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The last big power tool I bought, some 9 months ago, was a lathe - a 1HP mid-range Delta, although it has been re-badged as a "Fox" and came from France. I wanted it for spindle turning. Since there was a special offer at the time, I also bought a copy attachment. The model number is Delta 46-945
However, I want to now use the copier but suddenly realise that I have no idea how to do so. The basic principle is not a problem - attach a pattern piece and run the copy attachment up and down so a cam follows the pattern and moves a cutter to make a reproduction in the lathe-mounted workpiece. But....
What I need to know in addition:
* Is the supplied cutter the best tool to copy with? It looks like no other woodturning tool, being just a blunt pyramid point with a vaguely sharp bottom edge.
* What is the procedure for cutting - ie what part of the tool bit is used at what angle to the workpiece; how much should be taken off at each pass over the workpiece; etc.?
If anyone can point me at the Delta manual (English if possible) and/or some other information about using lathe copy attachments, I'd be grateful.
If anyone has experience and advice, on tooling in particular, that would be very welcome too.
Photos of the toolbit attached.