My not so fancy tool handle lathe duplicator

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Project by Steve Preslar posted 12-19-2016 03:22 AM 2750 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I have a piece of plywood that wedges into my lathe base keeping it from moving and is perfectly flat. I then traced the design from my yellowheart and padauk handle, cut out the shape and attached it to my base. A full size cutting tool locks into the block of pine making sure the reach is the same as the phillips bit I’m using to read the pattern. I made my handle design so all I need to cut the shape is a round carbide tip. The pine block is very heavy, and with the tool handle attached, does a great job. I will be adding a handhold to the pine block itself. The solid oak handle was made with my duplicator. The next upgrade will be removable templates. It’s not fancy but it works!

-- Live, lathe, and prosper. - William Gwin

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#1 posted 12-19-2016 06:54 AM

What the…. That’s awesome! With results like that who cares if how you get there doesn’t look fancy.

-- I make bowls and spoons.

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#2 posted 12-19-2016 04:12 PM

Neat idea. Would love to see a video of it in action

-- Max - Birmingham, AL

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#3 posted 12-20-2016 05:37 AM

Read this over several times and think I have figured it out.The block attaches to the lathe tool somehow on center and then you cut at 90 degrees. seems to me you should still need a tool rest.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Steve Preslar

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#4 posted 12-20-2016 11:50 AM

My pine block is the tool rest. It slides freely on the plywood base that sits on my lathe. The Phillips bit in the bottom of the pine block rides (reads) the pattern board attached to the plywood base. I screw a small piece of wood over the top of the pine block which locks my cutting tool in place and gives me a large handle. The only setup is to make sure my round carbide tip (locked in the top of my sliding pine block) sticks out the same distance as the Phillips bit I use to read the pattern board. Hope this helps

-- Live, lathe, and prosper. - William Gwin

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#5 posted 12-20-2016 04:06 PM

Yea took me a while to get my head wrapped around this. Whole thing is deceptively simple, obviously it works, can’t argue with results. Lathe chisel is strapped to the top of the block, little phillips bit rides along the template. The whole chisel/block/phillips bit thing is one monolithic piece that slides back and forth on top of the plywood. the template that is on top of they plywood ensures the lathe chisel can only move into the piece so far.

-- Ted

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Steve Preslar

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#6 posted 12-20-2016 04:23 PM

You got it

-- Live, lathe, and prosper. - William Gwin

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#7 posted 12-20-2016 10:46 PM

Nice work!!

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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