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Hollowing in reverse
Aug 4th, 2022 at 2:47pm
 
So is there any reason not to hollow in reverse as long as you are sure your set screw is good and tight, your tool rest is in the proper position and you are presenting the tool properly?  There seem to be advantages as far as visibility and access.
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Re: Hollowing in reverse
Reply #1 - Aug 4th, 2022 at 6:21pm
 
I rough out in normal rotation. I turn while seated on a stool, so once it is awkward (unsafe) I lock the setscrews and reverse turn with gouges and scrapers. I sand in both directions too.
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Reply #2 - Aug 4th, 2022 at 7:44pm
 
For me there are times when hollowing in reverse is easier on the back and arms. I've not had any issues when doing this
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Reply #3 - Aug 5th, 2022 at 6:49am
 
There was a guy named Wally that used to turn in reverse standing on the opposite side of the lathe. He was a turner for 70+ years and left handed. Since it worked for him I thought I'd give it a try even though I'm right handed. It worked.

(Yes, everything was locked down too)
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Reply #4 - Aug 5th, 2022 at 9:36am
 
I have done it recently and it seemed okay. It was mentioned on another site that it was dangerous and I'm not sure I see why it would be if done properly.
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Reply #5 - Aug 6th, 2022 at 9:39am
 
Dave Schweitzer, who used to own D Way tools made his hollowing set up specifically for turning in reverse. That is how he preferred to turn hollow forms...

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Reply #6 - Aug 6th, 2022 at 5:25pm
 
I couldn't think of Wally's last name, it was Dickerman.

Google him if you want to see some really nice forms.
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Re: Hollowing in reverse
Reply #7 - Aug 7th, 2022 at 8:46am
 
Is there any advantage to turning in reverse? I'm left handed and so adapted to a right hand world that I think it would be strange to turn backwards.

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Re: Hollowing in reverse
Reply #8 - Aug 7th, 2022 at 9:33am
 
Glenn Jacobs wrote on Aug 7th, 2022 at 8:46am:
Is there any advantage to turning in reverse? I'm left handed and so adapted to a right hand world that I think it would be strange to turn backwards.

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It does feel a bit strange initially.  The advantage to me is physical and mechanical. When hollowing normally I have to bend over the ways which is uncomfortable and also since my lathe is only 2 foot from a wall, my longer tool handles hit the wall when in the normal position. I am mainly talking about undercut forms. Standard open face bowls are not normally an issue.
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Re: Hollowing in reverse
Reply #9 - Aug 7th, 2022 at 1:14pm
 
Great discussion. I reverse rotation and turn from front. Others go behind with regular rotation. Turning off the end of the lathe accomodates many variations. Whatever works: results and safety! And - what's da hurry doc? Shocked
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