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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Palm Springs, Ca

    Hollowing Day Three

    Today i had some time to play in the garage with the hollowing rig again and completed another turning with some of the tips from Vaughn and Bernie.
    I mounted up a pc of mesquite ("Dry")and turned the form and reversed, drilled, and roughed out the interior with my Ci1. Then i set up the hollowing rig and this time i wanted to try the angle cutter so i aligned the laser dot with the side of the cutter at about 1/4" away from the tool. i started slowly cutting from the tip in slowly. I stopped just before the shoulder going in checked my laser position, then again at the shoulder going around the curve and down, then again at the start of the walls past the shoulder, then at the bottom curve where it transitions to the bottom.
    Without thinking about what i was doing truthfully i finished the entire hollow form without changing cutters. The inside and bottom were very smooth and i was basically done except for some final sanding and finishing.
    So here are my observations so far after turning 2 holllow forms with the Monster Rig.

    - Checking and repositioning the laser to the part of the cutting tool that is actually going to hit the wood frequently as you guys suggested works great.
    - I made the hole in the hollow form just big enough so the ange cutter would fit in...In the case of the angle cutter (see pic) the cutter's bit is long and i was not about to cut it down so i just made the hole a bit bigger so i could get it to go in at a angle.

    - Frequent stops to blow out chips or you get alot of chatter and jumps in the cutting.

    - After going from top to bottom i made another pass - very lightly to clean up marks and to try to get as smooth of a finish as i could. The bottom curve of the form going to the very bottom was a bit more difficult for me but completed.

    - Setting the laser as you suggested kept me safely away from going thru the side wall and i ended with a wall thickness of 1/8 fairly consistent

    Pic 1 - shows angle cutting tip
    Pic 2 - Second hollow form with just angle cutter
    Pic 3 - Tomm. hollow form - Walnut
    Pic 4 - A finished Holly bowl from past work
    Pic 5 - Yesterday's First hollow form i turned now finished
    Last edited by Dan Mosley; 10-06-2009 at 04:54 AM.
    First you have to learn the rules - Beginner
    Then you have to learn advanced rules - Professional
    Then you disregard the rules - This takes you to the master level................

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    There ya go. As Bernie said, after a few they'll start getting easier.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Dan things are looking good. Every one you do will just be easier and easier. Keep'em coming.
    Bernie W.

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    and say, ďHi, Honey, Iím home Ė forever.Ē

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    NorCal, USA
    Boy, I canít wait to see what happens on Halloween Day 13!

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