Duplicators provide a unique feature to your shop. When presented with a radial design of any complexity, these devices attach to the side of a lathe to easily recreate the same design on a new piece of material. Lathe duplicators have earned a place in many wood shops for their help on projects with multiple duplications.
When it comes to bench and stationary machinery, lathes remain a common sight. They appear in both metal and wood shops, and a variety of professionals trust them for everyday functions. Bench and stationary accessories work in conjunction with these machines to create even more specific benefits to the shop. Wood lathe duplicators use this same process, but they work with one specific function. They exist to help recreate the same lathed design on a new piece of material. Duplicators attach to the side of the lathe and guide the chisel to mirror an existing effect.
The best wood lathes already carry the features you need to craft your designs. They may work in conjunction with your grinders and sanders for these effects. Only when those effects need to be reproduced will the shop need duplicators. Other wood lathe accessories may help earlier in the process, but these attach only when the craftsman needs to recreate a successful design. Choose your lathe duplicator based on the type of lathe you already own, or consider adding one as you shop for your next lathe. Because of their common purpose, many carpenters consider these additions a must-have for their work shop.
Lathe duplicators allow your shop to tackle large projects with ease and precision. They help recreate designs for projects that require multiple versions of the same material part and do so without added stress on the worker. Use these to craft exact copies of table legs, pedestals and more.