Hollowing system in action

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Here is a little vessel I turned with my supported hollowing system and a little how to-close-up on how to make your own. There’s a short demo of the system in action. My apologies for the video quality, but I was turning at the same time that I was filming.

-- Steven

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 04:24 AM

Steve Thanks for posting this and taking the time to shoot a video for us! I was going to buy one now I”ll save the $$$ & make one.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 04:49 AM

Thanks for the post. I don’t have a lathe and I have zero experience with one. I alway wondered how these vessels were made. I had an Idea, I thought it was quicker…...wonder how long a big one woould take. I can’t wait to get a lathe so I can experiment with this aspect.

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 04:56 AM

Very nice – thanks for takent the time to make the video – really explains everything.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 06:45 AM

Steve, glad to see you’re going into multimedia productions now! Cool video, who doesn’t love to build a $250 tool for under $10 that works just as well as the professional models!

I loved that cutting sound towards the end of the video, too bad we could not see those shavings coming off so quickly. Nice job all around. Bob March 9, 2010

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 03-10-2010 04:04 PM

Thanks all-

Mike- if you build this, it takes almost all of the danger out of hollowing. You won’t need any nerve. If you wait until June, I’m going to be demonstrating this at NJW for the main topic. You’ll get all of the info you to build it, and maybe even to try it out…

Bob- they cost a lot more than $250… :-) Mine would also fit your lathe too ;-)

RJ- that was the idea… :-)

-- Steven

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 04:20 PM

Great video and great tool!

Now you need to make a Tripod:-)

Another thought, how about using hollow DOM or stainless tubing for the shaft and feed air into the shaft from the back end to clear the shavings as they are made, never having to stop the lathe for that? Could be a foot pedal for a burst of air when you need it, like on a tire changer.

Good job!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#7 posted 03-10-2010 04:59 PM

Great tool…Thanks for sharing

-- Ray,Iowa

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#8 posted 03-10-2010 07:07 PM


Have thought about it, but two issues. If you try to blow them out, they won’t clear the opening with the tool still in it. Often, my openings are 1/32” clearance , so there’s just no room. If you try to suck them out with vacuum, you not only can’t draw enough outside air through the 1/32”, but you also need to overcome the centripital forces plastering them to the walls of the vessel.

I need to find my tripod, since folks seem to like the videos :-)

-- Steven

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#9 posted 03-10-2010 07:22 PM

What more could we want? It looks stable, easy to use, and costs almost nothing. Great demo, too.

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Rick George

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#10 posted 03-12-2010 05:44 AM

I’m truly impressed. Boy, do I have a lot to learn.

-- Rick

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