3D Router Pantograph

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Project by woodoogolem posted 07-20-2014 09:08 AM 7025 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week I finished the build of my router pantograph including the tool mount for a Dremel tool.

I took the opportunity to make some dice. They turned out quite nice. The remaining problem is the rounding of the edges which needs better fixing and adjusting. As soon as I have mastered that I will post some pics.

I case you want to try this yourself I have also posted here the template for the dots on each side. I made this from a photo copy of another smaller wooden die I bought years ago. For the 6 there are two possibilities: one which has the same dimensions as the others and a broader one and. It is also a matter of how big the dots are. You need to try yourself.

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#1 posted 07-20-2014 11:24 AM

Interesting, it looks like your pantograph will work with one or two dremels. Was it rather difficult to work out the adding of the second dremel?

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#2 posted 07-20-2014 12:52 PM

Interesting, it looks like your pantograph will work with one or two dremels.

- OttoH

Unsure if I got the question right :-) but there is only one motor mounted at any time. I just was too lazy to dismout the router motor as I currently don’t intend to try something with the Dremel. I just built it right now as I was at it.

The other motor is a Kress which I normally use in my tilting router lift It may look like a bigger Dremel, but it is one of the few machines here in Germany that allow custom mounting. I am aware of only one 12mm motor and a round housing in the style which is common in the US :-(

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#3 posted 07-20-2014 02:10 PM


This is a great project.

Is this your design? I’ve thought of building one of these, too, primarily for sign making.

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#4 posted 07-20-2014 02:14 PM

Verry daring and challenging project! Something I maybe don’t need right now but definately want to try to built just for fun and challenge.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 07-20-2014 06:01 PM

Interesting, thanks for posting

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 07-20-2014 08:20 PM

Very challenging project. I loved using a pantograph when I was a boy.
I have a Dupli-carver, made by Terrco. It will do 3-d carving and have the jigs that come with it to duplicate gun stocks if anyone is interested. I rescued it from being junked, but it is in very workable, good condition. They even have a website and instruction on how to use this thing.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#7 posted 07-21-2014 12:11 PM

Some people commented this a challenging project. Actually it was not :-)

It was merely a matter of buying the excellent plans from Matthias Wandel, cutting the mostly simple pieces according to plan and putting them together in the right order and at the right places. If you look carefully at the Dremel mount you will notice that I failed on the later and need to cut away a piece.

The most challenging part was to find a way to mount my european style router motor and my Dremel tool.

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