Shop Smith #8: Building Izzy's Lathe, Router Duplicator.

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Blog entry by htl posted 04-29-2016 12:09 AM 737 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The more I thought about it I realized I wasn’t going to be able to stand over the Shop Smith to turn the parts for my train engine so was on the look out for an option.
I don’t know how or why but Izzy’s video about making Lathe Router Duplicator [LRD] came up and the gears started turning.
Here’s his blog on it.

Needing to use the lathe to build a Toys and Joys train engine but I don’t have any lathe tools any more so what to do.
I have routers. Check
I have a Shop Smith for the lathe. Check
I have the bits needed. Check
I have some scrap oak plywood. check
Metal straps. Check

I ordered Izzy’s plans. $4 Check
I have the time. Check
The only things I’ve had to buy were the plans,and some all thread.
So I’ve got like $6 in it. LOL

So off we go to build the LRD.

First I made some brackets for the base on the SS.
I will make the base out of whats left when I build the router sled.
I have a 1/2 sheet of scrounged 3/4 oak plywood for the build.

Now for the router sled.
You need to watch Izzy’s blog for the true details
Started with some 1” scrap particle board with plastic laminate on the bottom, will be great for sliding over the table.

I would have been happy if it was 1/2 high or low but it came out dead center how cool is that.

What’s left of the ply will be the base and it’s 20 by 24?, really don’t know how big I want it but all I have to do is screw it down and it’s ready, may set it up to cut straight dowels but that’s no problem.
I still don’t have the plans so may play with a bowl or two to get the feel of it before it’s train time.

O!! It just hit me I still need to build the pattern holder but that’s no problem.

Just thought I’d add when I first was looking into duplicator I was looking at the hand held cutters and was thinking I wanted more weight for them to work right.
With this there’s plenty a weight so should be able to control it much better I would think.

May need some handles we’ll see.

That’s all focks

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#1 posted 04-29-2016 07:05 AM

To me it looks that doeing it this way is also physical easier. Like to see the sequel.

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#2 posted 04-29-2016 12:20 PM

Yeah, me too. I wanna see how it works out

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#3 posted 04-29-2016 01:17 PM

Me too!!! LOL
I could be wrong but it looks like it could be addictive, I just love to see the wood peal off a log.

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#4 posted 05-17-2016 07:58 PM

Great series. Just found it and got caught up. What’s next?

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#5 posted 05-17-2016 08:25 PM

Sorry tool hunter but I got side tracked and haven’t got back to it yet.

I was going to use it to build a train but once the train plans got here right in the middle of this build I got started on it and found I could do it with my SS disk sander and band saw so this is on stand by till I really need a lathe. Sorry
But there are some great SS parts to the train build.
Here’s the trouble maker the train.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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