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I have no idea about "tools" in regards to hands on work. I slap my father for that ::saber::, unlike what I'm trying to teach my son. I can barely operate a hammer without having black and blue thumbs.

Anyways, forgive me if this seems novice to you folks that know how to do this, but I was wondering what tool is used to make something like in the photos. I rented out a cabin in TN a few weeks ago and they had a nifty "ash tray" that was made out of a cut log and the top was hollowed out for the butts. Not only could it be used for an ashtray, but other things as well came to mind. Regardless, what "tool" would you use to do such a task?

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Almost looks like they used it on a lathe. Kind of like when they turn bowls out of one piece wood, or maybe they used a router....a lot.
 

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I think I could accomplish this task by making the circle cut with a jigsaw and then using my wood chisels to carve out the cut area.
 

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either of those tools will work but if you want to do it in a more "rustic" way you can use hot coals carefully in small amounts to burn the center and then scrape it away as it burns down. Would be a longer process but also a cool way of doing it.
 

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If you're good, just chisels. If you're smart, a Bridgeport style horizontal mill will cut it out, or a overhead router. I don't claim to be either.
 

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I vote for chisels. I'm not that great of a wood worker, but believe I could do that in less than an hour. Shouldn't be that difficult.
 

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I would use a router with a bit that cuts the bottom and sides at the same time with a bushing collar. Maybe start with a plywood jig with about a 2 inch hole in it to start and then enlarge the hole in the plywood jig after each pass. Pretty cool ashtray.I think that would be easier than trying to mount such a large piece in a lathe. That would work though.
 

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I have no idea about "tools" in regards to hands on work. I slap my father for that ::saber::, unlike what I'm trying to teach my son. I can barely operate a hammer without having black and blue thumbs.

Anyways, forgive me if this seems novice to you folks that know how to do this, but I was wondering what tool is used to make something like in the photos. I rented out a cabin in TN a few weeks ago and they had a nifty "ash tray" that was made out of a cut log and the top was hollowed out for the butts. Not only could it be used for an ashtray, but other things as well came to mind. Regardless, what "tool" would you use to do such a task?

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Like the native Americans did, with a dug out canoe,fire and a gouging implement.
 

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I would go with the coals, you can easily build a device like a stump burner, check you tube, and then stop the process, only need an air source and some sheet metal. If you mess up, just try again.
I can see some off my cousins and I "plunge cutting a skill saw" to get the same results, but I would NOT suggest it. But then again, me and my cousins never were too smart............
 

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I vote for chisels. I'm not that great of a wood worker, but believe I could do that in less than an hour. Shouldn't be that difficult.
Have to agree with you. A Lathe would have been rounder and a log that size would take a good size machine.
Good sharp chisel and some time
 

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Please, remember you are going to have to register that "cigarrette and ash holding device" with the federal governement, and becouse it is considered a flammable material, you have to have it registered and insured in your name, with a blood a nd dna sample provided... Also, since you are planning to repurpose and alter the original design, you will have to be federeally inspected prior to use, and annually taxed on said devise......
Actually, I think I will try one, would look awesome by my fire pit..
 

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That log was hollowed out with a chainsaw making several cuts and then a fire to burn it out.
 

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A beaver who has a real smoking problem. Notice the tooth marks on the filters and the way he smoked them down to a 1/4 inch from the filter.
 

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I made a six piece set of wood bowls for a friend from hickory. I used a hand router to do it & didn't take long at all. Finsihed the inside off with a dremel tool with metal grinding bit to remove the router marks.
 
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