18″ Hollowform

Large Hollow form tool

I have wanted to get a large hollow form tool since I saw one at the AAW convention in Richmond VA.  I saw Steve Sinner turn with a tool much like the one I made.  I created my own drawings from a sketch that I made at the convention and from memory.  The next step was to find a welder and machinist to make it.  After 3 months the first place I took the drawings had not produced anything.  I ended up using a machinist my friend Chuck knows.  The results were very good.  I am planning on tweaking the design a little by adding ribs to the secondary tool rest, as well as ribs to the base plate of the banjo.