Observe: This video is a bit of completely different because it was shot unexpectedly by my buddy who needed to check his digital camera gimbal. He shot the video and I edited it. A whole lot of hobbies are adopted for the only objective of private enjoyment or private development. Earlier than woodworking my interest was enjoying pool. Like my present interest of woodworking, I loved it extremely and took each alternative to study from what was happening and develop the talents concerned. Additionally like my present interest of woodworking, I did my analysis and located a approach for my interest of taking pictures pool to be self funded; I changed cue ideas and ferrules. In contrast to taking pictures pool, the interest of woodworking has the advantage of having the ability to give.
I don’t have half of the gadgets I made since I began importing movies in December, 2012. That’s not as a result of I offered them. I attempted to keep away from making stuff to promote, truly. I gave them away. A lot of the gadgets I’ve made which have a video related to them had been made as items initially or later given away as items. With the ability to give could be very rewarding and having the ability to give one thing that you simply created is much more so. I’m not saying we must always all cease charging for work and provides away all of our onerous effort. However when you have the chance to move one thing alongside that can put a smile on somebody’s face I encourage you to take action.
“Items” is the rationale behind these items. Salt and pepper shakers are a straightforward present that don’t require a big materials funding, can simply be batched out in bigger portions, and supply a universally accepted present that may be stored readily available and given away as random items. This batch is the fourth or fifth that I’ve remodeled the previous couple years. Each one among the previous sets ware given away at a while or one other as a present and each one among these will discover a new house over the subsequent few months. To play on the contrasting mild and darkish colours of S&P I selected curly maple for the sunshine colour and walnut for the darkish colour. I’ll be making as batch of straightforward containers quickly for a similar motive.
The essential construction of those shakers might be two bigger chunks of the identical materials with a strip of contrasting materials sandwiched in between and on prime and backside. I already had some thick and skinny walnut however to make the skinny maple I completed resawing a chunk that already had a noticed kerf began proper down the center of it. On this picture you can even see a bit of the maple with garnet shellac utilized. I utilized shellac to this piece to see how it could search for a previous project.
Now we are able to start the tough milling course of for all the materials. I usually begin my milling course of at my miter saw station. For individuals who have an interest, you can see my entire milling process in greater detail here.
After crosscutting items to a extra acceptable measurement they go to the jointer to get one vast face flat. Typically talking, the longer the board is earlier than going to the jointer the extra materials waste you’ll have to get a flat face.
With one face flat we are able to reference that face up and doing of the planer to get the other face flat and parallel.
And again to the jointer we go to get one slender face flat and perpendicular to the vast faces.
Adopted by a visit to the desk noticed to tear the inventory to the suitable widths wanted for the shakers. I’m attempting for a 1.75” sq. shaker after all of the milling.
Will probably be simpler to maintain issues aligned and likewise much less wasteful to connect up a single, lengthy shaker block as an alternative of a bunch of shorter, particular person shaker blocks. I glued every little thing on the identical time and scraped the glue squeeze out off after a half hour.
As soon as out of the clamps I began to wash up the joint faces with a scraper however realized it could take longer than I had hoped for. So I went again to the jointer as an alternative. It is a good instance of utilizing the tooling you’ve gotten accessible to be extra environment friendly. Typically instances I learn feedback the place the particular person may not have the sooner device and subsequently thinks he/she will be able to’t get the job accomplished. That’s nonsense. On this case the scraper may have accomplished the job simply positive. Use no matter device it’s important to be best 🙂
Lastly the person shakers may be reduce from the longer blanks. I actually need to get round to creating a good crosscut sled….
The skinny inventory is reduce to outsized shorter lengths that might be used as caps and bases for the shakers. For those who want strain near the blade and don’t need to use your fingers merely use a pencil or one other piece of wooden.
Presently ONLY the bases may be glued on.
After the glue has had sufficient time to dry on the bases the counterbored gap may be drilled on backside. For this step I used a 1.25” forstner bit and drilled down simply deep sufficient in order that the top of the bit was flush with the shaker. Then a .5” bit is used to drill a gap as deep because the drill press will permit.
Right here’s what the underside ought to appear to be. This may give sufficient room for fingers to take away the cork that might be used to plug the outlet.
Flip all the items over and drill the primary materials cavity of the shaker on the highest. I used a 1” drill bit and drilled down till I may really feel the resistance lower. This meant that the drill bit made contact with the .5” bit that was drilled from the opposite aspect. A precise depth mark right here is irrelevant. All you want is a bigger cavity to carry the salt and pepper and for that cavity to hook up with the fill gap from beneath.
That is wanting by means of the highest of the shaker. You possibly can clearly see by means of the complete pice.
Lastly, the outsized prime may be glued in place.
Final time I made a batch of shakers I picked up a bag of corks. I had, and nonetheless have, a bunch left over. To make it a bit of easier to seize the cork and to permit extra finger room I used a chisel to create a flat spot on reverse sides of the vast finish of the cork.
As soon as the shakers are out of the clamps for the ultimate time the highest and backside may be flushed to the edges. I used a low angle block plane for the majority of the top grain work.
Then a bevel down aircraft for the lengthy grain after which to create a closing clean transition on all sides.
Time to drill the fabric exit holes on prime. To play it secure I used a 0.09375” (3/32”) drill bit and solely put one gap for the salt. This appeared to supply sufficient salt with out simply going overboard. For the pepper I drilled 5 holes in an X form.
For consistency sake, all faces spent a while with 320 grit sandpaper on my sander.
For a meals secure end I went with common mineral oil. Some would possibly go for a extra protecting end however I need to protect the pure appear and feel of the wooden. There’s one thing extra inviting a few piece that appears and feels extra pure than one thing with a movie end on it. That’s the best way I see it anyway. Your mileage could differ.
The ultimate product, 5 units of salt and pepper shakers. Did I study something from this seemingly easy challenge that I’ve already accomplished beforehand? Sure; don’t combine batches of walnut with out serious about it. The thinner walnut strips had been from one batch of walnut they usually have extra of a milk chocolate look. The thicker walnut items with the maple strips are from one other batch of walnut that has extra of a darkish chocolate look. It’s not the top of the world however it’s noticeable. My favourite set is the “oddball” additional walnut our bodies that solely have a cap to designate salt and pepper. I feel the subsequent set I make will all be like this “oddball” set. Click here to download a one page diagram showing the dimensions of these shakers. Anyway, that wraps up this fast win challenge….on to the subsequent batch of fast wins 🙂