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Forum topic by Underdog posted 11-11-2016 02:33 AM 1157 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Underdog

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11-11-2016 02:33 AM

Need a really fast, cheap way to turn about 500 miniature balusters. They’ll be about 3” tall x 1/4” square.
Anyone have any ideas?

-- Jim, Georgia, USA


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 11-11-2016 03:02 AM

Do you have a specific profile you need to create or is the shape flexible? Would it be possible to make them from dowels using different diameters glued end to end, perhaps?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 11-11-2016 03:14 AM

I think LJ Planeman did a lathe copier project. I threw one together and it worked pretty good.

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#3 posted 11-11-2016 04:20 PM

I would look for a place to buy them.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 11-11-2016 05:21 PM



I would look for a place to buy them.
- Rick M.

Ditto! On buying ready-made. I did that exact thing when making two small shelves for the bathroom. You buy them in pre-cut lengths.

4 ft. x 2-1/4 in. x 3/4 in. Maple Galley Rail

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#5 posted 11-12-2016 01:56 PM

piece of cake lol

Let me know the particulars.

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#6 posted 11-12-2016 05:21 PM

For those that asked about the baluster profile, it’ll be similar to this Enkeboll baluster without the carving:
http://www.enkebolldesigns.com/product_p/blr-arn-xx-6xxx.htm

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#7 posted 11-13-2016 12:17 AM

try this

Interesting. I tried to post this before but it didn’t show up

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#8 posted 11-13-2016 01:38 PM

Underdog would contact REO if haven’t already done so, he has equipment & knowledge to pump those puppy out pretty fast. Not sure about cheap but pretty sure about reasonable price.

-- Bill

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Bobthewoodbutcher

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#9 posted 11-13-2016 11:12 PM

Pen State sold a duplicator for their small CarbaTec lathe very recently. They may still know something about them. I had a similar duplicator for a Unimat many years ago, and made about 50 similar balusters for a dollhouse. Search for lathe duplicators and you may find something. They are simple gadgets and attach to a small lathe. Very fast and easy to use.

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#10 posted 11-13-2016 11:18 PM

Check out PSI’s duplicators here: https://www.pennstateind.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=SEARCH&q=duplicator

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Lazyman

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#11 posted 11-14-2016 04:58 AM

Here are a couple of links links to shop built duplicators
http://www.woodsmithplans.com/plan/lathe-duplicator/
http://lumberjocks.com/Sawdustonmyshoulder/blog/series/8353

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 11-19-2016 03:28 AM

Jim, I would make a hardwood jam chuck with a slightly tapered square opening. Make something similar that will mount on your live center. Insert each end and tighten. Have you made any profiled scrapers from old files? Perhaps one for top half and one for bottom. I made one to do a rosette on a knob. Making the profile is a bit of a challenge but then it is just push and scrape. Profiled scrapers is how the Indians turn all of the chess sets.

-- MPax, Atlanta

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