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Forum topic by groy87 posted 08-19-2010 08:12 PM 1051 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2010 08:12 PM

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Hello all.

After seeing the amazing work on LJ I have decided to try my hand at hollow forms. The only thing is that I have no idea which of the many available tools I should get. I have a jet mini lathe so I will most likely be doing small to medium size projects (max 8” dia) and since I am working on my masters I currently have a limited budget :/. Any advice on which tools I should look into or what I should look for when buying a tool would be greatly appreciated!


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#1 posted 08-19-2010 08:38 PM

I use the Kelton hollowing tools. The tools and the handles are sold separate. I have used these for a few years and find the comfortable and easy to use.

This is a link to all kinds of hollowing tools at Wood Turners Catalog AKA Craft Supplies USA

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 08:54 PM

I also use the kelton system and like it. But if you are trying to save money you should buy Dave Ellsworths new book, it has a whole section on making hollowing tools. I just made a new set and with the steel roll and cutter heads i spent about $35 for both, then i used some scrap wood for handles.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 02:56 PM

Roper: Thank you for recommending Dave Ellsworth’s new book. Sadly I have been unable to find it at the local stores. Would you be able to post an image of your tools with a brief description on how you made them? I would really appreciate any help I can get.



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