Easy Wood Tools / Midi Lathe Duplicator #1: Making the 'Stands'

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Blog entry by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 02-01-2015 11:46 PM 65352 reads 20 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Easy Wood Tools / Midi Lathe Duplicator series Part 2: Turned the Finials. »

As they say, ‘Necessity is the Mother of Invention’ and you, the woodworker, knows that fact the best.

I have a little job where I am going to make 4 finials for a mahogany antique bed. I tried to buy some pre-made finials online but I couldn’t find any that matched the size and the style. Besides, the finials I found were maple and I just don’t want to try to match the finish already in the hole of trying to make maple look like mahogany.

I have a set of Easy Wood Tools that I love to use. They make turning easy and thus enjoyable. So, I decided to make a duplicator set up with them. I have seen several duplicator set ups online and I guess the first one I saw that inspired me was the Shopsmith version.

I used 3/4” MDF for the construction and mending plates as hardware.

Since I have 3 different tools, I made a stand for each one. I did make an extra stand because I hope to get another midi rougher and put a square edged cutter on it.

Here are the stand with the tools mounted on them. I only have one of the ‘followers’ made and it’s for the detailer. (Super Bowl is about to start, so out of the shop for a few hours)

The platform is just a piece of MDF with a 1/2” plywood spline in the space between the ways and a couple of 1/2” plywood ‘washers’ and 1/4” bolts through T-nuts.

I really like the fact that a couple of turns with a screwdriver and the tools are released so I can use them conventionally.

The ‘follower’ is held in place the same way the tool is held and I can move it in or out to adjust how close to the template I want to come.

Here are some photos of the stand without the tool or ‘follower’.

The next task is make ‘followers’ to match the Finisher and the Radius Rougher.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#1 posted 02-02-2015 02:37 AM

Really interesting concept. Anxious to see how it all works out. I agree with you on the EWT, they are great to use.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 02-02-2015 07:54 AM

Simple and effective, but above that, a fantastic idea.


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#3 posted 02-02-2015 04:34 PM

Dang! When do have time to do all that thinking?
How do you attach the “model” of what you’re duplicating?

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#4 posted 02-02-2015 10:06 PM

Well, I guess it’s something I have been planning since I saw Norm using his Shopsmith duplicator back in the 1990’s.

I am going to attach the ‘model’ or ‘pattern’ to the MDF ‘table’. I’m going to is an old printer’s trick and pin register it so I can make several patterns and switch between them.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 04:52 AM

Interesting idea, I’ll have to keep it in mind.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 11-16-2015 12:21 AM

I’ll have to bookmark this one for when I get my shop done and set up the lathe again. I like the way this looks and I can always cut my patterns on my CNC machine. Thanks for the great idea!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#7 posted 04-26-2016 12:04 PM

Nice project!
Will be finding out myself how well it works shortly when I make my own.
One change, I don’t have any cutters so will be making my own to fit.
Again nice job!!!

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