a 10 Inch Peppermill
in Woodturns Store
The peppermill mechanism can be purchased in our online
Plan your Turning
Draw out the design of your peppermill. Determine how tall the
Peppermill Body will be, and how tall the Peppermill Top will be.
Turn the Body
Select a square blank that is 1/2" longer than the Peppermill
Body and 1/4" wider than the diameter of your Peppermill Body.
Mount the blank on your lathe and rough turn to a cylinder. Remove
the blank from the lathe and drill the 1 5/8" hole 1/2"
deep in the bottom of the peppermill. Without moving the peppermill
from your drill press drill the 1 1/16" hole halfway through
the body. Flip the peppermill over and continue drilling the 1 1/16"
hole from the other side until both holes meet.
Turn the Top
Select a square blank that is 3/4" longer than the Peppermill
Top and 1/4" wider than the diameter of your Peppermill Top.
Mount your blank on the lathe and rough turn to cylinder. Turn a
tenon on the bottom that is 1/4" long and just shy of 1 1/16"
in diameter. To size it properly, it should fit snugly in the 1
1/16" hole in the Peppermill Body. Also turn a tenon on the
top of the Peppermill Top that is 1" in diameter. Remove the
Peppermill Top from the lathe and drill the 3/8" hole through
Finish the Peppermill
Press fit the Peppermill Top into the Peppermill Body and remount
the whole peppermill on the lathe using jam chucks or a 3 or 4 jaw
chuck. (SeeWays of Mounting
Wood on the Lathe for more information). Turn the peppermill
to final shape and sand. The 1" tenon should still be on the
top of the Peppermill Top. Remove the Peppermill Body from the Top.
Turn the 1 1/16" tenon down slightly so that it still fits
snugly into the 1 1/16 hole in the Peppermill Body but is not sloppy.
It shouldn't be smaller than 1" in diameter. The Peppermill
Body should be able to rotate freely on the tenon. Remove the Peppermill
Top from the lathe and remount so that you can finish the top of
it. Finish turning and final sand. Remove the top from the lathe
and apply your finish to the peppermill.
Installing the mechanism
(see diagram below for reference)
Slide the Grinder, Grinder Housing, Spring, and Shaft Spring Retainer
over the Shaft. Slide this up through the bottom of the body of
the peppermill so that the flanges of the Shaft Spring Retainer
catch the lip of the 1 1/16" hole. The Grinder should be fitting
inside the Grinder Housing and the Grinder Housing should fit snugly
in the 1 1/16" hole.
Mark with an awl the location of the screw holes in the bottom
of the Shaft Spring Retainer. Slide the retainer out of the way
and drill the holes for the screws. Line up the holes of the Shaft
Spring Retainer and the Grinder Shaft Retainer with the screw holes
and use 2 screws to secure the grinder body.
Next, prepare the Peppermill Top by centering the Shaft Drive Plate
over 1/4" tenon and the 3/8" hole. Mark the screw holes,
drill the holes, and screw the Shaft Drive Plate onto the bottom
of the Peppermill Top.
Slide the Peppermill Top over the Shaft. The 1/4" deep tenon
should fit into the 1 1/16" hole. It shouldn't fit so tightly
that the Peppermill Top can't be turned, but it also should fit
so loose that the Peppermill Top can wobble. Screw the Top Knob
onto the shaft. You should be able to tighten and loosen the Top
Knob to adjust the spring tension on the Grinder. That regulates
the size of the pepper grinds.
Filling and Use
Unscrew the Top Knob and remove the Peppermill Top from the shaft.
Fill the pepper chamber 3/4 full of peppercorns and then reassemble.
When dispensing pepper, always turn the Peppermill Top to the right