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I’ve got a lathe tool I bought a decade or so ago. I think it’s by Crown tools, but can’t find it on their website anymore. I just need to know what it’s called. First I’ll try with just a description, and hopefully someone can help before I have to break out the camera.

It’s not a conventional skew, gouge, scraper or diamond parting tool. It’s not carbide. The cutting tip is a ring with the bevel on the inside, like someone took a 1/2” piece of tapered pipe and beveled both openings and then welded the whole thing onto a lathe handle. One opening is slightly larger than the other. Supposedly if it’s sharpened correctly this wonder tool can hog out material on a bowl from one end, or remove shavings the size of gnats whiskers from the other. In my (less than) expert hands it has only proved capable of removing giant jagged chunks of wood the size of Montana from either end.

Anyone know what it’s called? I’m hoping to track down directions for correctly sharpening and using it somewhere on the internet.

thanks
Joe

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#1 posted 350 days ago

sounds like a Termite hollowing tool
check this out to see if thats’ what it is
http://www.woodcraft.com/category/2000411/termite-hollowing-tool.aspx

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#2 posted 350 days ago

That’s pretty close. The shape is almost the same.Mine isn’t a removable tip, it’s a one-piece tool and it looks like mine tapered a bit more. I found an image on my computer with the tool and cut out most of the other stuff in the pic. It’s the middle thing here:

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#3 posted 350 days ago

It’s basically the same thing Smitty posted. It’s a hollowing tool. Here is a video of how it works:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtMDAmQyBU0

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#4 posted 350 days ago

Thanks, found it – it’s the Robert Sorby Ring Tool.

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#5 posted 346 days ago

Joe

Mainly it is used for hollowing the inside of bowls or other bottom feeding cuts. I have one also and like using it.

You have to keep the angle right or it does not cut right. It needs to be tipped on its side about 22* to start cutting right.

Arlin

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#6 posted 346 days ago

Thanks Arlin, I found the original instructions online. Now I just need to get around to honing it.

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#7 posted 346 days ago

Sharpening that at the router table looks scary!

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