I have been sorta struggling with trying to make a salt/pepper shaker for some time. Find the precise center drilling to be the biggest most daunting obstacle. If someone could enlighten me on the interior drilling aspect, I would appreciate it. I have a 12" x 36" lathe and would like to try shakers without excessive startup expense.
Or is it just done in the drill press, solving the whole thing?
I see an abundance of linked info exists and in which one point illustrates what I was trying to understand. A FWW article uses a stepped drill that drills the lengthwise core at two or three diameters in one step - never occurred to me. Accuracy in repeated drilling at differing diameters really stumped me.
Any comments on that sort of thing for drilling source etc; are all the same steps dia.? Are all the pepper mechanisms the same dimensions?
I see in forum threads here, forumites are asking what kind of chuck is needed, ec. quality or features, replies say regret buying this or that? BUT, I notice they refer to four-jaw, threaded headstock chucks intended to hold the base of a bowl etc., not a drill bit (One way stronghold, etc.).
To my understanding, drill bits would use a jocobs-chuck that would fit in a lathe's #2 morse taper tailstock.
How do they advance the drill - just shove the tail stock forward, or do better lathes have some form of a rack and pinion quill shaft similar to a drill press? How is the body of the shaker held?
Or as mentioned at top, is it just done in the drill press, solving the whole thing?
Enlightenment would be most appreciated.