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Salt shakers and pepper mills

I recently started adding pepper mills and salt shakers to my very short list of things I can build, but I don't know how to finish the inside of them, or what to finish it with. What do you all use?
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acrylic would be my choice but you could use most anything.
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Use straight walnut oil or lemon oil wax
http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/st...lemon_wax?Args=. Don't use anything solvent based...smell will never go away.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I use any clear finish I have in a spray can. Spray it down both ends so it all gets coated and let it dry. Once it dries and looses it's solvent smell, it's safe to use.
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Use straight walnut oil or lemon oil wax
http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/st...lemon_wax?Args=. Don't use anything solvent based...smell will never go away.
I'd be careful using any product derived from tree nuts thats going to come into contact with food.

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Just about everything I turn these days is finished with one or another of Doctors Woodshop finishes, all of which are walnut oil based. They are just too nice and too easy to use with no fumes to bother using anything else as far as I'm concerned. I tell everyone that buys a bowl what is on it. Let the buyer beware.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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After I bore the hole in the mill I remove it from the lathe and pour in lacquer (remember to mark the position of the mill relative to jaw #1 with a marker). I let it set for about 1 minute than pour it back out and set it up side down on the bottom of lacquer for about 15 minutes to drain. I usually make an S & P Mill as a set so while I am boring the other mill I let the other drain. I perform the same operation on the next mill and take the other one that was draining and put it back on the lathe and finish turning the mill. By the time I put the second coat of waterlox on the outside of mills they will have sat for 2 days then on the 3 day I buff the mills on a beall system and then assemble the mechanisms. There may be a hint of lacquer but by the time I sell it or give it as a gift the smell is gone.

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