Tracing and Copying Tool

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Project by Bricofleur posted 06-13-2017 12:47 PM 2685 views 16 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I saw the ad of this tool on Facebook I fell in love with it. With such tool you can trace or copy (replicate) any 4 sides polygon, any contour and any angle. That’s handy and I had to make my own ! (think self-sufficient and DIY).
One by one I made the counterbored slots at the router table using a 1/4” and a 1/2” straight bit according to the bolts and the aluminum track flat nuts I used.

For more photos and all construction details, please watch this page of my blog.

Thanks for looking.


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 06-13-2017 01:04 PM

Nicely done.

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#2 posted 06-13-2017 01:20 PM

Super idea Serge,well done.


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#3 posted 06-13-2017 01:35 PM

Very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 06-13-2017 02:22 PM

Realy looks fantastic and practical. I see lot of practical use here as you posted on those photos.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 06-13-2017 04:20 PM

This is a nice shop-made tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 06-13-2017 04:31 PM

Great job on it. Very well done.

As it was about $3 even a tightwad,like I am, could not afford to make one. Although yours will outlast mine purchased one.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 06-13-2017 05:30 PM

Hello Serge

Very nice idea.
This tool is good addition in a shop to make a lot of projects in a house or a garden

In my favorite for the future !!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#8 posted 06-13-2017 06:15 PM

Nice job Serge, I have one of the $3 plastic ones and they are handy.

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#9 posted 06-13-2017 06:18 PM

thats very cool and nicely done Serge and I’m sure it costs much less and its made of wood !!! KUDOS !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#10 posted 06-13-2017 07:53 PM

I have to say Serge, I like yours 100 times better than the store bought one.
It has grace, style, strength, and the dignity of being made by a true craftsman.
Well done my friend.

PS: I wasn’t going to buy one of these, but now after having seen yours, I intend to make one out of some scrap I will have from a big project I’m currently working on.

And lastly, to all my Lumberjock friends.
Do yourself a favor and sign up to Serge’s blog if you haven’t already. He is one of the better content contributors out there.
Thank you Serge.

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#11 posted 06-13-2017 08:38 PM

Great tool to have around .
Thanks Serge .


-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 06-13-2017 08:52 PM

Great job :) I was only looking for something similar this week, it never occurred to make one :D and I’m on a tool making mission at this time. This is definitely on the list to do and thanks for the blog Serge :)

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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#13 posted 06-13-2017 10:19 PM

Much better than yellow plastic

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 06-26-2017 06:45 PM

Really fine version, nice and simple to make and use.
As always you find ways.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 07-07-2017 12:00 AM

Well done Serge. You’re always thinking

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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