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Derek Lane27/02/2014 17:21:30
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At last I was able to have a proper go at the crown hollowing system that I brought.
This was using the cutters and scraper rather than the ring tool.

Wood is unknown except the ring at the opening which is cherry.

This measures 5" X 2 1/2". I managed to get a small catch while I was cleaning the inside and damaged the lip so a quick fix with the cherry,the cherry not being enough of a contrast I used some stain to darken it.


Eugene Anderson02/03/2014 10:52:23
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Nice one Derek, the white wood is Sycamore..


Derek Lane02/03/2014 17:28:50
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Thank you Eugene I have had quite a few people suggest sycamore to me on other forums.

Steven03/03/2014 21:58:15
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Very nice hollow form Derek, a bit of lace figure coming through on the Sycamore, beautiful.


Derek Lane03/03/2014 22:21:01
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Thank you Steven this was from a block someone gave me

Bruce Rauncar12/03/2014 18:51:06
173 forum posts

It's a pretty hollow form and great save. The stained cherry makes a great contrast with the sycamore which made it prettier. Great job Derek!

Simon Reeves13/03/2014 12:58:26
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Excellent first go Derek. How did you find the Crown system to work with? As you know, I'm looking to buy something similar, probably at Yandles next month.


Derek Lane13/03/2014 13:55:49
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Thank you Bruce and Simon.

Remember that I have only used this a few of times. So this is my first impressions.

I found it easy to set up, comfortable to hold and the side handle is great if you extend the cutter out to the side.

The scrapers/cutters that come with it I found needed to have a little work to them, like the top cleaned off with a diamond file and just a quick rub along the edge to give a nice cutting/scraping edge. But that was just a very minor niggle once I had done that there was no problems

The ring tool was sharp straight out of the packet so no work needed to use that. I set for the most aggressive cut and angled the head down as In Mark Sangers video to get finer cuts.

I had a couple of little judders but that could have been me just learning and getting the feel of it.

So overall I am very pleased with it and have yet to try a deep hollow form. I did buy the 5/8" shaft as well for deeper forms it uses the same cutter heads as the 1/2" shaft.

Steve J W31/03/2014 18:32:46
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I have a ring tool I find it bites into the wood to much - however fine I set it it still digs in.

Ron Davis01/04/2014 19:46:30
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I had fun when I bought a ring tool, I eventually worked out that it is best on end grain and use a fairly steep shear angle square on and it will dig in. I seem to remember seeing it described as a bowl gouge turned sideways which rang a bell with me. I use it when I cant get any further with a gouge.


Carl Longden03/04/2014 19:08:24
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another great piece Derek, I love simple designs and shapes, allowing the wood and it's qualities to be the focus. I enjoy your work very much, very inspiring.

Derek Lane03/04/2014 20:52:03
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Thank you all. Glad you enjoy some of the things of mine

Steve I have mine set to the most aggressive cut and rotate the tool anti clockwise to about 45deg and take light cuts without forcing the tool into the wood. Have a look at Mark Sangers video

I put that up and forgot to ask which ring tool you had

Edited By Derek Lane on 03/04/2014 20:53:17

Edited By Derek Lane on 03/04/2014 20:54:46

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