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Hi Kristin

I have Sears one and it's a great tool...I did replace the Micky Mouse router with a VS Roto-Zip,,and now it can take on the .010 router bits..
It will do engraving but it's not what you would call PANTOGRAPH machine but some do call it that...

Here's snap shot of it below..


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But do take a look at the ebay link and the plans for one
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Hi Kristin

"Is that sears a 1:1 X-Y-Z" = well yes and no, the guide pin can be any size you want it to be and that can change the 1:1 thing easy..the one I now use is 1/16" on one and 1/4" on the other end and just about any bit in the router.
e.g. I used a pastic lettering/number template that's about 1 1/2" x 3" with the 26 letters and all the numbers,etc. you can get them in many fonts and many sizes from Office Max for just one.


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This is the way to go I think, maybe in ALum.

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I have seen a couple of hobby type pantographs demonstrated and whilst they "work", flimsy is the way I would describe them. I'm quite sure Kristin that you could make a more substantial copy of one that really will work. I get the impression that you're trying to squeeze more into each 24 hour period than me, and that's saying something! Doesn't it make for an interesting life where each new day is looked forward to.

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Hi Kristin

That sounds like that's the way to go ( steel sq.tubing) I see you have a Ace hardware in town.

ACE Hardware
1870 N State St
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 462-8806
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6101 N State St
Ukiah, CA 95482
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They should have the tubing a bit high in price but it may save a trip.

Once you get it do post some pictures and maybe someone will want to make one also..
NOte , you may want to use steel tee nuts,just a bit easyer to weld in place and the threads are a bit longer than nuts..just remove the spikes and little grind and press them into place...than a quick spot weld...


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HI Kristin

PEN nuts suck for the most part,,,in thin stock, unless you have the tool like a pop riveter tool to pull the shank into place on the back side. ..

Most tee-nuts are true,,,they just look out of wack... they do make a Hvy.duty tee nut without the prongs and are made to be spot welded in to place...

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Bj,

I do have an ACE in town but I am over 50 miles from Ukiah in Clearlake, the local one was where I priced the tubing. I like the tee nut idea thanks I hadn't thought of that and it would make alingment easier, I would probably try to blueprint the tee nuts by turning the OD on a lathe while I am making the other parts since I doubt they are very concentric. Another option is "PEM" nuts I will have to write for samples once I decide what size or sizes I need. I've used "PEM" nuts before and they are pretty precise. See the ideas are flowing now.

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