It's not difficult to make the salt & pepper shakers juggled by Hibachi Chefs. All it takes is a few key alterations and you'll be ready to start practicing. Here's a few things you'll need:
Things You Will Need2 wooden pepper mill shakers, strong wood glue, electrical tape (whichever color(s) you like), table knife, 2 rubber bands
Step 1First, you want to find 2 pepper mill shakers made of heavy wood, not plastic. They usually run about $20 each but if that's too expensive there are some available that are cheaper. The cheaper models will fall apart faster but if you are only buying these to play around with then they should work just fine.
Step 2Unscrew the knob on the top (the part used to grind the pepper) until it comes off. There should now be a metal rod sticking out the top. Flip the shaker upside-down and slam the metal rod on a hard surface. The idea is to remove the metal rod that runs along the handle of the shaker to lighten it up. If you ever plan to use your pepper mill shaker for its grinding pepper then save the rod.
Step 3Next, we're going to attach the knob using the wood glue. It's best to use the table knife to carve a cross stitch pattern (just some Xs work fine) on the bottom of the knob and on top of the shaker where the knob will be attached. This helps to lock in the glue. Now you're going to apply the wood glue to the knob and immediately attach it to the pepper mill. Make sure it's on nice and tight, wiping off any excess glue. You should now have 2 pepper mills with no metal and two knobs with drying glue. It's a good idea to wrap a rubber band around the whole thing length-wise to ensure the knob is secure.
Step 4While the glue is drying is a good time to remove the finish from the handles. The handles are the smooth body of the pepper mill. Because the handle is smooth and finished it makes it difficult to catch once you start throwing them around. Take your table knife and use the serrated blade to scratch the handle until all of the finish has been removed. The rougher the handle, the easier it will be to grip later.
Step 5Once the glue has dried (usually 6 - 8 hours) and the handle finish has been removed it's time for the fun part: giving it a style. You can apply as much tape as you want, using colors and patterns as desired. Apply tape everywhere except the handle to make them easier to grip.
Once the glue has dried (usually 6 - 8 hours) and the handle finish has been removed it's time for the fun part: giving it a style. You can apply as much tape as you want, using colors and patterns as desired. Apply tape everywhere except the handle to make them easier to grip.