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, a 3/8" x 1/2" router collet insert, and a nylon spacer. 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
Glue a magnet at the bottom of the collet. Next, place one bearing, then the spacer, then the nylon spacer, then the second magnet. Glue the top magnet to the collet.
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!