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Project by Aaron posted 994 days ago 2823 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tool was inspired by my crazy neighbor, he decided to try hollowing, and rather than spend $100.00+ on hollowing tools he decided to make his own. Drill bits are HSS so I guess it works, so I decided to make my own after trying his out, because believe it or not it worked “amazingly well”

The handle was two pieces of joined oak from a scrap pile, and then turned on my lathe, and then finished with Urethane. The ferule was actually a pipe fitting from Home Depot. I tapered the end and pounded in the pipe fitting, and then cut the end off flush with the wood.

Actually I should have drilled the hole “first” but got lucky and got it to center and drilled it last. The drill bit was just a simply 3/8” bit from Home Depot, the final hole was drilled with the bit itself, and then fixed in place by dropping CA glue in the hole and hammering in the bit.

The drill bit was then taken to the grinder for a more pronounced point. Actually the cutting edge is the side of the point and it hollows everything from mesquite to oak, and tomorrow we try IPE

-- "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed." ~Chinese Proverb~





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B13

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#1 posted 994 days ago

Sounds like a good Idea! wood like to see It In action? thanks!

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Aaron

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#2 posted 994 days ago

I’ll post a video later today when I hollow out another mesquite log ;)

-- "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed." ~Chinese Proverb~

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Bertha

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#3 posted 994 days ago

^I’ll be watching. McMaster Carr sells HS bar stock, so I’ve been thinking of this very thing. Nice job!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Aaron

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#4 posted 994 days ago

I would be interested in some HSS bar-stock please hook me up!

-- "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed." ~Chinese Proverb~

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marter1229

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#5 posted 994 days ago

A great tool, and the price is right.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho https://www.facebook.com/SillyLillyBowsAndMore

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murch

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#6 posted 994 days ago

Looks like you got a reliable tool for very little out-lay. Nice job.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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tinman_362

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#7 posted 994 days ago

That is awesome. You need to show some of your turned projects that you made with the help of this ingenious tool. You might call him a “crazy neighbor” but I would call him a genius (you could also add attractive).

-- Robert: Life is all about the stories ~

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Aaron

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#8 posted 994 days ago

I could… lol I will post more projects today made with your super-tool

-- "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed." ~Chinese Proverb~

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xwingace

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#9 posted 994 days ago

I too would love to see it in action! I’ve been working on a similar tool using carbide metal lathe bits, the prototype is promising.

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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wildbill001

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#10 posted 994 days ago

Kind of like an Olander (hope I spelled that right) tool.

HSS metal lathe bits work real well also. Might want to check this site out as well: http://aroundthewoods.com/

-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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