Requirement to purchase peppermill kit at time of class, $13(10") or $14(12")


I have been turning for about 14 yrs. Started under the wings of Wayne Clowers for approximately ten years. Turned my first bowl in his shop. Joined the WNT (Woodturners of North Tx.) and went to their meeting once a month. If you wanted to know about a particular turning, just mention it and someone in the club would share and/or show you. We were in Wayne’s shop one Saturday and he was turning a peppermill, so he walked me through my first peppermill. Fell in love with them and have been turning them ever since. The process in turning a peppermill is turn the peppermill, go to workbench and finish the peppermill, go to the Beal buffers system and buff the peppermill. I was turning a peppermill one afternoon (and a light came on) why not do all at the lathe. So I tried it and be doing it ever since. I retired after fifty two years in veterinary medicine and moved to Carlos Texas (18 miles east of College Station). Been here going on three years. Get up in the morning, get my coffee, sit on the porch watching the cows and the sun come up. Then go to the shop and turn something. See you at the retreat and make some shavings.


The following list of tools is what you will need at home to make this project. You will not have to provide all these tools at the class.

  • Forester bit – 1-5/8”
  • Forester bit – 1-1/16”
  • Forester extension recommend
  • Forester #2 Mores taper
  • Forester bit – 1/4 Chuck with jaws expandable to 3”
  • Calipers
  • Jacob Chuck
  • Drive center, stebcenter or 4-jaw stebcenter
  • Live center with cone
  • Bowl gouge – what you normally use – mine is 5/8 -- Ellsworth or Batty bevel
  • Parting tool – regular and/or thin
  • Sand paper – 80-800 (your choice)
  • Small bottle - naptha
  • Small bottle – boiled linseed oil
  • Spray can of -- Bulls Eye spray Shellac
  • Beal buffing components (Tripoli, White diamond, Carnauba or pen buffing material)
  • Hand rowel or paper towels to cover lathe
  • Small bag of cotton rage – pref. 4x4
  • Wire for burning or Formica pieces
  • Small drill : dramal, 3/32 bit and Phillips screw driver- small (magnet)
  • Deluxe Peppermill Mechanisms --- bring your own --- or have 10” for $ 13.00 -- 12” for $ 14.00
  • Peppermill blanks -- 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” x 14 “


Preparing mill blank – center ends, band saw edges … Round and measure for parts – turn round, turn tendon, measure parts, turn spigot, separate parts -- set top aside … Main body – drill center holes … Place on peppermill mandrels – turn bottom of pepper mill (I will bring mandrels for the 4 lathes) … Sanding procedure: grits, safety mask, my technique and tips … Finishing: discuss surfaces … Procedure: Naphtha, boiled linseed oil , spray Shellac 3 X, Beal buffing (or materials you want to finish with), can use CA glue (3 coats) instead of carnauba … Turn top: fit spigot to bottom, drill hole, turn to fit turning plate, recess to fit bottom, round top and part off, place on mandrel for top, finish rounding top and drill ¼ recess in center … Finish top: same as above … Assembling peppermill :discuss mistakes, drill holes in bottom, attach retainer bar, drill holes in top, attach turning plate, place top on shaft and top screw ….