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In this instructable, i will show you how to make a drill powered pepper grinder. My inspiration for this instructable came from the show "Good Eats" with Alton Brown. This pepper grinder can grind a tablespoon of pepper in about 5 seconds, with no trouble at all. Try this easy project and you will be impressed with the results.
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Step 1: Gather Materials

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To make the automatic pepper mill, you only need three materials.

1) A drill (cordless) set between 150-500 rpm (if your rpm is set too high, the pepper grounds may come out too coarse)
2) A salt shaker/pepper mill
3) Peppercorns
4) A saw
5 A tollerance for sneezing (not really) This link is of a cordless screwdriver that would be smaller and make this peppermill more compact. The only problem is that this screwdriver has no chuck to hold on to the peppermill, so it might need to be epoxied or glued on.

Step 2: Preparing the pepper mill

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Take your peppermill, and open it. Do this the same way you would to refill the peppermill. Discard the salt shaker portion of the peppermill.

Step 3: Trimming It Down!

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To make the peppermill look more proportioned with the drill, we'll need to take off about 2 inches. Don't worry, the peppermill will still be able to hold plenty of pepper. Measure roughly two inches from the top, and clearly mark it. Cut the peppermill at the line you just made. A band saw would come in handy here, but i'll use a little saw, like a hack saw. Remember when cutting to only cut through the wood, not the metal rod in the center.(we'll talk about that later) it should look like the last picture below after completing this step. Discard the piece you cut off.
russ_hensel4 months ago

Just a note to let you know I have added this to the collection: Cordless Drills Hacking for Other Uses !


Take a look at a bunch of project involving odd uses of drills.

and for even more drill info


crapflinger6 years ago one of those would work pretty well for this too since it wouldn't be as you can modify the driver enough to be a little bit better integrated with the grinder...
None of those have the drill style chuck that you need for this project
majjck (author)  crapflinger6 years ago
cool, good idea, do you mind if i add in the link?
ernestoaug6 years ago
que merda
R4Man186 years ago
AB style. Alton Brown for the win.
Pazzerz6 years ago
Start a 'Man's mans' restaurant and and have the servers offer freshly ground pepper for patron's salads with this.... =)
shooby Pazzerz6 years ago
Yep, but they'd have to have a holster for it (tool belt instead of bum bag)
Chefboy63826 years ago
You could just do this....

Check this out
noahh6 years ago
this is excellent!