When I heard that Kyle could use a new pepper mill, I saw an opportunity to make a custom set of salt and pepper grinders. The hardware kits were available from Penn State Industries and I had some legacy cherry blocks that would be fun to turn.
I created a few shape variations in SketchUp, from traditional to more sleek and modern designs. Once I decided on the design to use, I made 1:1 templates to facilitate turning two nearly identical forms. A bit of new kit was also needed for this project, so a mini step jaw chuck and a drill bit extension came along with the mill kits.
Finished with Mahoney’s food safe Walnut Oil, the cherry wood will darken to a rich reddish brown with time and exposure to light. The photos below will illustrate some of the main steps of this project!