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I need to find a faster way to carve seats for stools and their component parts in order to sell them at a reasonable price and still make money. I've been looking at CNC machines and, just recently, duplicating carvers starting with RadarCarve. I'd like some input and shared experiences, the up and the downside before I shell out hard earned dollars. Any thoughts?
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Hello Micheal,
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What would you call a reasonable price for these items

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I built a "copycarver" from plans I purchased at Copy Carver the woodcarvers copy machine

With this machine you will need to do some hand finishing, but duplications will be accurate and very inexpensive. For a few thousand dollars more you can get a better finish and hands free carving.
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Michael,

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If price is an issue, there's a couple of things that come to mind.
In a german woodworking forum I once found a copy of a (members only) plan from fine woodworking to rout chair seats, not 100% sure you can reach it though - try here
Maybe you can find the original article as well
However, this is more or less a template / jig dedicated for seats - but easy and effective.

If you really need a copy carver / router, then the one from Bill Hyltons book "Router magic" is surely an effective and inexpensive one to build.

Both versions would need some sanding for a clean finish, depending on the router bits you use.
I can't tell yet from own experience - both those devices are on the list of things to do next summer, when my shop has thawed to a useable extend again - probably with some modifications, too

Outside routers, an easy attempt to remove bigger amounts of (unwanted) wood, might be the chainsaw adapters Lancelot and Squire from King Arthurs Tools, to be used on the angle grinder, possibly even both combined.

I have even seen the usage of an angle grinder on the lathe for quick wood removal on Youtube - but can't find it again.
However, a similar approach would be possible with the finewoodworking jig and the King Arthurs Adapters as well, I'd say, without bigger modifications. You'd be close to the final shape in no time, with just the need for some final sanding.

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John. Martin, thanks for the useful information, I am always interested in that information, I have looked at the copier by Bill Hylton and that looks like a good way to do it and the jig would be well worth making if you had the work for it, that whole book is interesting but I will also have a good look at this 'Copy Carver' before I built it and there is also a copier design at Mathias Wandels - http://woodgears.ca site. Neville

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In a german woodworking forum I once found a copy of a (members only) plan from fine woodworking to rout chair seats, not 100% sure you can reach it though - try here
Link worked fine for me. Neat, I've seen that article somewhere before. If it was me, I'd get another router, and do it. Looks like very little setup time, and routing should be quick too.

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The table is $1800, the stool, $1450, usually bargaining and multiples brings it down to $1250.
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Looks interesting. The curve in the back looks like a dicey edge to control. Bring the router back too far and it's gone. Have to think it through.
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