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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-08-2014, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking of purchasing a Pantograph for making signs and have a few questions. I am new to routers and need to be educated. First, what's the best router to get for the Milescraft Pantograph (weight, hp, plunge or fixed) for ease of use? Some say the smaller or lighter ones are better. Second, what are the best bits recommended to start off with to use on the Pantograph? I've read you don't want to get much bigger than the stylus. I don't know if there is any truth to this or not. Next, since I'm new to routers, what is the recommended rpm's to start at for cutting pine or cedar and how do I know if it is to slow or fast? Are there any signs that will let you know to slow it down or speed it up? Any other tips or tricks for using the Milescraft Pantograph? Thanks for everyone's help.
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I don't have any experience with a pantograph but I would think in terms of which bit your probably going to use either a v-groove or cove bit.

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I'm new on here and I just purchased the Milescraft Pantograph, if anyone else has one or used one I would appreciate any tips or tricks on it. I just set it up and did a couple of trial runs and its much harder than it shows in their video or I'm doing something wrong. The instructions that came with it are horrible. Very few words with the pictures to explain setup, layout, etc. It may be me or the pantograph is defective, LOL. I truly would appreciate any help at all.
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My 2 cents on the Milescraft Pantograph. It looks like a lot of work. I just started doing signs and found there are easier was of doing them. I use a Ridgid Trim Router R2401 (Set on 7 Highest speed) with a custom subplate made out of lexan with two draw knobs. Watched a lot of Davesigns youtube videos which he shows you and sells the subplate for the Dewalt router. I found that using the Cedar fence pickets from Home Depot (They are cheap) and they make good signs. I recommand Marsh Ink to paint the lettering. For design I use InkScape (Free) mirror the image and print it on a laser printer. Trim it out and use painters tape to hold it to the board. Then use acetone to transfer the image to the board and slowly route out the pattern. Does not matter if it burns the wood it will be painted over with the marsh ink. I use a 90% V grove to do most of my signs (Mostly inset letters). Looks at what Davesigns sells as it gives you a description of what it is used for. But I have only been doing this for a month or so.
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Many years ago I had Craftsman pantograph for my router and, after trying it a few times, found I could do a better job freehand. Look at Barb's (outofthework) or Dan's (L Town Graphics) many posts and you'll see what great stuff can be accomplished free-handing the router for sign making.

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The pantograrph geometric layout is critical for good results. craftsman is a relabeled Milescraft I think. The pantograph requires a light router. It is useful for irregular objects a bronze plaque for instance but it also reduces the size

For a beginner I would spend my money on a small router that has good visibility of the bit and plywood to practice free hand on I mean a whole sheet until you like your results

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Here are some of my finished signs. Just to give you an idea of what you could do, doing it freehand.
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Here are some of my finished signs. Just to give you an idea of what you could do, doing it freehand.
Awesome work! Thanks for showing that I don't have to invest a grand to make quality signs. I'm assuming half of that and some practice will suffice.
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Awesome work! Thanks for showing that I don't have to invest a grand to make quality signs. I'm assuming half of that and some practice will suffice.
I have very little invested in case I could not produce a sale-able product.

Ridgid Router from Direct Tools - $65
60/90% bit from Amazon - $26
Work bench made from Decking boards and saw horses - $0 (Scrap wood)
Wood from Home Depot (Cedar fence pickets - $2.68 (5.25 in x 6ft)
Belt sander from Direct Tools - $32
Marsh Ink from Amazon - $5
Sandpaper - $10

So I have about $150 invested so far...

At $2.68 a board that is a lot of cheap practice...

I do transfer my image or words using a Laser Printer (Got it Free) and Acetone - $8
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