View Full Version : Turnin and Attaching Collars

Travis Stinson
07-22-2006, 6:31 PM
Here's my method of turning and attaching collars to hollow forms. Like most other things, there's lots of ways to do this, but I've found this to be the easiest.
1. You can make the opening a little bigger than you normally would. Square up the shoulders of the opening.

2. Roughly round the collar stock on the bandsaw. Jam against the face of the chuck jaws with the tailstock.

3.Use a parting tool to form a tenon the thickness of the HF wall to fit inside the opening of the HF. Undercut the edge of the rim to make sure the perimeter of the collar sits flush with the body of the HF.

4. Lightly chamfer the lower edge of the collar.

5. Check the fit of the collar in the HF (Sorry, that pic was too blurry:( ) and reverse on chuck, holding the tenon with the jaws. I have used a glue block and turned it down to the diameter of the tenon, then glue the collar onto it with thick CA glue. Using the chuck jaws is much simpler.


Travis Stinson
07-22-2006, 6:38 PM
6. Turn the outside profile of the collar.

7. Remove from chuck and check profile in HF.

8. Rechuck and turn or drill the opening. I like to use a 3/8" spindle gouge with a fingernail grind.

9. SAND! I usually sand my collars to 2500 grit.

10. Finished sanding. Remove all dust with mineral spirits.

Travis Stinson
07-22-2006, 6:44 PM
11. Run a bead of thick CA glue around the edge of the tenon.

12. Ready for finish! Remember to align the grain when you glue the collar in!;)

13. To add a finial, turn and square a stepped opening in the collar for the small tenon on the finial to fit inside.

Mark Cothren
07-22-2006, 6:56 PM
Very good!!!! Nice detailed instruction that is to the point. Good pictures, too.


Ken Fitzgerald
07-22-2006, 7:02 PM
Very good Travis! I hope somebody will make this an article and put it there for easy access! Excellently done!:)

Cecil Arnold
07-22-2006, 7:31 PM
Thanks Travis. That is nearly the way I did my first, but you added a lot of points I overlooked also. Good article.

Christopher K. Hartley
07-22-2006, 7:32 PM
Thanks for this Travis it is very helpful and appreciated.:)

Ben Werner
07-22-2006, 7:37 PM
Thanks, although I wont be utilizing this for now (I dont have the tools at this point to make a HF :() I'll save it for later. Very detailed, and I should be able to do it from this.
Thanks Travis:D

George Conklin
07-22-2006, 7:46 PM
Thanks a whole bunch for taking the time to give us this tutorial.

I am even more amazed by your talent of being able to turn one handed and take pictures with the other!

;) :D :)

John Miliunas
07-22-2006, 7:51 PM
Travis, you da man!!! :D I've added this link to my "Favorites/Woodworking/Turning" file, threw it in my "links" and a shortcut on my desktop!!! Might even print it out! :) (Hey, can't be too careful with important "How-to's", you know!:rolleyes: ) Many thanks, my friend! You've taken the mystery out of how to do this process for me. Now all I need to do is to learn how to do hollow forms!!! :o :) :cool:

Corey Hallagan
07-22-2006, 8:07 PM
Awesome Travis. This really explains alot for me. Thank you very kindly for taking the time to do this Travis. One question if I may. In the third photo where you are turning the tennon you are using a parting tool. You have already turned the tennon in normal parting tool mode right? In this photo are you using just the edge of the point tool or the whole edge? Is this prone to catching in this mode? When you say undercutting are you king of sloping it like you would a dovetail on a tennon? Thanks again Travis!


Ed Scolforo
07-22-2006, 8:24 PM
Travis, I want to echo what the others have said, thanks so much for the tutorial, I'll be using your instructions in the future.

Barry Stratton
07-22-2006, 8:32 PM

A HUGE THANKS for this tutorial!!

Travis Stinson
07-22-2006, 10:22 PM
Corey, I'm using the whole edge of the parting tool, just angled to get the sloping undercut into the corner. I hope I explained everything OK.;)

Bernie Weishapl
07-22-2006, 10:29 PM
Travis thanks for the info.

Dick Parr
07-23-2006, 2:08 AM
Great job Travis, you make it look so easy.:rolleyes:

Jack Ferrell
07-23-2006, 2:48 AM
I was looking at a pic of a HF with a collar just yesterday and wondering what was a good method of making one. Now I know. Thread saved. Thank you Travis.

Philip Duffy
07-23-2006, 5:25 AM
Wonderful tutorial, and with pics! Thanks, Phil

Claude Arragon
07-23-2006, 6:22 AM
very well done explanation for an outstanding result.
In additon the mixing of woods does increase the "lightness" of the bowl shape.

Dennis Peacock
07-23-2006, 6:56 AM
Most EXCELLENT Travis...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I know a bit more about collar work. Thanks buddy. I appreciate all the effort it took to put this together. :D

Cecil Arnold
07-23-2006, 11:09 AM
Oh Shelley, you have one foot on the slope and another about to find the banana peel. Come on in to the vortex, you'll enjoy it.

Corey Hallagan
07-23-2006, 11:09 AM
Got yah Travis. Thanks!


Andy Hoyt
07-23-2006, 11:23 AM
Thanks! I needed this.

Well done.

Mystery debunked.

Frank Chaffee
07-23-2006, 12:59 PM
Thanks for sharing your techniques as well as your artistry with us.


Claude Arragon
07-23-2006, 1:21 PM
you are close to getting the "Turnensis Virus" ;)

tod evans
07-23-2006, 2:04 PM
you are close to getting the "Turnensis Virus" ;)

claude, she`s hooked and knows it just won`t admit it publicly yet..02 tod

Vaughn McMillan
07-23-2006, 2:21 PM
Many thanks for taking the time to put the tutorial together, Travis. It answered many questions for me. Now all I need is the skill to put it to use, but hopefully that'll come in time. ;)

- Vaughn

Vaughn McMillan
07-23-2006, 2:23 PM
Don't fight it, Shelly. You're starting to sound suspiciously like Tyler, and we all know how much good all that resistance did him. :D

- Vaughn

tod evans
07-23-2006, 2:30 PM
And Evans......I thought we were friends, buddies, amigos, comrades in arms......:eek:

shelley, don`t try and cry foul just `cause i stated the obvious.....try and remember i`m the guy who spins stuff to augment flat work not instead of it.....sure we`re buddys but you`ve gotta admit that with the amount of time you spend over here on the dizzy side that a bleach job may very well be in your near future:) . it ain`t so bad look at frank now:rolleyes: .02 tod

Christopher K. Hartley
07-23-2006, 5:30 PM
...Sheesh....I should know better than to come over to "the other side". That's the DARK side Shelley...see what happens when you venture in?:eek:

Mike Ramsey
07-24-2006, 12:48 PM
A great tutorial Travis! Printed it & put in in my "How To" binder.

Ernie Nyvall
07-25-2006, 8:11 PM
Way to go Travis. So when's the Travis Stenson turning video coming out?


Andy Hoyt
11-03-2006, 5:24 PM
Bumping this one back up top because it's good stuff.

And to let y'all know that Travis has fixed the pics which means I'll be moving it to the Articles Forum.