Home made hollowing tools

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Project by MattMize posted 03-29-2013 10:13 PM 1733 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was inspired by a YouTube video as well as a fellow lumberjock’s project to make a few of these of my own. I turned the handles on my lathe, used some scrap copper pipe from my water softener installation for the collar, and used some old drill bits that I reground for the cutter on both. The left one is made of Koa scraps with a 3/8 inch bit and the right is made of Cherry scraps with a 1/4 inch bit. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 03-31-2013 04:33 PM

Nice work Matt on the tools. Never tried the drill bit thing yet but heard they work well. I enjoy making my own also. Seems like I tend to grab for my own every time I turn. Now make yourself a few carbide ones. Its easy and fun. Top 2 and bottom one are store bought. If you make any more let me know, I’m always interested in turning tools. Working on another one now. Thanks for the pics.

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

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 02:42 PM

They look great. It’s really nice to make own tools. Keep them coming. Well done!

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 04:53 PM

Those are nice doubleDD! I’m definitely going to have to make more of my own tools. I’ve never thought about buying carbide and making custom tools out of it. I’m going to have to now, though! Yours look incredible. One thing I like about the ones I made is that I paid $10 for the bits, and besides the tools I used to make them, that’s all the money I have in them. And they’re customized to exactly how I wanted them. I’m definitely going to make more.


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