In this section, I have listed several designs and plans that will help you in your quest to better your turnings. Please feel free to use any of them free of charge. Please don't sell these plans. Share them with anyone you like.
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Hollowing, especially end grain timbers can be a challenge. Entering through a small, 1” or less, diameter hole makes using a bowl gouge nearly impossible. Hand-held hollowing tools are better but still put a lot of stress on the user. I designed and built this articulating hollowing tool to overcome the short comings of traditional and even other specialized hollowing tools on the market.
Square the ends of any pen blank regardless of tube diameter. Simply cut your blanks to length. Drill the correct diameter hole in the center of your blank. Glue your tube in the hole. After the glue sets, mount your blank on the jig. Slide the jig and blank across the sanding disc until flat. The end will be perfectly square every time.
The pine cones can be week and it is not possible to get resin into every void. I have found that pine cones have air pockets that sometimes cannot be filled. Therefor, these blanks require some special turning steps.