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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.

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

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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!
i like the magnets idea and agree with ctx1985 about your woodworking, you're good!
SlickSqueegie (author)  Dreamchronic2 years ago
Thank you DreamchronicLabs. These comments make my head swell and my cheeks red. lol
ctx19852 years ago
Looks amazing! You have some serious woodworking skill! Just out of curiosity, is carpentry your career?
SlickSqueegie (author)  ctx19852 years 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)  ctx19852 years 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!
kewrw282 years 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)  kewrw282 years ago
Thanks, Cool Idea! I may have to incorporate that!
SlickSqueegie (author) 2 years 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) 2 years 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.
Treknology2 years 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)  Treknology2 years 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) 2 years ago
Thank you Semma101. I think typing these Instructables out takes more time than making the projects.
spiny2 years ago
outstanding work !
SlickSqueegie (author)  spiny2 years ago
Thank you Spiny.
Gorgeous :). Thank you for sharing.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
Thank you, and it was all my pleasure! Thanks for the kind comments!
kishank22 years ago
nice wood work project :)
SlickSqueegie (author)  kishank22 years ago
Thanks a lot! I appreciate these compliments very much!
sunshiine2 years ago
I love this! Thanks for sharing and do have a splendorous day!
SlickSqueegie (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Sharing this was my pleasure. Thanks for looking!
rimar20002 years ago
SlickSqueegie (author)  rimar20002 years ago
Thank you Rimar.
gb44772 years ago
SlickSqueegie (author)  gb44772 years 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)  bobcatsteph32 years ago
Thank you very much.. wow I cant believe they are that expensive!
bajablue2 years ago
Another gorgeous woodworking work of art!!!
SlickSqueegie (author)  bajablue2 years ago
You are very kind blue. Thanks for the great compliment.
Spydamonky2 years ago
Beautiful, I think I will make one!
SlickSqueegie (author)  Spydamonky2 years ago
Have at it! It is practical and a fun project.
RushFan2 years ago
Love it. Very well done.