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I built an endgrain cutting board in a basket weave pattern. I have left over pieces and am considering gluing them together and turning a pepper mill. Any thoughts as to possible problems with turning such a piece? I have concerns as to whether or not it would hold together.
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As a knee-jerk reaction, I think that my first attempt would be to do the glue-up so that the grain is oriented parallel to the axis of turning.

Depending on how big your cutoffs are, trying to do tapers so that you are doing stave turning might be hazardous to your fingers.

Most kits want a 1" or slightly larger hole down the length. When doing the glue-up, it is good to think about how easy it will be for a Forstner bit to track down the center and not get kicked off-axis by blocks on opposite sides that are significantly different in how a Forstner bit cuts into them. As an extreme example, a Forstner bit does not want to stay in the glue joint if the 2 blocks are hickory and balsa.
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(05-25-2022, 04:17 PM)iclark Wrote: As a knee-jerk reaction, I think that my first attempt would be to do the glue-up so that the grain is oriented parallel to the axis of turning.

Depending on how big your cutoffs are, trying to do tapers so that you are doing stave turning might be hazardous to your fingers.

Most kits want a 1" or slightly larger hole down the length. When doing the glue-up, it is good to think about how easy it will be for a Forstner bit to track down the center and not get kicked off-axis by blocks on opposite sides that are significantly different in how a Forstner bit cuts into them. As an extreme example, a Forstner bit does not want to stay in the glue joint if the 2 blocks are hickory and balsa.

Bore the holes prior to assembly in the face or end, as you prefer. 

Or leave a 1" square and laminate round and round, using solid only where it must be.
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Do you have a picture of the pieces that you are talking about?
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#13
The worst case scenario is that it comes apart when turning and you have a pile of pieces and a learning experience. The best case is that you get a unique mill.

Go for it. You gain something either way.
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(05-26-2022, 07:14 AM)SceneryMaker Wrote: The worst case scenario is that it comes apart when turning and you have  a pile of pieces and a learning experience.  The best case is that you get a unique mill.

Go for it.  You gain something either way.

+1

other than adding to be sure to stay out of the danger zone when doing the turning and be sure to wear a good face shield and safety glasses.
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(05-25-2022, 03:53 PM)firefighter Wrote: I built an endgrain cutting board in a basket weave pattern. I have left over pieces and am considering gluing them together and turning a pepper mill. Any thoughts as to possible problems with turning such a piece? I have concerns as to whether or not it would hold together.

I have glued up a lot of preglued items and never any problems just make sure all areas are flat before glueing for best contact and holding.
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(05-28-2022, 03:01 PM)Arlin Eastman Wrote: I have glued up a lot of preglued items and never any problems just make sure all areas are flat before glueing for best contact and holding.

If gluing endgrain to endgrain orientation, I'd use a couple of 1/8" dowels to help out, if the pieces are of size that will allow it.  The jig you use on your drillpress can help get your assemblies aligned.
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