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25th Aug 2008, 12:42 PM
i was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction, i am looking for a wood duplicating lathe or wood copying lathe, i am new to this stuff but looking at making baseball bats


Ed Reiss
25th Aug 2008, 12:58 PM
Hi JD...

You might want to check out Hapfco and Laguna...they both have decent copy lathes.

Ed :D

Jim Carroll
25th Aug 2008, 07:52 PM
You need to look for one witha travelling steady right on the cutter.
The big problem with baseball bats is that the small diameter can create whip on the cutter.

joe greiner
26th Aug 2008, 02:32 AM
True duplicating lathes typically cut by scraping, and leave a tool finish needing a lot of sanding or extra work. Depending on your production level, you might be better off with a "parallax pattern jig:" http://www.delorie.com/wood/tips/parallax-jig.html

Still on my bucket list, alas, so I can't vouch for it.

A slow-turning router lathe (with high-speed router) could reduce the finishing problem and eliminate the need for a steady, but with additional engineering needed for template following.