I spent time over the weekend making a lathe duplicator. It will copy stuff approx 35-38 inches long. I designed it to copy the martial arts weapons I am making. I can also use it to make posts for a headboard footboard set that I want to make down the road. I could always make a shorter version for shorter stuff. I made a cutting tool from an old screwdriver shaft by grinding it down. My first attempt was horrible and just shreaded the surface of the wood. My second attempt was better, but still not useable. I believe the problem is the tool, but it is possible the problem is the wood. For testing purposes I am starting with a cheap 1 1/4 inch dowel. The HSS cutting tool blanks I ordered should show up this week. But I also ordered a replacement cutting tool for a Delta duplicator. This way I will know the tool should work, and any problems I am having are elsewhere in the design. My duplicator design is based on one that some guys were using to make fishing plugs. The thread is located here with pictures: http://www.stripersonline.com/cgi-bin/ubb_547C/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=11;t=001928;p=0
What I am doing is pretty much the same thing, except I need to turn longer pieces. When I get this stuff set up, I should be able to produce these things in quantities.