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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:52 am 
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I realize I'm not an experienced turner, but I thought I could make an ornament.

No luck!

I just don't know enough.

I wish one of you would come give me a lesson. I think I would trade a BUNCH of wood for some help.

Arggggg!


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I'd teach you how to scroll for a bunch of wood!!!! It's been 30 years since I turned......

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Hi, Scotman:
You don't say what kind of ornament you are trying to make. I have an article on my website and a Youtube video series on making one like this:

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http://bobhamswwing.com/Articles/Christ ... ament1.htm

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p ... 2F7F97CBF7

There is also a video of making little acorn birdhouse ornaments like these:

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http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p ... 398A3E3706

Take care
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VERY helpful Bob! I went to Woodcraft today and picked up some hollowing tools. I was using the wrong tools.

Funny thing...I am building Christmas gifts to "save money."

But the folks at Woodcraft took me for a total of $320.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:45 pm 
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Scotman wrote:
VERY helpful Bob! I went to Woodcraft today and picked up some hollowing tools. I was using the wrong tools.

Funny thing...I am building Christmas gifts to "save money."

But the folks at Woodcraft took me for a total of $320.


Sounds about right. :D

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For something the size of a Christmas ornament you can make a hollowing tool pretty easily. I used a piece of 3/16" keystock ( the stuff they use to make the little pieces that go in the slot between a pulley and motor shaft, usually available at auto parts stores in 12" lengths for a couple of dollars) to make this one:

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It just has a short handle on it for one handed use for light hollowing. Keystock is not very good steel for tools and probably wouldn't work too well with mesquite. It worked fine on soft maple and mahogany. Many turners use old allen keys to make hollowing tools for small items. That said, I did buy one of the small Kelton undercutters and it cuts much better than my homemade hollower.

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Bob's exactly right. No need to spend a bunch of money for hollowing ornaments. Now we tell ya huh? :D

I just used an old hex key and turned a handle from walnut, and used a copper tubing cutoff for the ferule. Works great! Well... except for that one time... :oops:

Make sure to bend the tool so that there's a goose neck and the tip of the tool lines up with the axis of the handle. Otherwise the right angle of the tool, the ornament that hangs up, and lathe rotation have the mechanical advantage on you, which can result in some fairly spectacular things such as pinched fingers and exploding ornament globes.... don't ask me how I know this.

You can also see my extensive acorn birdhouse (and eyelet) tutorial here (for the time being, the webmaster keeps moving it):
http://www.classiccitywoodturners.com/D ... yelets.pdf

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