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#1 posted 10-15-2010 06:28 PM

I borrowed a friends Sears duplicator like you described. He hadn’t used it in a long time and wasn’t sure if he had all the parts and ordered a manual and parts list off some site I would guess in January or February on line. I can talk with him later today and see where he got it at. They sent the manual on a CD. His duplicator used a “sled” to support the cutter that had two handles something like a porter cable router and a pin that referenced off your pattern. The pattern could be another rolling pin or a piece of wood with the outline of your rolling pin. The pattern is supported by two plates attached to your lathes tube. It worked very well despite the simplicity of the duplicator. I made a couple sets of chair legs and rungs (11 turned pieces per chair). I basically used the duplicator’s cutting tool to rough the shape out and then finished the shape with a skew to get a very smooth finish. The cutting tool supplied left a fairly rough finish on the wood I was working with. You might try google search for Sears copy cratfer manual or that site for old woodworking tools/manuals.
Let me know if you need more help. I could get the manual and make a copy and send to you also, I’ll see my friend Sunday at church.

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