Router Pantograph

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Project by Tinnocker posted 04-05-2011 04:04 AM 69802 views 60 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished building the router pantograph designed by Matthias Wandel at I purchased his plan with the intention of making use of the machine to be able to make signs to sell at craft fairs and the flea market. I was a little bit worried that I would have trouble with it because his drawings and plans are in metric. But I figured I’d pick up a metric tape measure and give it a try. You can see the result! It works very well, so well that I just bought another set of plans for his horizontal slot morti9cer and tenon jig. This man as far as I am concerned is a mechanical genius! He is able to make foolproof plans that I was able to build from and understand.
More pics here:

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#1 posted 04-05-2011 04:19 AM


It´s an human brain steered CNC router, Lol

Great work you´ve done with Mathias plans. One year ago I purchased the horizontal mortiser plan. It is still in my todo list.

Congrats on your finishing it

-- Back home. Fernando

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 05:10 AM

“This man as far as I am concerned is a mechanical genius!”


Great work following his plans.

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 06:01 AM

ya i want to build his finger joint jig so bad.
you know how many different setups for finger joint sizes i have. jesus.

-- Ben L

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 08:39 AM

Ahh toys for the boys. I remember getting something like that for Christmas, years ago, when I was a kid.
It was the same basic idea, clamp at 1 end and holders for 2 pencils. You drew over a picture with one pencil and the other one copied it onto a sheet of paper.
Do we really ever grow up? lol

Strong looking project Tinnocker. Best of luck with the sign making.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#5 posted 04-05-2011 08:40 AM

I just looked at his website. This thing just got moved to the top of my to-do list. How long did it take you to build?

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#6 posted 04-05-2011 08:41 AM

Wow great to see you put this up! I just purchased the same plans this afternoon, so now if I can just get the dozen projects on the go finished I can get started on this one. ;)

-- Cheers, Joel Elder

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#7 posted 04-05-2011 10:08 AM

Great result…well done.

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Jeffery Mullen

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#8 posted 04-05-2011 10:11 AM

Wow great job putting the jig together and making it work for you. I am making a sign for a customer, He wanted his business card blown up to a 12×12 ” size and painted and layered with glued on parts to the board to give the coffee sign a 3-D look to it . Any ways I am getting paid $ 50.00 for 8 hours of wood work and painting it. I don’t do signs much but when I do I make good side money from the jobs I take from people. best part about it no over head and mostly profit. I would Like to get a plan like yours down the road I believe I would use it. Dose the pattern cost allot ?? Later Lumber jock friend.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#9 posted 04-05-2011 01:19 PM

Thomas Jefferson’s polygraph machine comes to mind. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#10 posted 04-05-2011 01:30 PM

If you purchased the plans in Sketch Up then you can convert the plans to empirical using the options in Sketch Up. I will have to check those plans out, probably buy another one. :-)

-- Mel,

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#11 posted 04-05-2011 01:40 PM

Great project. Thanks for posting the info.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#12 posted 04-05-2011 02:31 PM

Nice job, how long did it take you to build it? are you going to make the templets for the letters so it will be 3d.

I built his Pantorouter the plans made it so easy to build. Thanks for sharing

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

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#13 posted 04-05-2011 05:43 PM

You are right… that man is a genius,and you did a great job :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#14 posted 04-05-2011 07:49 PM

great job with that pantograph :-)

hank´s for sharing it with us
take care

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#15 posted 04-06-2011 12:42 AM

You did a fantastic job on that and the results speak for themselves.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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