Pantograph test

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Project by Ivan posted 03-23-2017 06:42 PM 1988 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The aim of this test was to determine horizontal and vertical straight lines, limits and ratios.
Since I have few holes very close to each other, all ratios are simmilar so I put set up with 1,8 :1 vertical and 1,9 : 1 horizontal ratio – on sample 10×60 cm – turned out some 5,5×30 cm.
Regarding limits, the table I used is big enough to make signs aprox. 12,5×30 cm.
I had some trouble to make parallel lines with bottom edge of the table, so in order to make parallel sign I had to angle bottom guide slat some 0,5 degree on right side.
Same problem was to make vertical line – I angled vertical guide for some 1 degree to the right.
That way I determined how I have to put carving pattern to make correctly alligned sign – horizontaly and verticaly in relation to the table edges.
Last, I made some irregular shape and carved it in ratio determined.
Still, I have to test various fonts and shapes, in future.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#1 posted 03-23-2017 07:07 PM

love your ability to look at a tool or determine whats needed and create it from nothing,you amaze me with your you have training as an engineer?this pantograph is just one example of your abilities,great job ivan.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 03-23-2017 08:19 PM

a very good test for a hand designed tool …. when you get the hang of it …you will really love this tool you have made …..they are really neat ….. I use to own 1 from sears ..too complicated for me to use …LMAO ….so I end up free handing all my signs …GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 03-23-2017 08:28 PM

Nicely done Ivan. It will be interesting to see what projects you create with this.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 03-23-2017 08:56 PM

Great work Ivan. It truly is outstanding. I really enjoy the things you come up with and your creative mind. Keep us posted on how it goes.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#5 posted 03-23-2017 09:06 PM

Really interesting Ivan, thanks for sharing this.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 03-23-2017 09:09 PM

Looks good so far. This will be great for sign making. Keep up the great work. I’m working on something now to carve names.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 03-24-2017 12:43 AM

Very interesting Ivan. I’ll be watching for your next post!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 03-24-2017 01:24 AM

good job Ivan..looking forward to some fruits of your labor….

-- "just be yourself, everyone else is taken"....Oscar Wilde

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#9 posted 03-24-2017 04:39 AM

nice to see it working.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 03-24-2017 05:39 AM

It looks like you are on a good path to a working pantograph, keep it up.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 03-24-2017 06:34 AM

Good testing on your new machine> it is very important to know it well before using it on a good piece that you have a lot of work into!!

cheers, my friend…............................................................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 03-24-2017 07:45 AM

Awesome job. Ive been wanting to make one for a while.

-- LaShunda - No Final destination moments please !

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#13 posted 03-24-2017 09:26 AM

amazing work, I’m sure you will make some incredible things with it.

-- frankie v

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#14 posted 03-24-2017 11:09 AM

Ivan, this is a wonderful project and you have done a fine job on it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 03-24-2017 08:40 PM

Thanks all for views and comments, ofcourse and contributing to my 37th Daily top 3.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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