About Wood Lathe Duplicators

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Wood lathe duplicators and especially helpful when producing multiple spindles or pieces in the same profile, creating identical shapes for use on a staircase or chairs. Understand how lathe duplicators work with information from a woodworking craftsman in this free video on wood crafts.

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Hi, I'm Dave Trull with the Trull Gallery, a custom furniture shop in Saint Petersburg, Florida, and we're going to talk about wood lathe duplicators. A duplicator is used when you're turning multiple spindles and you want them the same. Say if you're making spindles for a staircase, or perhaps chair spindles, you want them all to look the same so it's very difficult to do that freehand. What you would do is mount your lathe duplicator to the face of your lathe, in that you would place your pattern. The duplicator comes with a feeler and a cutter. And basically they're in the same position. So what the feeler feels on the pattern, the cutter cuts on your stock allowing you to make multiple spindles that are identical. To sum up duplicators are very useful when you're making multiple spindles of the same profile. They are a bit expensive so they're not for the amateur. They may cost as much as a basic lathe. But if you are making multiple spindles and you need them to look identical, that's the way to go. So that's some basic information about wood lathe duplicators. I'm Dave Trull with the Trull Gallery, the fine art of furniture making.


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