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Robert Sorby
Chatter Tool

Chatter Tool
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Chattertool patterns add a neat, random decoration on end grain like box lids. These are created by using the Robert Sorby chattertool which comes with two different double-ended chattering tips and a handy scraper cutter. One chattertool tip (RS220) has a straight and a pointed end, the second (RS221) has a convex and a concave half-round end.

Chatter patterns are created by causing the spring steel tips to vibrate against the wood can be changed by altering the variables:

  • The type of wood
  • Whether working on, below or above center
  • The speed of the lathe
  • The amount the tip extends from the chattertool
  • The shape of the chattertool tip

This random nature enables the turner to produce some exquisite, yet unique decorations. Such decorations can enhance even the blandest of wood. The scraper cutter (RS222) is teardrop shaped and so has three very different shaped working faces to make it a highly versatile addition to the tool kit.

Useful tip: When sharpening the chatter cutters always make sure to raise a burr. You can always tell when these are working well as they produce a high pitched whining noise. The HSS scraper cutter is sharpened with a diamond file or hone (RS224).

Chatter Tool Kit Includes:

  • Chatter Tool
  • Chatter Tool Holder
  • Sqaure / Pointed Chatter Cutter
  • Dome / Hollow Chatter Cutter
  • Scraper Cutter
  • Screws for Scraper
  • Allen Wrench
  • Instructions
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Item# Description Price Quantity
11094 Chatter Tool / RS215KT $74.99
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