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    First Hollow Form (in progress)

    Thought I'd show the roughout of my first official hollow form with the new Monster rig. This is a little 4" x 3" piece of walnut immediately after taking it out of the DNA bath tonight. The wall thickness is about 3/8", so I still have some wood to work with for refining the form a little more. I was just jazzed to be able to get pretty even wall thickness through a 1 1/4" diameter opening.

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    The pics don't show it, but there is some nice figure in this piece of wood. It should finish out nicely in a month or so. Assuming of course, that I don't blow something up between now and then. I've been stocking up on turning blanks from eBay in anticipation of getting the hollowing rig, so I've got a number of nice blanks waiting to meet their destiny (or doom, depending on your viewpoint). Now that I've test-driven the rig, I've seen that my factory tool rest is a bit too high. I've got a new one on order, and I'll probably wait until getting the new one before turning any more with the rig. Plus, I've got some flatwork orders I need to take care of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    ...................Now that I've test-driven the rig, I've seen that my factory tool rest is a bit too high. I've got a new one on order........................
    What, you don't own an angle grinder................

    Looks good, I'm going to have to make me one of these captured hollowing rig things, one day......
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 01-23-2007 at 05:39 PM.
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    Lookin' good, Vaughn.
    Stu, you have a welder and access to steel and stuff. Why not make your own tool rest to suit your tastes and needs? Lot cheaper and maybe better than store bought. I get mine made at a local weld shop for about $10.00 each.

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    Hi Frank

    I do make my own tool rests, and they don't cost even $10, but that is a good price.

    Cheers!
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    The forms looking pretty good on that one Vaughn! Can't wait to see it's finished version!

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    Hey there Vaughn, looking good! I'm anxious to see the finished product.

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    NON TURNER

    i have a simple question for you folk, how do you get your shavings out of the hollow form. to me they would build up inside there to some extent. and no i am not intersted in gettin hooked
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    You are correct Larry. In fact, the recommended hollowing method has you turn a chamber of sorts to allow for that. Then you blow them out with an air compressor.......use your fingers..........lathe off, of course!

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    i have a simple question for you folk, how do you get your shavings out of the hollow form. to me they would build up inside there to some extent. and no i am not intersted in gettin hooked
    A spoon works well, with the lathe turning........... but use at your own risk!
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    Looking very good - please post the finished pictures!
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