Building the Copy Carver
It's a straight forward weekend project. An
evening to read the plans, a day to round up all the parts needed and an afternoon to cut the pieces,
assemble and start using your woodcarving duplicator. Actual build
time from start to actually using it averages under 4 hours.
Basic woodworking skills, common hand tools and an
accurate table saw are all that is needed for this project. Accuracy
is the key to building this machine, both in following the measurements provided
in the plans and cutting the pieces to size. If you follow the well
written plans and take your time cutting the pieces to size you will have a
three dimensional carving duplicator with precision accuracy.
The plans contain a material list of everything needed,
including a cut list for the wood components. Each step of construction is
outlined with pictures and computer drawings to aid in assembly.
machine I use now was the final prototype made years ago. It
was built from standard 3/4" birch plywood, drywall screws, piano
hinges and some left over paint. Not much to look at but a real work
Over the years I have received pictures of machines built using red oak plywood, brass screws, brass piano hinges.
The wood was sanded, stained and sealed like that of fine furniture. The
builders tell me the extra cost of using premium materials only added $40 on
average to the final cost of the project and when they were done it looked like
something purchased commercially, as opposed to my mine which looks like a old
school woodshop project.
If you are one that takes great pride in how well something's
looks as well as it performs make the upgrade now and enjoy showing it off to
friends. There are times when I kick around building a high end "show
off" machine, but those notions quickly fade when I am done for the day and
I hang it on the wall with no regard for it getting scratched or banged
around. If it was a furniture grade piece I would feel guilty and need to
dedicate an area in the shop to leave it set up on display. Both have
their advantages, but for the moment the "casual look" fits my use
Copy Carver User Testimonial
I purchased plans for your copy carver several months ago. We have
had problems carving complex curves in our trim which goes on the house of
our custom sportfishing boats. Sometimes we make them wrong and have to
start over again. I got the idea to make the initial part out of trim
segments and then use the copy carver to duplicate the part into our teak
wood. A piece of teak large enough to make one of these corners cost
several hundred dollars. If you make a mistake not only do you waste the
wood but all of the time involved.
Anyway...The project was a great success.
Made 4 of the main corners and 2 more smaller front corners and ended up
with 100% usable parts and one of the best looking trim rails that we have
Hope you like the pictures." ~John Whiticar
ps.. you can see more of the project on our web site...