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#1 posted 04-17-2016 02:59 PM

Do duplicators really work?
I was told they don t so left it at that.

- Nikki

Yes, they do work, but depending on the tool may/may not produce a piece ready for finishing.

Commercial furniture manufacturing lathes employ patterns and duplicators to knock out chair legs, table legs, spindles, etc. by the thousands. These systems can take raw billets and spit out a finished product that is pretty much untouched by human hands.

Duplicators for home and small shop lathes, on the other hand, vary in the quality of the turned piece. There are some higher-priced models that can do a very respectable job, while the lower cost models can produce a rough turning that requires some additional gouge/skew work and a lot of sanding.

Skilled production turners (and there are several who frequent this forum) can copy pieces from a pattern by eye with gouges and chisels, calipers, etc. While their work may not be an exact duplicate of the original, skilled production turners can get them so close you can’t tell the difference between the original and the copies with the naked eye.

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