Hollowing Tool

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-10-2020 09:39 PM 967 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this hollowing tool for a job I had with a tight spot to get into that my wide carbide tipped hollower would not fit. It is made of tool steel with a hardened tip and has a Osage Orange handle. The tool is 11” long and the handle is finished with Danish oil and buffed and waxed.

It worked very well,

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 10-10-2020 09:43 PM


Once again those machining skills come in handy!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-10-2020 10:08 PM

good deal Jim

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 10-10-2020 11:03 PM

Great looking lathe tool. I bet it was cheaper and better than buying one. Can’t beat manufactured in the USA.

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#4 posted 10-10-2020 11:23 PM

Looks like what my dentist

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#5 posted 10-11-2020 12:19 AM

Well done Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 10-11-2020 12:56 AM

Beautiful tool Jim!!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 10-11-2020 01:55 AM

the tool master strikes again! you always impress me jim.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 10-11-2020 03:04 AM

Well done Jim….Just the Shot for hollowing the hard to get at areas.

The Osage Orange Wood is Beautiful. Responds well to the Danish Oil Finish.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#9 posted 10-11-2020 03:53 AM

NICE!!! Love tools made at home.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 10-11-2020 04:49 AM

It’s a beauty Jim. Those specialty tools sure come in handy. Waiting to see the job you need it for.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 10-11-2020 04:58 AM

I like it, Saves some cash to make it yourself.

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#12 posted 10-11-2020 05:14 AM

Great looking tool, would be nice to have a full set of them. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#13 posted 10-11-2020 12:05 PM

Nice, Jim! I’ve got a little forge and hoping I can get started on making tools I need. Once I finish up the bookcases, and the table to hold the forge, and the lathe to turn the legs for the table to hold the forge…

Hmm. Maybe I should just keep buying tools. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 10-11-2020 12:32 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi Woodmaster1…............It was cheaper and made to order.

Hi Dave. I can’t show what it was made for because the job is gone and I did not have the camera in the shop at the time. I was hollowing this spherical part and there was a shaft sticking out that was part of the sphere I had to under cut the sphere and there was only about 3/8 “clearance. This little guy slipped right in there and did the job. Now I have it for other jobs.

Hi Dave. I often though about making a forge but I already have too many irons in the fire( no pun intended) and then I’d need an anvil and lot of tongs…etc. I do what I need to do with an Oxy-Acetylene torch.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 10-11-2020 12:58 PM

Beautiful Jim
Looks like I have another “must-build” tool for my lathe operation. That would allow me to make larger hollowed out globes for Christmas Ornaments! Thanks for the great inspiration.
What did you use for the cutter to harden it ?

-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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