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Default Craftsman ROUT-A-SIGNER 2572 letter format

First, I apologize for starting a new post about this same issue. I am new to the forum and am having difficulty communicating and keeping a topic open until I get help or find out that there is no answer possible.
I have the Craftsman ROUT-A-SIGNER 2572 (and the manual) and I have only been able to create slanted - look like italics - letters. Imbeded in the many questions and answers about getting a copy the manual there was at least one question about how to make non-slanted lettering, but no one answered. I tried asking this same question in another post, but after two responses that did not apply to the question I thought I was asking, the post stopped getting replies.
I am working with a regular looking sign - horizontal board with left to right lettering. (I am not trying to make a sign top to bottom.) I have viewed the video about the 1298 Pantograph from Milescraft and there is NO similarity of that unit with the Craftsman Rout-A Signer.
Can someone with experience using the Craftsman ROUT-A-SIGNER 2572 explain how I can make normal looking letters, each one NEXT to each other on a board, or tell me that it is not possible.
Thank you for your patience.
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First, I apologize for starting a new post about this same issue. I am new to the forum and am having difficulty communicating and keeping a topic open until I get help or find out that there is no answer possible.
I have the Craftsman ROUT-A-SIGNER 2572 (and the manual) and I have only been able to create slanted - look like italics - letters. Imbeded in the many questions and answers about getting a copy the manual there was at least one question about how to make non-slanted lettering, but no one answered. I tried asking this same question in another post, but after two responses that did not apply to the question I thought I was asking, the post stopped getting replies.
I am working with a regular looking sign - horizontal board with left to right lettering. (I am not trying to make a sign top to bottom.) I have viewed the video about the 1298 Pantograph from Milescraft and there is NO similarity of that unit with the Craftsman Rout-A Signer.
Can someone with experience using the Craftsman ROUT-A-SIGNER 2572 explain how I can make normal looking letters, each one NEXT to each other on a board, or tell me that it is not possible.
Thank you for your patience.
If you still need this manual let me know and I can send you a copy
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First, I apologize for starting a new post about this same issue. I am new to the forum and am having difficulty communicating and keeping a topic open until I get help or find out that there is no answer possible.
I have the Craftsman ROUT-A-SIGNER 2572 (and the manual) and I have only been able to create slanted - look like italics - letters. Imbeded in the many questions and answers about getting a copy the manual there was at least one question about how to make non-slanted lettering, but no one answered. I tried asking this same question in another post, but after two responses that did not apply to the question I thought I was asking, the post stopped getting replies.
I am working with a regular looking sign - horizontal board with left to right lettering. (I am not trying to make a sign top to bottom.) I have viewed the video about the 1298 Pantograph from Milescraft and there is NO similarity of that unit with the Craftsman Rout-A Signer.
Can someone with experience using the Craftsman ROUT-A-SIGNER 2572 explain how I can make normal looking letters, each one NEXT to each other on a board, or tell me that it is not possible.
Thank you for your patience.
I'm having the same problem. the owner's manual is less than helpful. The whole set-up seems impossible to use. Any suggestions for non slanting letters?
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Thank you alexnath!!! It is the first indication that I am not the only one that noticed this problem. I couldn't get anywhere with this issue. The templates that come with the set are perfectly straight, I follow the instructions and all I get is slanted letters on the wood. I have tried all kinds of settings with each of the adjustable parts, but have not found a solution. Freehand seems to be the only option, but if I did it often enough to do freehand and be good at it I never would have purchased the tool!
Maybe someone new will see your post and try again to answer.
I would have expected that the instructions would have at least indicated the "result" if it were going to be a different looking format than the template.
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If you're talking about the letters being slanted, that's the way it works. You can not get the letters virticle.

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If you're talking about the letters being slanted, that's the way it works. You can not get the letters virticle.
I just spent the last day trying to figure this out. There is no reason for a true pantograph to not make an exact copy of the the original, or a proportional copy. What I found with the Milescraft unit I am using is two things- 1) the router has to be exactly in the middle of the mount- inline with the connections to the side bars and half way between the side bars, and 2) the bar holding the router has to be exactly the same distance from the top bar at both ends (ie parallel).

On the Milecraft unit I am using the second case is not met. On the long sidebar that holds the stylist the router bar is exactly at the midpoint between the pivot and the stylist (14") (for 50%), but on the shorter side bar it is mounted at 13 5/8". This results in the vertical lines having a slant, and a slant that increases across the project. This violates the basic geometry of a pantograph. I don't know if the Craftsman unit has the same issue, but it is easy to check- perhaps you issue is the router mounting.
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Figured out my problem, one of the pivots on the router bar was backwards. Now it makes very nice, straight letters.
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Figured out my problem, one of the pivots on the router bar was backwards. Now it makes very nice, straight letters.
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Before I get back into this again, does anyone know if the Milescraft unit that David has is similar enough to the Craftsman that I can use his information to get my Craftsman to make true vertical (NOT SLANTED) letters?
I am hoping that if I get in front of my Craftsman unit I can make sense of these new directions, but just reading it does not register with me. After the reply that indicated the Craftsman only makes slanted characters, I gave up.
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Looking at the pictures of the Craftsman pantograph, it looks exactly like the milescraft. So, I will try to explain in detail what I found to be the problem.
The crossbar that holds the router connects to the two side arms with round black connectors. These clamp over the side bars using two screws. There is a bump on the bottom half of the round connectors that fits into a hole on the bottom of the side bar. Since the bottom half of the round connector can pivot 360 degrees it is possible for the pivot on one side of the route bar to be placed the opposite way from the one on the other side. If you measure the distance from the top cross bar to the router bar on both sides it must be the same (14" on the MileCraft and probably Craftsman, when set for 50%). If it is not the same, that is one measures 14" and the other 13 1/4" then the short side one is rotated 180 degrees. I hope this helps.
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