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    Steel snake

    My version of Capt. Eddie,Wayne Bower, Bill Bolen and Bob Setsi steel snake!
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    John...
    Newbie here... what the heck it that and how it it used?
    Dewey

    Everything is better with inlay or marquetry!

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    steel snake

    It's Capt. Eddies version of the Elbo and Monster hollowing tool . Makes turning Hollow forms a wizz and easy on the arms. go to You tube and search for Elbo or Monster Hollowing tools. You'll be amazed at how easy it make HF to do.

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    Looks good, John. What size of boring bar did you use?
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    John,
    Very well done looks solid & the color matches your lathe.

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    John great looking tool and looks like it will do the job. What size of boring bar?

    Dewey it makes doing a HF so nice. I had the kelton hollowers and with arthur in my elbow and hands it just beat me to death. I bought the Monster from Randy Privett and what a dream to use. I can do a couple of HF's sometimes three in a day where as before I barely could get one done and not without the help of about 3 advil.

    I would love to make some of my tools but with a part time clock repair shop and a full time job if I made tools I would never get to turn.
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    Steel Snake

    I made two boring bars, both 1/2' dia. One is a swan neck. I'm using the a Jamieson and Sorby swivel cutter holders. The Sorby is used on the top side rather than below. Had to file the groove to accept the 3/16" cutter tip. It will fit the Hunter round carbide assembly also. The bars are too long right now , will work on cutting them down between 6' and 7" when I get back. They are 10" now and too long for my Jet 1220. I 'll be in Nashville tomorrow afternoon.

    You're right sometimes I feel that buying tools is easier than the time to make them. But the satisfaction of making it yourself has bragging rights and a sense of accomplishment. Like a nicely turned bowl or HF.
    Last edited by John D. Frigillana Jr.; 03-22-2009 at 06:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie Weishapl View Post
    John great looking tool and looks like it will do the job. What size of boring bar?

    Dewey it makes doing a HF so nice. I had the kelton hollowers and with arthur in my elbow and hands it just beat me to death. I bought the Monster from Randy Privett and what a dream to use. I can do a couple of HF's sometimes three in a day where as before I barely could get one done and not without the help of about 3 advil.

    I would love to make some of my tools but with a part time clock repair shop and a full time job if I made tools I would never get to turn.
    Would I need to get the mini version to fit the 1220vs?
    Dewey

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    Steel Snake

    I have a Jet 1220 , not the 1220V. The Elbo Hollowing System or the Mini Monster Hollowing System is made for Mini-Midi lathes. Just let them know your lathe size and they will give you the appropriate mounts.

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    Nicely done. I know you will like the tool. They work well. I don't know if the home built version is as good the manufactured ones but working with tools that you have built is priceless.

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