Salt Cellar


How to make a Salt Cellar with a Pivoting Hinged LidHow to make a Salt Cellar with a Pivoting Hinged Lid
By: Scott Johnson
Salt Boxes – or salt cellars, as they are commonly called – are more popular than ever. They make wonderful gifts for those that love to cook, and they add class and distinction to any kitchen. Gourmet cooks love their convenience and style. Perhaps you have even seen these pricey items for sale for at such gourmet retailers as Williams-Sonoma!

Making a salt box with a hinged and magnetized lid is a woodturning project of medium difficulty. It requires a few basic skills, including:
  • Turning between centers
  • Face Plate hollowing
  • End grain shearing (using both a round nose scraper and a square scraper)

While there are many different ways to woodturn a box, this tutorial will show you how to make a salt box with a pin-hinge and a magnet to keep the lid in place when not in use. While simple in concept, lining up the lid components (especially if you want to match the grain of the wood on the lid and the body) takes a little patience.

As in all woodturning projects, feel free to use your creativity to express your artistic talent. There are many wonderful designs on the web, from simple to artistically complex.


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