($10 for a 5' long piece, tapering from about 16" down to 12") but I've just been dragging it around with me for the last 8 years...

The olive is still in growing trees, but I am planning to do some major limbing next fall and can't bear to waste the wood. Maybe I'll just make cutting boards from it. My wife's favorite cheese board is a 1-1/2" thick slab of olive with natural edges and a handle band-sawn into one end.

So what about eucalyptus? Is it food safe? (Maybe I should have started a new "food safe woods" thread?)

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So what about eucalyptus? Is it food safe? (Maybe I should have started a new "food safe woods" thread?)

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Rather than start a new thread, just do a forum search ... the topic has been beat to death.

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could you please post the results of your food safe search on this thread, i would quite like to know how many woods are food safe.
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