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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Kasieanne made it! (author)2013-10-22

Beautiful shakers!

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oilpaint2 made it! (author)2008-09-23

They are definitely phallic in their shape, they look like sex toys not salt and pepper shakers

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Vidar_76 made it! (author)Vidar_762008-10-11

Glad to see I'm not the only one who thought so... think its the tip that makes it. A few years ago i was teaching woodshop (or slöjd as we call it) When we started using the turner in the fifth grade one of the lads wanted to make "a present for his mom" :-)

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SCROLLSAW NUT made it! (author)SCROLLSAW NUT2013-01-07

YOU GUYS SHOULD GET YOUR MINDS OUT OF THE GUTTER. THE BEAUTY OF THESE SHAKERS LIES IN THE CHOICE OF THE WOODS, NOT THE SHAPE.I SUPPOSE IF YOU WOULD MAKE SOME OF THESE, YOU WOULD PROBABLY MODEL THEM AFTER YOURSELF IN FRONT OF A MIRROR SEND THEM TO YOUR GIRLFRIEND!!! PERSONALLY, I THINK THEY ARE AWESOME!!!

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rendermatt made it! (author)rendermatt2010-12-21

hahaha they are definitely phallic, but I think they look like salt and pepper shakers just as well

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4mem8 made it! (author)4mem82008-09-23

oilpaint: Well, It's obviously your mind and how you think, I for one know the difference between a salt and pepper shaker and a sex toy, you don't. i suggest taking a closer look or wear your glasses.

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tim13211 made it! (author)2010-09-16

Would you be able to post more pics on gluing for more than one ring?

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ryangranado made it! (author)2010-07-30

Beautiful job but what did you do to use as caps for the spices? rubber stoppers on the bottom?? I'm a builder and haven't gotten the courage to try turning yet but after seeing this I am seriously thinking about getting a starter lathe. Any suggestions on one for me?

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mynameisjonas made it! (author)2009-01-03

these shakers are awesome! but I would like to see some more detailed instructions

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ERCBIENG made it! (author)ERCBIENG2010-05-09

 I agree

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mynameisjonas made it! (author)2009-01-03

THUD! (jaw drops onto the floor)

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soulwood made it! (author)2008-09-27

fantastic, beautiful, amazing, total genius, i've been making wood jewelry for 25 years, these things are to die for do you have a web???, would you like to share pics i have some real hot stuff but not at all similar to yours, god i love them

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4mem8 made it! (author)4mem82008-12-04

soulwood: Hey thanks for your comments, My website:
http://saltandpeppershakers.page.tl/ Have fun. Share pics, cool.

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4mem8 made it! (author)4mem82008-09-27

soulwood: Many thanks for your comments appreciated. Your craft sounds cool also. i do have a website. http://saltandpeppershakers.page.tl/

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corey_caffeine made it! (author)2008-09-30

looks like it would make a nice knife handle but i like stacked leather (could i use this for a steampunk bike grip?)

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xxgemini made it! (author)2008-09-23

wow those are beautifull.... do you sell them? looks like you have a neat little business going. if I had a lathe i would prob try. thanks for sharing .

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4mem8 made it! (author)4mem82008-09-23

xxgemini: Thank you for your comment, Yes I do sell them and have been doing so for 20 yrs.

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pipeski made it! (author)2008-09-23

Not entirely clear on how this is an Instructable, as it doesn't give instructions beyond cutting and gluing some blocks of wood. Also, have you looked into the toxicity of Yew wood? I really wouldn't recommend its use in anything that's going to hold a food product.

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4mem8 made it! (author)4mem82008-09-23

pipeski: I do realise the toxicity of some woods, I have been working with all types of wood for 40 yrs, providing it is sealed well enough I have never had any problems or come backs. I will see if I can add some more pics for you later.

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