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Old 04-02-2019, 07:51 PM   #1
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Hello my question is how do you hollow out logs, I need to have some hollowed out so that they can be used as centerpieces dose any one know how to hollow out logs.
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Hello my question is how do you hollow out logs, I need to have some hollowed out so that they can be used as centerpieces dose any one know how to hollow out logs.
How big are they, how big will the hole be and how long are the logs.
In Seattle I saw where they have salvaged old water pipes made out of logs so the technology is out there.
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I often see this same question on this and other woodworking forums:

what is your skill set ?
what tools do you have on hand ?
what diameter and how deep is the hole ?
do you want to hollow the end grain or on the side ?
what kind of wood are you using ?
is the wood green freshly cut or dried for years ?
how long do you want them to last ?
what will you put in the hollowed out part ?
more information of most of the questions above
will get you more accurate information.
a sample photo of what you want to achieve will help the most.
it is very important for you to know that an inexperienced person,
using the wrong tools, with the wrong technique, could quickly land
you in your local Emergency Room with some very serious injuries !!!!
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I often see this same question on this and other woodworking forums:

what is your skill set ?
what tools do you have on hand ?
what diameter and how deep is the hole ?
do you want to hollow the end grain or on the side ?
what kind of wood are you using ?
is the wood green freshly cut or dried for years ?
how long do you want them to last ?
what will you put in the hollowed out part ?
more information of most of the questions above
will get you more accurate information.
a sample photo of what you want to achieve will help the most.
it is very important for you to know that an inexperienced person,
using the wrong tools, with the wrong technique, could quickly land
you in your local Emergency Room with some very serious injuries !!!!
Thanks for the pictures.

I'm up to my eyeteeth in palm logs, though I suspect they won't lend themselves as well to the crafts you illustrate.

Still, worth a thought!
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width should be about 6 1/2in round and about 5 1/2 in long they will be stood end for end at one end flowers will be put in the hole. the hole for the flowers not sure on.
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The picture up above with the flowers is about what I need to do this project the tree is going to be fresh cut may be a week lay time not sure on that part. no I'm not doing the work I'm going to have my husband do this for me. I know that I had him hollow me out small holes in small logs so that I could put solar light in them. you know the ones that have the stake in them, I would remove the stake and stick the sloar light part in the hole.
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drilling into end grain is a challenge for any craftsman.
especially in green unseasoned wood.
the species of the wood used will also have a dramatic impact on the process.
IF I were doing it, I would use a 2" Forstner Bit in a drill press
using overlapping bites. if your husband is a woodworker,
he will understand the process.
if not, he or you, can come back and ask for explicit instructions
to do it safely. (photos of your logs after you get them cut will help).
a flat spade bit will also work but is hard to do the overlapping
hole design. he can experiment with both to see what works best
for your particular wood in its present condition.
he could also use a bandsaw to cut out the core and install a bottom
in the log. the "entry cut" can be fixed so it will be invisible.

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The method shown in Neal's clips are with dry wood. It could still work with green wood but will be trickier. Drilling into green wood, particularly with a large diameter bit can cause binding which can range between annoying, painful and dangerous. With the diameter of 61/2", whatever method hubby uses, make sure he anchors the log well.
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The method shown in Neal's clips are with dry wood. It could still work with green wood but will be trickier. Drilling into green wood, particularly with a large diameter bit can cause binding which can range between annoying, painful and dangerous. With the diameter of 61/2", whatever method hubby uses, make sure he anchors the log well.
Thank you for your helpful ideal, I liked the video it showed what i needed to see on how it was done.
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