Home made hollowing tool

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 02-20-2009 08:38 PM 7376 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a follow up to this project which you can see here:
I chose 2×2 billet of hard maple to make the handle for the hollowing tool that I made in the above project. A 3/4” brass threaded plumbing endcap was used to make the ferrule. Brass turns well, but you have to use sharp tools. I turned a tenon on the hard maple that was just a little larger than the inside diameter of the brass endcap. Once satisfied I coated the tenon with 2 part five minute epoxy and threaded the endcap onto the tenon. This will secure the ferrule. Handle and ferrule were then turned down and finished with Mylands high speed friction polish. I drilled a 3/8 inch centered hole just through the brass end cap and then drilled a 1/4 hole into the handle to the depth of the tool tang. This was all done on the lathe. After parting the tool handle off it was time to have some fun. I put the metal tool in a bench vise and heated it up with my Mapp gas torch. Once the tang was bright red I took the wooden handle and attached it to the metal tang using a rubber mallet. The hot metal will actually burn it’s way into the hole that was created with the drill. A nice flame shoots up when you do this. Always work in a clean environment and have a fire extinguisher handy just in case.
Gave my new little hollowing tool a test run by turning a little bird house. The entry hole that the tool is in is 3/8” in diameter. The tool did an outstanding job hollowing out the bird house. I will spray the entire tool with lacquer to protect the metal. The cutter is a #1 cutter from Hunter Tools ( I got the steel from Tractor Supply.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 02-20-2009 08:42 PM

Nice project Jeff! I’m still working on learning how to do all these great turnings, much less making the tools themselves. :-)

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#2 posted 02-21-2009 12:13 AM

Very clever! So, when are you putting your line of tools up for sale?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 02-21-2009 12:48 AM

great question mmh. And of course is there a discount for fellow lumberjocks? lol.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#4 posted 02-21-2009 01:08 AM

Thanks – the tooling itself takes some time to bandsaw, grind, sand and buff into shape. The handle is straight forward spindle turning. There is probably 3 hours of hand work in each of these tools. A lot of the tools I make are made out of necessity to take on a project that I don’t want to buy a tool to do. Today I purchased another air powered cut off saw from Harbor Freight. I will drill out the nose piece where the saw blade is attached to fit a 16 penny nail. The head of the nail is cut off, the sharp end is ground a little finer and then the nail is inserted into the nose piece. I use this tool to dimple and chatter platters that I turn.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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