This is the tool that really set the bench mark for me and established me as a quality tool maker by my peers, people still ask me for this tool. I do not make them very often as they are made from 1/2” stainless steel plate, i get a shop to cnc plasma cut out the rough shape for me. Then I machine the pocket for the cutter and it’s all hand work after that. Lots of grinding, filing and sanding by hand. The early tools I sanded through the grits to 600. Now I do that and buff and polish them to a mirror like finish, they are beautiful, and they work really well too! After machining the pocket it takes about 8 hours to finish one of these. They are rounded all over and there is not a sharp edge to rub on your work anywhere. There is only about a dozen of these tools out there with a lucky few.
I started with a plate of 1/2” stainless steel.
Rough shape cnc plasma cut out
A few pics of the finished tool.
I dug a nice piece of curly oak out of a friends firewood pile to use for a handle. It was a little short for my liking but was a beautiful piece of wood so I used it.
The handled tool came out nice and had good mass and heft, I find that to be helpfull when extending the tool far off the rest.
This is a pic of the first batch of hollowers I did. It took me about 2 months to complete these, 1 a week on sundays. They are very labor intensive and I don’t do them very often, but they are very cool and work excellent.
Anybody ever work stainless steel? It’s not for those that prefer to do things the easy way!
-- wood tick tools for turners by woodtickgreg @ woodbarter.com