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Termite ring tool hollowing cup

Another tool that I prefer to use for this type hollowing is a ring or hook tool. The tool pictured is Oneway’s Termite tool. This cuts very efficiently and cleanly on endgrain but is an aggressive tool and takes time to learn its use. The cut is from the inside and back out toward the rim.

Inside of cup sanded

The inside of the cup sanded and ready for finish.

Cup supported by cone center

I support the cup end of the goblet with a cone center that is part of the Oneway live center set. A paper towel gives a soft cushion between the finished interior of the cup and the metal of the cone and allows for slipping without damaging the finish. I use just enough pressure to steady the cup but put no pressure in the direction of the headstock that might cause the stem to flex.

Roughing gouge removing stem waste wood

Using a roughing gouge to remove some of the waste wood around the stem.

Skew reducing stem

You can also use the skew to reduce the waste areas with a slicing cut or the peeling cut where the wood is thick enough for the radial pressure exerted.

Spindle gouges will work as well. Which ever is the tool you like?

Cup turning completed

The top of the stem transition detail. I like to have some design element at the transition from cup to stem instead of curving straight in to the stem.

Turning the stem with a skew

Using the skew with an overhand supporting grip to turn the stem to its final diameter. My fingers are under the stem while my thumb and the skew are riding on the top. Keep the cutting forces in the direction of the tailstock or the headstock to minimize deflection of the stem.

Fingers supporting stem

This is the underhand finger support for the stem as I am turning. Apply only enough pressure to steady but not so much your fingers get hot.

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