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I need to do a video on hollowing out containers. There's nothing wrong with a scraper for this. YOu didn't say if it's an end grain or side grain vessel. If it's it's end grain drill out the middle first. Then take a bowl gouge and tilt it so the flute is pointing to the left, not quite 9 oclock. tilt the flute up to about 10. Insert it into the hole you already drilled and cut to the left. Take light cuts at first until you get a feel for it. Once you get close to the wall you can do a sort of scrapping action with the bottom wing of the gouge. Oh I forgot that's with a swept back wing gouge grind.
If it's a side grain vessel (the grain runs perpendicular to the bed of the lathe) Then you hollow like you would hollow a bowl from the outside in. Again it helps to drill the hole first.
Look about 4 minutes into this video and I show a cut that is similar to how I use a bowl gouge. When I tilt the hercules tool to the right it's like tilting a bowl gouge and rubbing the bevel. The nose does the cutting. Tilting it to the left like I do later shows how a scraping action with the flute pointing to the left will do. Don't try to use a bowl gouge with the flute up like I do with the Hunter Hercules. It will bite you. The cutter angle and style of cutter is what lets you do this type of scraping cut. As you can see in this video this is a very good tool and never needs sharpening but it is an expensive tool. You can get them here http://www.hunterwoodturningtools.com/
 

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It is the Hunter Hercules #3.
http://www.hunterwoodturningtool.com/pages/product_herc_03.html
It is a nice tool. I have to wait for the weather to get warmer to do any serious videos although I am going to try and to do one on drilling on the lathe in my kitchen. I need to get it done for the AAW Woodturning Fundamentals which is an online instructional magazine that is part of what you get when you join the AAW (american Association of Woodturners).
I don't create a lot of shavings doing that so thought I might be able to set the mini lathe up in the kitchen. Mostly it will be close ups of what to do and what not to do when drilling on the lathe.
 
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