homemade woodturning tools

 improvised bowl holder

 irish grinder

 not quite ellsworth but good enough

 set up to grinder

 big hollower - car torsion bar 20mm diam

 cutting tips from old files

 4ft plus!


i was asked to post some pictures of homemade hollowing tools etc.
the bars are 20mm torsion bars from a car breakers - heavy steel with little vibration, the curve was manufactured by cutting and assembling on the existing bend in the bar
the handles are just hazel drilled and banged on, they end up under arm
so do not need to be straight (no pilot drill in any case)
the length allows me step around the big beam holding the centering arm of the lath which gets in the way for hollowing
the cutting tips are from flat files ground into shape and the cutting edge finished with the home made irish grind jig, they cut well but need sharpening from time to time
subsequent tips made from car leaf springs, amazing steel, holds edge well

results on my web site 



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