1 to 1 Router Pattern Duplicator

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Project by luv2learn posted 05-22-2012 10:35 PM 50513 views 36 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I posted my 3D pantograph build. That machine would duplicate a pattern at 1/2 or 1/3 scale depending on how you set it up. I thought it would be nice to have a machine that would not only duplicate a pattern at 1/2 or 1/3 scale but also full scale.

Rather than have two machines, the 3D pantograph and a full scale duplicator I set out to see whether or not I could combine the two. This is my attempt at a dual purpose machine. I used the 3D pantograph framework with a few modifications for the full scale duplicator.

The full scale router pattern duplicator can copy patterns 15” wide by approximately 48” long. The plywood bed of the duplicator is 37” by 60”. The welcome sign shown is 6” by 24”. The router runs horizontally on a 5/8” diameter steel shaft with bronze bushings as bearings. The entire frame rolls back and fourth on four roller blade wheels.

When in the 3D pantograph mode the wheels are locked in place as is the horizontal movement.

Matthais Wandel just posted videos and plans of his new copy carver. I can turn my machine into a copy carver as well but I would have to redesign the router framework so that it would pivot at the router itself. I can’t use the 3D pantograph framework for this purpose. But for now I will see how well I can get at making signs.

You can see more photos of this build here.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 11:19 PM

I must look into this.

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#2 posted 05-23-2012 12:09 AM

That is so cool, thanks for posting.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#3 posted 05-23-2012 12:38 AM

COOL stuff!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 05-23-2012 12:42 AM

Great build ! Very inovative.

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#5 posted 05-23-2012 01:21 AM

Looks looks like a very good build and equally good results,
however upon close examination to see that your rollerblades may have been scraficed to produce the tranist mech.

OMG I hope not we need to still get our exercise too !!


Robert Brennan

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#6 posted 05-23-2012 01:35 AM

As alwasy luv2learn you amaze me! This is something I would love to play with! You really got me thinking now!
Nice work!

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

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#7 posted 05-23-2012 02:12 AM

Wow, I love your design, it takes up way less space than the previous design I was considering. May I copy it more or less? Thanks!

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#8 posted 05-23-2012 03:16 AM

Thanks everyone for kind remarks.

To Robert, the safest place for those roller blade wheels are on the machine rather than my feet.

To woodshaver, go for it buddy!!

And to Philtheluthier, be my guest but check out Matthias Wandel’s copy carver I like the size of my machine but I will probably build another router mount that swivels like his.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 05-23-2012 08:49 AM

Another great project….just keep your mind working and keep giving us these great ideas.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 05-23-2012 10:05 AM

Perfect machine. Thanks for posting.

-- Jiri

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#11 posted 05-23-2012 10:59 AM

Now that you have a duplicator, you’re going to find all kinds of things to do with it…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#12 posted 05-23-2012 12:04 PM

Very cool.
I am actually looking at building Mathius’s 1:1 scale duplicator. It will be a few weeks before I can afford the plans and parts to do it though. So if you make any improvements, please post back here or send me a PM. I will put this on my watchlist. I definately want the capabilities to cut 1:1 scale, but like you, am not really wanting to have another machine that does such similar work as the two machines I already have now (large and small pantograph).


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#13 posted 05-23-2012 01:02 PM

Very nifty

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#14 posted 05-23-2012 07:14 PM

That is great. I was just looking at the Duplicator on woodgears yesterday. It is cool you combined the two.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#15 posted 05-23-2012 10:01 PM

Very nice job on combining them. That is a useful tool in the shop!

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

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