Part three of our Hollow Form Turning Series builds on the skills you practiced from parts one and two, then brings it all together to make a true hollow form: a hollow vessel with a narrow opening.
After years of turning, primarily in support of his furniture work, Ralph has recently been spending a lot more time on the lathe doing "pure" turning work. There is a certain satisfaction from watching the curls gracefully fly from the lathe as his creation slowly emerges...
In part two of our Hollow Form Turning Series, Ralph demonstrates how to turn a small bowl with an undercut lip. This allows you to experience a mild hollow turning while you can still easily see and measure the inside walls.
Hollow form turning does not have to be intimidating! In this three-part series Ralph shows you how to ease into the process, building your skills along the way.
Part one is turning a scoop or goblet form. This will get you turning deep pockets, helps you learn how to gauge wall thickness as you work, and gives you experience working beyond the tool rest.
Both Nova and Easy Wood Tools offer a quick change chuck. Why would you want one? Which should you buy? Ralph explains the advantages of using a quick change chuck and discusses the features of each unit to help you make the choice that's right for your shop.
While small parts can be turned from a larger blank, the challenge is in centering a threaded insert without splitting the dime-sized knob. In this video, Ralph demonstates how to add the insert before turning and use it as the center. This technique has the added bonus of using a lot less wood - so important when working with costly exotics!
Ralph has been using Easy Wood Tools carbide insert tools for some time now. He really likes spending time turning rather than sharpening, but the carbide inserts still need changing every so often.
Ralph has been experimenting with mounting small "action" video cameras to tools to get a different perspective on his woodworking. This was shot using a Looxcie HD.
A quick and accurate method for drilling long narrow blanks for pens and similar projects.
Ralph reviews the Mini Detailer from Lee Valley Tools' Easy Wood Tools™ line. Watch this short video and learn why Ralph thinks carbide tipped turning tools are an excellent choice for hobbyists and beginning woodturners.