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.