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Browncoat, do you sharpen your own lathe tools?
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Yes. They need to be sharpened often enough that I don't know how a turner could avoid it.
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Yes. They need to be sharpened often enough that I don't know how a turner could avoid it.
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Finally got around to taking pics of my latest turnings.

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A salt shaker, 5" tall. Maple. It's still got a fair bit of moisture in the wood, so I can't use it yet, because the salt would clump.
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This is a piece of walnut I had lying around. I turned it into a toothpick holder. Mrs Browncoat said that the foot on it makes it more likely to tip over, spilling the toothpicks, especially when touched by one of the crew. It has a bit of the yellow sapwood showing, which, as has previously been discussed in this thread, is awesome.

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This is a bowl, about 6" across made from the same tree as the salt shaker above. As it continues to dry, it stretches a little along the grain, turning the bowl a little oval. Some turners hate this. I think it makes it more interesting. There's also a little waviness developing on the rim.

I added the candy in the third pic for scale. Also for eating.

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Oooh, nice salt shaker

how long do you think it will take to dry it up enough to put salt in it?

stuff it with those silica packets, imo
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Thanks; it's about my favorite piece I've done so far. Next job is to do a pepper mill about the same shape, but maybe a little taller.

I thought of using a silica pack, but thought better of it as silica is not food-safe. (Honestly, someone else thought better of it for me, but I was the one with enough sense to ask if it was okay.) Based on size, I'm hoping it'll be usable in six months or so.
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How about stuffing it with uncooked rice? That can be good for sucking out moisture.

It's often used in salt shakers to prevent clumping
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