Homemade Woodturning Tools - Hollowing Tool

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Project by Steve Panner posted 02-26-2015 12:27 PM 5921 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I made a hollowing tool for my lathe starting from an Allen wrench.

You can see the “making of” video here:

I first saw this kind of tool on Sam Angelo’s Youtube channel. I turn mostly miniatures, so I made a small one, but it can be made in any size using the same method.

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#1 posted 02-26-2015 02:52 PM

Great thanks for the share!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#2 posted 02-26-2015 03:15 PM

Good design for a tool!

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#3 posted 02-26-2015 03:25 PM

Thank you both, happy you liked it! :)

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#4 posted 02-26-2015 09:48 PM

How well does that allen wrench stock hold an edge? Clever idea, I like it.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 02-27-2015 07:20 AM

Thanks Allen!

Well, I only made this tool yesterday so I’m not sure how well it will do in time, but I’ve seen other woodturners using them so they should be ok.

I frequently use a sharpened screwdriver as a skew, made from the same chrome-vanadium steel and by the same manufacturer as the Allen wrench and it holds an edge as good as high speed steel.

I’ll post an update after I use it for a while.

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