Step 6: Grinder Support
The pepper grinder I used wasn't heavy, but required support so that the toy could be wielded without the grinder end flying off. A wooden kitchen spoon was the perfect shape - a slender body that fit snugly into the existing barrel of the toy gun and a flanged end to allow for an opening to be made and the pepper grinder inserted, ensuring stability. I added a black funnel so there would be a gradual transition between the grinder housing and the barrel of the toy gun, and to cover the wooden spoon.
The funnel was slipped on to the wooden spoon until the wide spoon end was seated fully inside the funnel. The exposed wood handle was then measured against the depth of the toy gun barrel. Using an indeliable marker, marks were made where the spoon handle was to terminate inside the barrel housing, and where the wide spoon end met the inside surface of the funnel. A rotary tool was used to make two clean cuts.
Next, an opening was routed out on the wide end of the spoon to securely hold the grinder and a channel was carved down the length of the spoon handle to conceal the wires - a rotatory tool was used for both. Hot glue was then used to secure the opening in the wood handle to the motor of the pepper grinder. The wires were then pressed into the spoon channel.
The funnel was then slid back onto the grinder/spoon assembly and seated fully. A mark was made on the inside of the funnel where the grinder housing met the funnel, and then a rotary tool was used to trim the funnel to the right size. More hot glue was used to secure the funnel to the grinder/spoon assembly.
Lastly, the wires were fed through the toy barrel housing and the wood dowel was seated in the barrel opening and hot glued in place. Any rough edges on teh funnel were cleaned up with sandpaper after to give a smooth transition from grinder to funnel.