Salt Cellar with a pivoting magnetized lid.

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This is a salt cellar that pivots open and closed with a metal pin and holds its-self closed with the use of a couple rare earth magnets.
Its made from Ash, and finished with a 3 stage buff and a food safe wax. It pivots at one point with a metal pin and stays closed using 2 rare earth magnets.

This wood was harvested from a local tree that fell down a few years ago at a school next door. Tree cutter guys are awesome when you show up with some frosty beverages for them. They cut a few nice blocks for me.

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Step 1: Grab your wood and mount it to the lathe.

Find a block of wood for your salt cellar.
Whatever size you want to make is up to you. Keep your counter space or cooking area in mind.
Mine is going to someone who cooks a lot and has a large kitchen with lots of counter space and an island. I didn't even measure it until I finished it, but the finished dimensions are  6 1/2" diameter by 2 1/2" tall from top to bottom.

When you are choosing your block add at least 1" to what you want your finished product to be. You have to form a tenon for the chuck to grip to the bottom of the cellar as well as allow for the parting tool thickness to part the top from the bottom.

After you have chosen your block of wood mark centers on the top and bottom by using a ruler from corner to corner. This does not have to be perfect. just get it as close as you can. I don't think the block I had, had any square edges on it at all.

After you mark the centers, you can cut the corners with a miter saw it you want or you can use your band saw or even a hand saw. Cutting the corners will make it a little easier to turn in the beginning.
I first mounted it to the lathe using a Spur center and the live center in the tail-stock. Use a hammer place the drive spur in the center of the bottom of the cellar until the teeth are about 1/8" deep into block.
After you have it mounted sharpen your gouge, crank up the radio and get ready to have some fun!
Dreamchronic8 months ago
i like the magnets idea and agree with ctx1985 about your woodworking, you're good!
SlickSqueegie (author)  Dreamchronic8 months ago
Thank you DreamchronicLabs. These comments make my head swell and my cheeks red. lol
ctx198510 months ago
Looks amazing! You have some serious woodworking skill! Just out of curiosity, is carpentry your career?
SlickSqueegie (author)  ctx198510 months ago
Thank you very much. No, I'm no carpenter. Though, I can do that stuff.
I'm a commercial/residential window cleaner.
You should become a carpenter by trade! You could make millions with that talent!
SlickSqueegie (author)  ctx198510 months ago
yeah, but then it becomes a job. I don't want to go to the shop and "work" This is my hobby. I appreciate the compliment though...
Yeah I know what you mean. Well it's definitely a good hobby!
kewrw2811 months ago
This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen! Just a side thought...maybe a false bottom inside?? Just a thought. Thanks for sharing.
SlickSqueegie (author)  kewrw2811 months ago
Thanks, Cool Idea! I may have to incorporate that!
SlickSqueegie (author) 11 months ago
you could also use a transfer punch, or you could grind a point on the pivot pin and do the same thing. The marker worked fine and It was quite simple once you get the grain lined up properly. Thanks for the tip. :)
SlickSqueegie (author) 11 months ago
then keep following me. I'm currently editing my first turning video. Very crude, but I have little to none experience with video making/editing. so Its going to be a long road... I hope to post it soon.
Treknology11 months ago
I like the finished product but, being technically minded, the heading and the first photo led me to believe that the lid was only attached by magnets.

I should further extend congrats on the effort you expended to match the grain of the lid and bowl as closely as you did.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Treknology11 months ago
Thank you, It is a lot tougher than I though it was going to be lining it up as good as I got it. Thanks for noticing. and you are right about the heading, I re-wrote it.
SlickSqueegie (author) 11 months ago
Thank you for your compliments.
hank you for pointing this out... I will fix it right away...
SlickSqueegie (author) 11 months ago
Nice idea, I may try this if I make another.... If you make one, I would love to see it.
SlickSqueegie (author) 11 months ago
Thank you Semma101. I think typing these Instructables out takes more time than making the projects.
spiny11 months ago
outstanding work !
SlickSqueegie (author)  spiny11 months ago
Thank you Spiny.
Gorgeous :). Thank you for sharing.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya11 months ago
Thank you, and it was all my pleasure! Thanks for the kind comments!
kishank211 months ago
nice wood work project :)
SlickSqueegie (author)  kishank211 months ago
Thanks a lot! I appreciate these compliments very much!
sunshiine11 months ago
I love this! Thanks for sharing and do have a splendorous day!
SlickSqueegie (author)  sunshiine11 months ago
Sharing this was my pleasure. Thanks for looking!
rimar200011 months ago
SlickSqueegie (author)  rimar200011 months ago
Thank you Rimar.
gb447711 months ago
SlickSqueegie (author)  gb447711 months ago
bobcatsteph311 months ago
Gorgeous! I shopped around for one of these for several months, couldn't find one that wasn't too small, and/or less than the $40 range.

Great work!
SlickSqueegie (author)  bobcatsteph311 months ago
Thank you very much.. wow I cant believe they are that expensive!
bajablue11 months ago
Another gorgeous woodworking work of art!!!
SlickSqueegie (author)  bajablue11 months ago
You are very kind blue. Thanks for the great compliment.
Spydamonky11 months ago
Beautiful, I think I will make one!
SlickSqueegie (author)  Spydamonky11 months ago
Have at it! It is practical and a fun project.
RushFan11 months ago
Love it. Very well done.
SlickSqueegie (author)  RushFan11 months ago
Thank you very much. I had a great time in the shop today making this!

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