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    Knurl on Wood?

    Just a question out of curiosity. Does/has anyone knurl their turnings? I'm thinking of a coarse knurl somewhat similar to what might be seen on a metal shaft, not a wide cross-hatch. I would think the wood might crumble while trying to make the knurl impression, but perhaps someone has mastered a technique. Don't know of an application, just curious.
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    What kind of turning you doing it on? The first way that came to mind is with a checkering tool, like a gunsmith would use on a stock.

    Found this on amazon http://www.amazon.com/DEMBART-CHECKI.../dp/B003A07GMC
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    Here's a link to a texturing tool http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/...Texturing-Tool that you could probably get the knurled pattern with.

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    Thanks Guys, you've answered my questions. I didn't know if "knurling" could be done on wood. Guess it's called "texturing" in the woodworking arena.
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    I have seen people get a pattern similar to knurling by using a tool on the lathe that chatters - the kind of pattern we usually try to avoid. After being inspired by a demo, I ground a dead chainsaw file to a rounded point, like a scraper, so it was pretty light and prone to chatter. I tried it... it worked, but I didn't consider it THAT decorative, and am not sure I would do it routinely. But it was an interesting game.
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    Here are a couple of videos on the Robert Sorby.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fc0tiG2DN0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGDtL1LyM_A
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTKLkJorTYE

    As shown, the mm of the cutter must be matched to the hardness of the wood or you just wind up with pulp.

    Sorby also makes a chatter tool, which is completely different, for endgain.
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