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I am pleased to enter your router forums and I shall tell you why. I am norwegian and lived in France since 1976. Sorry that destiny did not help me earlier in life to choose a profession where my love for woodwork could have enriched me on a daily basis. But, born optimist it is never too late. I consider myself a passionate woodworker with my own little workshop "in the country" very close to a sawmill working only with french oak. Supply of French oak in whatever shape and quantity you can imagine is available at affordable prices. I am about to start making my own router pantograph with a GFK 600. I welcome any comments that can help me onto the right track.
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Hello John , Hope you like and enjoy the router forums make yourself at Home. Please participate by asking and answering questions, that is what makes this forum work!
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Welcome to the forum, John.

Many members will be envious of your supply of French Oak.......

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Welcome to the forum John. I am one of the members that is envious of your supply of oak. The only native hardwood where I am is aspen poplar which is too soft for making furniture from.

You can probably find some videos by searching you tube for router pantographs.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Hi John,

welcome to the forum :-)

In regards to the pantograph, there is two structurally different approaches you could go.

The easier one is just a couple of really thin boards as teh structure, where the router is attached at the correct position from the top.
This would be similar to the pantograph Milescraft offers.
Advantage: easy to build
Disadvantage, it rubs on the surface of the work piece, using the routers abilities for height adjustment. Hence only really usable for 2-D work (which would be sufficient for most cases, I'd say)

A more sophisticated approach would be a rigid structure, like Matthias Wandel used it here
This now allows for 3-D work, and might work well with the router you want to use.
Personally I'd consider it overkill, if your intention is just some 2-D work.

I hope that helps a little,
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Welcome Johndelamontagne. What you're getting into with the pantograph is something I'm considering pursuing. So I will be watching your itinerary with that.
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I built the Woodworking for engineers version of pantograph that MartinW mentions above for 1/2 and 2/3 reduction. For 1:1 work I built the Copy Carver the woodcarvers copy machine machine. I really like them both for their ability to work as advertised.
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Welcome to the forum, John.

Many members will be envious of your supply of French Oak.......
Hi James.
Thank you for your kind comments.
The price of french oak directly from the sawmill is good - especially if you can pick it up yourself.
The quality is good, but high in humidity. Need to dry for one to two years. I enclose two photo of the cut-off quality and mixed-lenth/width quality in two meter length. The dry wood the saw mill keeps for their own wood shop activities. If somebody is interested in full europallets (80x120 cm x 100 cm), let me know and I shall be glad to assist.

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