Monday, October 23, 2017

Hollowing Through The Bottom - by Wes Jones

Instructor: Wes JonesWes Jones was our demonstrator on August 12, 2008.  His class on "Hollowing Through The Bottom" was well organized, easy to follow and presented several enlightening tips and jigs for handling special situations.

Notes provided by Wes Jones from his Chattahoochee Woodturners class on August 12, 2008.

  1. True up cylinder of wood between centers
  2. Cut tenon on bottom and reduce diameter adjacent to tenon
  3. Cut off 1" slice from bottom for plug
  4. With cylinder between centers, cut tenon on bottom and top
  5. Chuck up plug piece and cut 10 degree angle
  6. Chuck hollowform from bottom and drill 3/8" diameter thru top
  7. Create outside shape, leaving neck thick for strength
  8. Reverse and drill 1.5" diameter bore through bottom, gauging depth carefully
  9. Hollow out, shaping inside of neck carefully
  10. Create 10 degree taper opening for plug in bottom
  11. Fit plug, align grain, and glue in
  12. Clamp to dry overnight (polyurethane glue)
  13. Chuck by bottom and shape top
  14. Reverse and chuck with dowel in hole in top
  15. Shape bottom and sand hollowform
  16. Cut grooves in bottom to hide glue line
  17. Off the lathe, cutt off nub on bottom and sand bottom
  18. Hand sand if needed and finish as desired

For more information contact Wes Jones.

Pictures by Paul Proffitt

Cutting the plug off the bottom of the blankPlug cut with a 10 degree bevel

Hollowing through the bottomPlugging the bottom after hollowing