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Forum topic by Keith Fenton posted 04-15-2011 01:20 AM 1952 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Keith Fenton

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04-15-2011 01:20 AM

In a search for hollowing tools, I first checked out some of the obvious Canadian websites such as Busy Bee Tools and Lee Valley. Then I did a Google search for more Canadian suppliers to see what else I could find without ordering across the border from the U.S.

I know with Lee Valley you do get to feel comfortable that they will back up any product they are selling but I did discover something that will make me question and look around before I ever buy anything from them in the future…,330,49232

They sure look like the exact same tool to me, not to mention the descriptions are the same, word for word… that sure is one hell of a markup!

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#1 posted 04-15-2011 01:30 AM

It sure looks like this one to me.

I don’t have it, but I do have a different Crown tool. It is very good quality.

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#2 posted 04-15-2011 02:18 AM

The tool at seems to be a photo of a Crown Tools hollower, but the brand name is “Maxwood”, which looks like it may be a house brand? I see they’re selling an oil drain pan under the same name.

Amazon is also selling a similar Crown hollower for $135.

Something doesn’t seem right. I’d call/email them and ask KM if that photo is accurate and how can they sell such a quality tool at 1/4 the price of other stores.

-- The Wood Nerd --

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#3 posted 04-16-2011 04:39 PM

It’s like anything else , alot things are made at the same company just another name printed on them
Example :At General Foods seen cool whip being ran then supervisor say switch labels we need * amount of this brand. Birds eye vegetables seen them back the truck in full of corn and package them in generic bags then switch to Birds eye bags same corn from the same farmer. but yes there are some differnence’s in some things even though they may look the same

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 12:23 AM

Check out this site:

I’ve made a similar tool but instead of a hook, I bought some 1/4” metal-lathe bits and ground them to whatever profile I needed/wanted. It has worked great for me so far,i.e., I have yet to encounter anything I can’t do with them. Total cost for the tool was about $5-8 dollars as I had a bit of 1/2” rod already in the shop. Most of the cost was for the 1/4” bits which I got from Enco.

Hope that helps.

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

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Keith Fenton

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 03:39 AM

Thanks very much for the links.

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 03:44 AM

You can buy all different shaped carbide inserts with a hole in the center. If you use a drill rod shaft, mill a flat on the end and tap a hole and you will have a boring bar with replaceable bits for a long time.
I’d question the round shaft. It seem like a flat on the bottom would give better control when you are deep in a hollow form. Also, that is a very skinny shaft for that length. I would expect a bar that thin to chatter like no tomorrow deep inside a hollow form. Going that deep, I’d want one 1” or better in diameter.

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

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#7 posted 04-17-2011 06:46 AM

I didn’t really intend to buy that tool in particular… I was just noting the price difference.

This is the one I ended up ordering. I also picked an extra of both tips. I hope it is decent for moderate sized hollowing.

I also plan to get some small tools from here:

I have several acquaintances that praise them highly. I did try them out but really don’t have anything to compare them to since I’m a noob :)

And I ordered this too…

Between the lathe, chisels, chuck, sharpening equipment, and pen kits, I spent a few bucks :)

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#8 posted 04-17-2011 06:51 AM

And this is the lathe I ordered… I can’t wait!

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