Introduction: Laminated Salt and Pepper Shakers
I laminate various types of exotic or New zealand wood to form a sculptured piece, in this case a set of salt and pepper shakers. The process is quite complicated but easy to follow, The biggest criteria is accuracy in cutting the timber to the correct sizes. Here are the steps for a set of Salt and pepper shakers. First you start of by cutting a 2 blocks of timber [ main body ] 100mm x 50mm x 50mm lets say this is Walnut, Then 2 blocks of timber lets say Mulberry [ yellow ] [Top] 50mm x 50mm x 40mm. The 50mm x 50mm x 40mm block is glued to the top of the main block, This is then sanded on All 4 sides to remove any excess glue. The next stage is to draw two lines on one of the flat surfaces with a jig [piece of wood 8mm thick] draw a line each side of the jig at a random angle. Make sure when cutting this out on the bandsaw that you cut on the inside of the pen line [ This is very important step ] Once this is cut out you have to sand both surfaces on a 6" bench sander to the pen line [ Again this is very important for accuracy ]. You then machine two slithers of a different kind of timber say [ yew ] This must be 100mm x 50mm x 9mm thick, This will be glued in between the two blocks you have just cut. This is to be glued with Epoxy resin [ HT9000 ]is mixed with HT 110 glue powder to form a glue mix, Apply the glue to both surfaces and glue the two half together, No clamps are needed as friction will hold them together. When dry this will be a 1 ring Salt and Pepper shaker, Repeat the process up to 4 times if you want a 4 ring Salt and Pepper Shaker set, Just remember that the more laminations that go into these sets the harder it gets to make ALL of the glue lines be inline and NOT staggered.
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