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Thread: What tool to use to hollow potpourri bowl

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    What tool to use to hollow potpourri bowl

    I'm trying to turn a potpourri bowl. I dont have any real hollowing tools yet. In the past I made do with a bowl gouge but I would like to do something better. I hope to build a hollowing jig this winter but until then.....what should I use. Should I buy a "swan neck" tool for shallow hollowing? Is this the best way to go with shallow bowls?

    Tom
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    I'd suggest a Swan Neck Tom. I have one that's ok, but I went the Monster route.
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    I'm going to try it with my easily made boring tools. They have worked great on the little bird houses. I want to make a curved neck on before I start on my potpourri pots.
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    I did my first potpourri bowl before I picked up some hollowing tools with the bowl gouge and then round nose scrapers. Took awhile but it worked. Just couldn't get close up under the lid and had to be careful going from the sides to the bottom.
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    I'll second Paul's suggestion. For very little money, you can make a straight boring bar that'd do most if not all of the hollowing. A bent one would be handy for getting up under the shoulder of the bowl, but they are harder to control than straight ones. I also have boring bars with scraper bits at the end...those work well for finishing cuts on the inside.

    You've probably seen it, but in case you haven't, here's one way to make them...

    http://www.familywoodworking.org/for...ad.php?t=13545

    And as a bonus, if you use a removable handle on any boring bars you make now, they can likely also be used with a hollowing rig in the future.
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    Vaughn should know. His tools are the ones I copied. I use mine on spindle type work also.
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    I use one of the Sorby tools with goose neck. Works fine for me.
    Dennis

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    Sorby swan neck is what I started with and then went to the monster tools.
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    Well you can make them and its a fun process but it does have some headaches along the way - at least for me it did but it was fun to figure out how to over come them........and they cut great........
    The easiest way is to buy a Monster hollowing rig and call it a done deal. I bought one along time back and it will do everything I want and the support is great............I would buy one again.
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    Tom,
    When you get ready to make your hollowing rig, let me know and I'd be happy to show pictures of one I made. I, like so many others would love to have a Monster set-up, but I'm very pleased with the one I made.

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