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I finally got to go out in the shop today. I turned a bowl out of padauk and a peppermill made of canary wood, purpleheart, lyptus, and maple. The bowl is about 10" x 2 3/4", The peppermill is 10" tall. It was fun making some sawdust again.
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That mill's pretty awesome. The clearance is so small on the top that you can barely tell its separate.

Mike, can you post somewhere what kind of tools you frequently use for making stuff like this? Since I'm new, and there aren't any classes in my area to attend, I'd like to know what sort of tools a master such as yourself uses.

I have a basic set of three different sized spindle gouges, a roughing gouge, a skew chisel, and a parting tool. Since I was ordering a lathe and didn't have any tools yet, I figure'd it'd be a good idea to order a set - but there wasn't much thought put into what set to buy.
 

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'dano, you need Mike's peppermill tutorial. I just read through it and those things are a process for sure. Those both look great Mike. Do you use lacquer on pretty much everything?
 

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Those are some good looking pieces Mike!! I just started and hope to be able to do work like that soon.

How much time did it take you to make these pieces?

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Fred,
I am no master, I still have a lot to learn, but thanks for the kind words. If you send me and email at:[email protected], I will send you the tutorial I made for making peppermills like this. It goes step by step. I went out to the shop for four hours yesterday and made both of these. Now, I did have the peppermill blank rounded and drilled already. I used several coats of lacquer for a finish on both of these, followed by a buffing on a set of Beale wheels. I use whatever I have lying around for a finish, more often than not. Sometimes its a varnish or poly finish in a spraycan, or now, the partial can of lacqer I have sitting around.
As far as tools Fred, you need a parting tool, roughing gouge or bowl gouge, and several drill bits: forstners - 1 3/4", 1 1/16", 1", 7/8". Also a 5/16" brad point. Also a small drill bit extension 6". That's about it.
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Mike, first off you do outstanding work, your pepper mills are great and have inspired me to give them a try (once I get all tools needed). Your bowl made of padauk is awesome. Second thank you for sending me your pepper mill tutorial very well written, I have you thought about posting it on the web site?
 

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Those are fantastic Mike. I haven't yet tried to make a mill. I'm still working on my sharpening technique. I purchased those chisels that I messaged you about and I want to make sure that my sharpening skills are adequate before I dig into the good chisels. Don't worry, the pictures of my mill turning will be posted and seeing the great job that you do inspires me that much more. Thanks for posting.
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Mike,
very nice work, that is another great pepper mill. I really like Padauk, its got great color and grain.
 

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Thanks guys, glad you like them.
Jeff,
I thought about posting it to the website, but I don't really know how. If someone does know how, let me know.
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Once again Mike awesome job! You state the bowl is about
10" x 2 3/4" How big of a blank do you start with to finish with a bowl that size? Was that a solid blank? I would guess it was by the picture. again nice job!

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John,
If I remember right, I got the blank at our local woodcraft store. It was about 10 1/2" square by 3" thick. I cut it close to round on the bandsaw and then didn't waste too much after that.
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Good point about starting size. What is a typical blank size you start with for a pepper mill? I see plans calling for 2.5", do you start with a 3" blank for that, or with a 2.5" Assuming to can hit it pretty close to center you should loose too much material right?
 

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DV,
Most of the blanks I buy are 3"x3" x 12". The peppermills end up around 2 3/4" at the widest points, and about 10 -11" tall. Scalewise, they look nice. If you start getting down to 2 1/2" or less with that height, they can get a bit tipsy and look a little skinny. If you go with a 6-8" height, then 2 1/2" would be fine.
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Mike, that bowl is to die for. Fantastic job. Great form, finish and wood. I gotta try some of that wood. Was the blank green or had it been kiln dried?

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Eugene,
I got that blank from the local woodcraft store. It was wax sealed on all sides. When I started to turn it, I sensed that it wasn't completely dry. So I rough turned the bowl just over an inch thick and left a tenon on the bottom to fit my chuck. Then I resealed the edge with an anchorseal type product (the inch thick rim of the bowl). I put it inside a paper grocery bag and folded the top over and put it inside a cabinet in my shop. I left it there for about two months or so and then took it back out and finished it like you see it here. So far, it hasn't warped or cracked. I'll keep my fingers crossed for another month.
Mike Hawkins;)
 
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