Peppermill Demo Bayou Woodturners. Demonstrator Jim Shackelford November 2009. Types of Mechanisms. Mechanism specifics for product and length of finished mill. Peppermill Mechanism (Stainless Steel). Salt Mill Mechanism (Ceramic & Stainless Steel). 10” Peppermill. 3X3X12” Blank
Demonstrator Jim Shackelford
Mechanism specifics for product and length of finished mill
Salt Mill Mechanism
(Ceramic & Stainless Steel)
Finished blank should be ½” longer than the shaft of the mechanism.
Drill bit extension
1” Drill bit
1-1/16” Drill bit
1-5/8” Drill bit
Making a peppermill can be done on all size lathes.
Put the mill blank between centers and turn round. The finished diameter should be approx. 2.5’ to 3.0”
Turn dovetails on both ends of the mill blank to fit you chuck.
Measure blank and mark location where the cap will be parted from the body.
Remove the blank from center and mount in the chuck with the Cap end at the headstock end of the lathe.
At this point we must drill the blank. This can be done on the lathe or on using a drill press. (A Steady rest is preferred but not necessary.)
Drill a 1-5/8” hole in the bottom of the blank ½” deep beyond the point where the dovetail meets the mill body. (A forstner bit is used.)
Using a 1-1/16” Forstner bit drill a 1-1/16” hole 1” deep beyond the stopping point of the 1-5/8” hole.
Step # 8
Using a 1” Forstner bit drill a hole to a point where the tenon of the cap begins. Be careful not to drill past the end of the tenon for the cap. This can be done all from the bottom of ½ the way from the bottom and the from the top.
If you drill from each end the hole needs to meet it does not have to be perfectly aligned the hole is only the reservoir for the product.
Step # 9
At this point you will need to part the cap from the body of the mill.
Step # 10
Remove the body of the mill. Turn a tenon on the end of the cap to approx. 1” in Diameter and approx. 1/2” long. This tenon must fit in the 1” hole in the body snuggly but not too tight where it will not rotate smoothly. After turning the 1” tenon drill a 7/8” recess on the end of the tenon 1/8” deep for the drive plate. Then drill a ¼‘’ hole thru the cap for the shaft.
Step # 11
Now you have the tenon that fits into the reservoir of the mill put the body on the tenon and use it as a jam chuck.
Bring up the tailstock and shape the mill to your preference.
Remember to mark the spot on the mill where the diameter transitions or where there is a cove of bead, then with a parting took set the depths of the cut this will give you a good reference until you can eyeball the shape as some of the more experienced turners.
After the shape of the body is done jam separate the mill and the cap, use a chuck or jam chuck to remove the tenons and finish shaping the cap and body.
Finish to your preference.
The internet s a great place to get ideas. I print the shape of a specific mill on my printer from one of the computer programs that has a rule on the edge so I can stretch it out to the 10” length I like and the diameter that looks right. Then I print it and write the measurements on the picture and keep it handy at the lathe.