I made my own hollowing rig and steady rest – it was a pandemic project. I looked at commercially available rigs and took what I thought were the best parts of each. It’s a Frankenstein hollowing rig. It was amazingly simple to make – a few cuts on a horizontal bandsaw, drill holes and a few taps. It is put together with bolts. The original plan was to put together with bolts, test it, make sure the geometry was right, make adjustments then weld the pieces together. Surprisingly, the rig is very stiff, little to no vibration so I didn’t need to weld it. I think this is a result of the decision to make it out of thicker than needed steel (I am good at over engineering things). The laser holder needs to be reworked. But it is good enough for now. It’s made of 1018 steel and a little bit of aluminum. The cutting tools are 1018 5/8” round bar with ¼” M42 cutters. Total cost was about $100. I also made a sharpening jig to hold the cutters.
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