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Lathe Duplicator

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One good turn deserves another! Create precise duplicates of spindles, table legs and other turned projects. This Lathe Duplicator attaches easily to almost any floor-model lathe, and the handwheel allows for smooth operation while cutting.

  • Will duplicate to a maximum length of 39" (depending on the lathe used)
  • Maximum duplication depth-of-cut of 2-3/8"
  • Suitable for lathe with a turning diameter of 12" to 14"
  • There is an additional $20.00 shipping charge for this item.
(1) Lathe Duplicator
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Brand No
Manufacturer Part Number TAT940808R
Weight 44.0000
Tech Spec
  • Will duplicate to a maximum length of 39" (depending on the lathe used)
  • Maximum duplication depth-of-cut of 2-3/8"
  • Suitable for lathe with a turning diameter of 12" to 14"
Tech Docs
Type Duplicator
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3.5 / 5.0
20 Reviews
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nice addition
Unit works very well but I had to modify the front bracket to fit my delta lathe. But after that minor issue it has worked very well. I have the extension on my lathe and I can cut the whole length
allowing me to make full length legs.
Really enjoy the duplicator. Would recommend and would buy it again.
February 10, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
I used this attachment on my metal lathe to cut spindles that were 4 inch dia. 36 inches long. Had to figure out how to attach it to a 1911 lodge and Shipling lathe. Once I did that it worked great. However, turn your work down round before you use the duplicator. I had to put all the metal stuff back on, turn them all down round then put the attachment on and duplicate. Turned about 20 spindles, treated wood knots too. TAKE YOUR TIME
February 18, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Recieved my dupilcator today. This is...
Recieved my dupilcator today. This is a very good duplicator for the money, Yes it does take some setting up, but what piece of equipment doesn't? Took me 1/2 a day to get comfortable with it, but by 7:00pm that night, I was turning out 2-3 26" porch spindles per hour. All in all in my opinion, this was a good purchase, have been very pleased with all of my Rockler purchases.
September 16, 2009
I've read all of the reviews...
I've read all of the reviews and one thing that hasn't been mentioned is that the duplication of spindles is so precise, that I don't think that, even the pros could resist, by stating that it is so simple and easy to set up, that my grandson and my future niece will be thrilled in way these cradles have turned out. All of the 40 spindles, are exact and true to the only original one that I had left. Making these heirloom baby cradles have been very enjoyable, with the precise duplicating of the spindles. Thanks to Rockler, I have been able to make two baby cradles at the same time.
June 1, 2008
Accomplished mission
I bought this to duplicate 34 spindles. Overall it worked, however on the 3rd spindle the clip nut stripped that locks the depth. I had to use a clamp to make sure the cutter wasn't against the wood due to spring strength. I was able to complete the spindles and they looked good.
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April 11, 2018
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Duplicator works fine
I a novice at the lathe. I found this easy to set up and use
October 20, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Kinda works
Got the basic shape but still had to do a bunch of cleanup to get a smooth spindle. Says it is for a 14" lathe but I had to add a 2" spacer to get it up to the proper height but works well after that.
June 2, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worth the money
I used this duplicator to make over 20 oak spindles. The bit did wear out after the 10th one. I did sharpen it and finished up. I also purchased a 5/16 x 2-1/2 split solid carbide blank which if placed on a slight rotation does fine cutoff work for squaring the spindle shoulders. The spindles had two beads separated by a balloon. They had a dia. Of 2.5 inches and a taper on both ends.
April 11, 2014
Set up is a challange but,...
Set up is a challange but, once you have it set up the end results are very good. It is worth the money. I wish the cutting tip lasted longer so, I would recomend buying one or two spares. This duplicator has made my wood working life so much easier.
June 1, 2010
I bought this duplicator several years...
I bought this duplicator several years ago, and ended up leaving it unopened on a shelf. Recently had a need to make multiple turned and carved balusters, and decided a duplicator was necessary for the top 14" section. The manufacturer claims this is intended for a 14" lathe, but it needed 5/8" - 3/4" risers between the bed and mount to fit a lathe that size. I've never seen a consumer duplicator yet that left a smooth finish or can copy a steep parting cut. This was no exception. However, precise parting cuts can easily be made when roughing out the blank before using the duplicator, and it takes very little effort to sand out the minor ridges and irregularities left in the finished work. With one hand on the lever controlling depth of cut, and the other on the wheel guiding movement side to side, the user has ample control of the cutting tool. For the price, it is a good duplicator for occasional use and a worthwhile addition to the shop. Worth noting: the duplicator is supported by sleeves that drop down onto posts. One of the sleeves on mine was not plumb, which forces the mount to not sit flat on the lathe bed -- easy to fix when making a riser block, but an annoyance anyhow.
January 26, 2009
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Students are making a few tables with turnpieces
Edward V on Sep 24, 2018
I need a duplicator to copy small spindles(40) for a woodturning project.
Paul S on Apr 12, 2018
Students are making a few tables with turnpieces
Edward V on Sep 24, 2018
To duplicate.
Kenneth T on Sep 12, 2018
I need a duplicator to copy small spindles(40) for a woodturning project.
Paul S on Apr 12, 2018
seemed to be simple to use.
BOBBY W on Feb 28, 2018
I want to use it to duplicate baseball bats
Andrew S on Feb 13, 2018
I would think again about being charged for shipping TWICE when on top of the add it states free shipping on orders of $35.00 or more.
Dale E on Sep 26, 2017
To reproduce spindles for staircase. Hopefully more jobs in the future.
Brian B on Jan 3, 2017
ratings were good and looks well built.
Paul R on Jan 3, 2017
To make a special item in my shop that took too long manualy
Thomas G on Dec 4, 2015
Needed to copy old spindles. Going to try and modify on a metal lathe to do the work.
Robert R on Dec 2, 2015
to duplicate styles on a stair way
Brenda H on Nov 21, 2015
Thought it looked like the best for the money.
Dennis M on Sep 27, 2015
It looks as if it will meet my needs.
Ronald M on May 26, 2015
After reading reviews sounded like the one I wanted
Danny K on May 7, 2015
wanted to duplicate some fancy spindles.
Larry B on Apr 15, 2015
To duplicate.
Kenneth T on Sep 12, 2018
seemed to be simple to use.
BOBBY W on Feb 28, 2018
Will this fit a Central Machinery lathe from Harbor Freights, 12"x 36"?
Jesse B on Sep 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: by the way it mounts to the bed it looks compatible... I have a Central 12x18 with a bed extension... the manual is available on Rocklers site under Technical downloads...
How to set up duplicator in different size lathes? to get the cutter height correct to the centerline of the lathe?
Rich S on Jan 25, 2017
Will it work on an old Style Rockwell lathe?
Eugene C on Apr 18, 2016
Will this fit the Excelsior Mini Lathe with the bed extension?
Rick S on Nov 29, 2015
Lathe Duplicator
Lathe Duplicator
Excelsior Mini Lathe
Excelsior Mini Lathe
Bed Extension for Excelsior Mini Lathe MC-1018
Bed Extension for Excelsior Mini Lathe MC-1018
BEST ANSWER: Sorry no, this lathe duplicator is not compatible with the Excelsior mini lathe.
What is the proper height of the cutter to the center line of the lathe?
Rich S on Jan 26, 2017
Will it work on shopsmith?
A shopper on Apr 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure that the lathe duplicator will work on the Shopsmith because of how it mounts to the bed (or rails in the shopsmiths case). In the photos you can see there are two knobs that bolt through the bed. Those mounts allow you to move the duplicator in and out to adjust for the diameter of the piece your turning, they are also set so that the tool at the center of the work piece on 12" diameter lathes. It might be worth reading through the manual under Technical Specs (page 3) has some pictures of the mounting setup.
Would this work with the jet 1221vs lathe with a bed extension?
Timothy G on Jul 22, 2017
will duplicator work with a jet 1442 lathe?
A shopper on Jun 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The duplicator will work with any lathe. The issue is you may have to do some minor mods to the mounting brackets to make it work for your machine. It is not made for universal mounting but, hey, we are all woodworkers always making jigs and mods to make other things work.
Is there any duplicator out there that fits on a Excelsior mini lathe with extension bed ?
Thomas M on Dec 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I put mine on and older craftsman lathe with tube type rails had to make some minor alterations but worked great.
will this duplicator work on a craftsman 12 inch? I'm not sure about the mounting.
Robert L on Jul 25, 2016
Will it work on jet 1220?
A shopper on Apr 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I do not know. I have a Harbor Fright 36" lathe and it works great on it.
Will this fit my 1980s shop smith?
Fredrick on Aug 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: In reviewing the Shop Smith Lathes, it appears that this may very well fit your lathe with either no or very little modifications! The one thing that I see that may cause some issues is that on the Shop Smith Lathes, it appears that they use two round bars to slide the head back and forth on. You may need to create some type of a mechanical stop to keep the duplicator from walking on the bars.
I bought one used. Where can I get a manual?
K U on Nov 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Manual is on Rockler's Webpage. Scroll down the lathe duplicator page and there is a link under to "Technical Downloads."
Can this be used with the Nova Comet ll ?
James K on Aug 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I do not know. I used it with a harbor freight lathe very effectivly with no adjustments. Very versitile!
Can someone with some knowledge just give me a call so I can ask several questions ASAP?
Kirkwood on Jan 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I purchased this item to make stair railing spindles. Can I help with any questions?
How much can you take off at one time. Will it work to make a baseball bat ?
Carl T on Oct 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Two things: 1) this is for general sizing only, it doesn't take off much at a time 2) You still have to do some sort of finish cut as well as sanding. For something as simple as a baseball bat I do not think it is worth the effort and cost.
Will this work on a Powermatic 3520B?
Tom T on Jul 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Interesting. My brother-in-law has the 3520B and I have turned on it. The best answer I can give you is that the duplicator from Rockler has adjustable play on the attatching assembly which says to me that it's possible it would work Just an added note. I have found in my many years on the lathe that a good wire welder and a bit of "Mcguiver" attitude and your wood turning will be much more enjoyable. Keep in mind you will need steady rollers with the smaller diameter and longer turnings. I sure hope I have been of some help.P.S. The thickness of the bed rails on your lathe might be an issue of longer bolts on the duplicator attatchments
will this work on a Lanova 18/36 lathe?
Michael R on Apr 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure. I have it on a Harbor freight lathe. It has an opening between the frame, a couple inches. Just put the lags through the frame, turn cross ways, an tighten. It works great for me but I am retired and that's my hobby, wood working.
I recently purchased a NOVA 46000 Comet II 12 Inch by 16 1/2-Inch Variable Speed Midi Lathe with a 23" bed extender attachment. Will this duplicator work with this lathe?
Philip P on Jan 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have a 12" Harbor Fright lath. it is 36" long. If your lathe is 36" long on the working bed then I think it will work. Deryl
Will this duplicator fit a delta midi-lathe 46-460?
James F on Dec 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is very universal but as far as that particular model I'm not sure
Does this duplicator work with a this specific lathe: JET JWL-1642-2EVS, 16"x42"EVS PRO?
Kevin F on Dec 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: My father , the owner of this lather, who lives in Puerto Rico and dosent speak English,and after I consulted with him this question, said that he is sure it will fit your JET, he owns a 1950 craftsman lather and it worrks perfectly,
Can anyone tell me if it works with a Jet 1014VSI with a bed extender on it; and if not, are there easy modifications that would fix any known issues? Thank you.
Bob F on Aug 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It should bolt onto the bed with out a problem, BUT the cutting tool will be an inch too high (since it is designed to fit a 12" lathe). I had to cut an inch off of the bottom of the fixed tubes that are welded to the Main Frame. You loose a set screw but the cutting tool is lined up with the center.
I have a JET 1220VS lathe complete with bed extension, will the duplicator be suitable for use with this machine ?
Greg G on May 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It did not fit my Grizzly 16' swing lathe as it was too low for the swing. I had to put 1.5' blocks to raise its height to center line. It was not hard to do, just took some thinking. I really found the handle to move it to be almost useless unless a very light cut was taken but I could just push it instead. I am making dining table chairs with lots of spindles and other than those problems, I have found it to be worth the buy.
Will this work on a grizzly 10x18?
Christopher D on Dec 28, 2017
Will it work on a record power dml63sh?
Ryan M on Dec 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The duplicator works great. I have it on a Harbor freight lathe I bought used. I don't know how your lathe is made, it needs a split bed for the bolts to drop through. Two bolts to fasted it down is all there is to it. You will enjoy it. Dennis
Will this duplicate baseball bats?
C_tob24 on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, As long as they are not longer then 39".
I see from the answers that a user said it "might" work on the JET 1220VS lathe. Please, has the enquirer tried it and did it work? Anxiously awaiting reply before I buy. Roger.
Roger M on Jul 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am not 100% sure the device will fit your your lathe, however; I can say with complete confidence that this device fits my Central Machinery lathe (Jet knock off) with no issues. It works as promised as long as the operator makes shallow passes. I had to order a replacement handle because I used too much torque. That's the only issue I encountered.
What is the maximum thickness that will fit in the duplicator?
Michael F on Jul 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The manual says the Workpiece capacity is 5.9 in (150mm) and the Copy Sample Limiting Dia. is 1.9in (50mm). The tool can travel 2.5" (6cm), which means you can copy a shape up 5" diameter before you have to readjust the tool.
Will this fit and work on my proper mini q pool cue lathe?
Jeffery T on May 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not without modifying either the lathe or the duplicator. It is designed for lathes with centers at least 6" above the bed
Will this duplicator work on my shop fox lathe model w1758?
Len C on Feb 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Should mount right on.
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