For all the years I have been wood turning, I have always had a craving to be able to do Hollow forms. However, I'm a chicken when it comes to working with a tool that is hanging over the tool holder by more than an inch or two. This hollower is a home made version of the Monster Hollower.
I have made my tool holder out of a 3/8" rod so I can make up a number of different types of cutters. I'm not much of a fan of scraper type cutters, so as you can see my #1 cutter is a carbide round cutter that can be infinitely adjusted for best performance. I plan to make a few more cutters with carbide from Hunter Tools and Easy Wood Tools. I also want to make a swan neck unit so I can get a bit closer into the neck and shoulders of the vase.
Now that I have this unit finished, I am amazed with the ease with which it moves. I wasn't sure at first if this unit would do the trick, but rest assured, one hand on the cutter holder by the tool rest and one hand on the first knuckle and you have full control. I think I will put a handle/knob on the first knuckle for something to hold onto.
Details on how to make this unit are available so send me an e-mail or download the doc below by clicking on it.