Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
I'm not a fan of duplicators. I don't think they leave a good enough finish and can't do fine details. However I do understand that a lot of people want to try one. All they really are is a platform for the tool bit holder. A raised tool bit holder with a V shaped cutter then some sort of follower that runs on your original. I've seen them made out of wood but the best homemade version I've seen was a metal post welded to metal gear. This sat on a wooden table supported by the bed of the lathe. Then the cutter was fixed on top of the post and a metal rod ran through the post near the bottom. The metal rod traced the original. Try doing a google search on homemade duplicators.