for Decorating Wood Turnings
by Phil Colson
I wanted to share how I built a homemade mini-texturing tool for my turnings using a scrap of wood and a few common pieces of hardware. (These hardware parts are now available in a hardware parts kit from Highland Woodworking.) It uses a Dremel HSS cutter to get repeatable textures. I use it on boxes, bottle stoppers, pens, finials, bowls and hollow forms.
The hardware parts I used include a 17/32" OD by .503" ID brass tube, two 3/8" bearings with a 1/8" center, two 3/8" rare earth magnets and a 3/8" x 1/2" router collet insert. I used a scrap of wood that I had on hand for the handle.
Start by rounding the handle between centers, creating a 1/2" x 2-1/2" round tenon on one end.Chuck the tenon in spigot jaws, then finish shaping the handle. Sand and finish the handle while it's still on the lathe.
I use #100 CA Finish because it gives a hard finish and can be glossy or satin. I sand up to no sanding marks on the handle, then float the finish on the piece while it is turning slowly. I use a paper towel to apply. The #100 Ca finish has an open time of about one minute, so it self levels. Once dry, sand it with 800 grit to remove any imperfections. Buff for a gloss finish and wax for a satin finish.
Assemble the remaining components. Place the earth magnet into one end of the collet insert. Slide a bearing into the other end of the insert. It will slide down to the magnets. Put a small amount of CA glue in the insert and slide the remaining bearing into insert and level with the top. Let the glue set.
Measure the 1/2" round tenon and collet insert and cut the brass tube a little long. Put the brass tube in the spigot jaws and size with a HSS skew, using the skew as a scraper. CA glue the insert into the brass tube and glue the tube onto the dowel. Put the 1/8" shank Dremel cutter in the tool and texture away.
I have used lathe speeds from 500 to 1500 rpm and it does not seem to matter. Hold the cutter on the wood and apply pressure so the cutter cuts. I have only scratched the surface of possibilities with this tool so have fun and happy turning!
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