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    Turning and attaching collars

    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.

    Last edited by Travis Stinson; 11-03-2006 at 5:15 PM.

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    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.
    Last edited by Travis Stinson; 11-03-2006 at 5:19 PM.

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    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.
    Last edited by Travis Stinson; 11-03-2006 at 5:21 PM.

  4. Very good!!!! Nice detailed instruction that is to the point. Good pictures, too.


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    Jan 2004
    Lewiston, Idaho
    Very good Travis! I hope somebody will make this an article and put it there for easy access! Excellently done!

    So much to learn, so little time.....

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    Houston, Texas
    Thanks Travis. That is nearly the way I did my first, but you added a lot of points I overlooked also. Good article.
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    Thanks for this Travis it is very helpful and appreciated.
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    May 2006
    Hamilton, NY
    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
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    Jan 2006
    Murrieta, CA
    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!

    Be Blessed


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    Just outside of Spring Green, Wisconsin
    Travis, you da man!!! 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! ) 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!!!
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    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!

    Last edited by Corey Hallagan; 07-22-2006 at 8:13 PM.

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    Jan 2005
    San Antonio, TX
    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.

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    Buse Township, MN

    A HUGE THANKS for this tutorial!!
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    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.
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    Goodland, Kansas
    Travis thanks for the info.

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