one hand is always tied up holding onto the piece while the other
hand tries to do the work.
I just had
my machinist friend make me this tool. It is a holder which goes
into the tool post on my lathe. My chucks have a 1"-8 thread and
will screw onto this tool. The adjustments make it possible to tilt
and rotate the work in any position.
In this picture of the
tool with a chuck screwed on, and it has its chuck key in it.
Next is the whole thing. With a hollow form held in place I can pierce, texture, paint,
anything I want to do. The piece can be tilted and rotated so any
position is easily accomplished. Hollow forms and bowls usually have
a piece left at the base which allows the chuck to hold it. This
piece is often removed by hand when the piece is finished.
Before I had this tool I
had to hold a hollow form in my lap to work on it. This makes life a
lot easier. The original has a plastic handle while mine has a
one piece steel handle. By the way, this is not an original idea. I
copied it from a tool that another turner bought. She told me it
cost $150. I like free better.
With hollow form in chuck.
Tips from Old Millrat - James D. Thompson