Wood carving duplicator tools

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Wood carving duplicator tools are a major time saver for woodworkers who need to easily and accurately copy an existing shape or duplicate an original carving. The craftsman using a duplicator can complete in minutes what may have taken hours to originally carve.

Precious time is freed up for the woodworker to concentrate on the finer points of detail carving and finishing work. Wood carving duplicator tools can vary widely in features and cost.

Professional Carving Machines

The professional wood carving duplicator is designed for the woodcarver who is working in volume to exact specifications. Machines designed for the mass production of violins, violas, guitars, basses and gun stocks can cost from about £1,787 to £4,875 and up. With these machines, the finished product demands high prices that justify the cost for the professional luthier or gunsmith. A free table plan download is also available.

Build-Your-Own Plans

Plans are available online to build your own wood carving duplicator. These instructions can be downloaded for about £13. The finished machine stores and operates in a small area and you can build it yourself in about four hours at an additional cost of approximately £97. This duplicator employs common router bits and power carving burrs to duplicate original carvings or 3D objects.


A pantograph-duplicator made from scrap lumber is the most economical project of all. This machine was fashioned from scrap 2-by-4 inch lumber, a rotary saw, an old drill and a concrete block. A small router follows the action of a tracing bit that moves around the shape of an original carving. The jig moves up/down, left/right and forward/ backward. A swing box created with brass hinges allows for freedom of movement.