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Looking to buy aHome Built RP bases on plans but Mattias Waddel or any other expert out there? Just email [email protected] or respond to thread Yes, too reluctant to build one myself at age ??😉. Thanks!
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Jim, I made one. It's not very hard to make. I used oak flooring ripped on my table saw for all the pivot arms. Drilled all the holes on a drill press. Plywood was used to hold the router. It took about 10 hours to make over a leisurely week, and mine reduces the size by 50%. I made hand routed numbers for a wall mounted roulette wheel using it and they came out quite well. It is touted as 3-D but really works best on a flat surface because as it is raised it would also cut a radius. I printed a flower from a coloring book and carved the outline into a board easily and it would make a nice touch to the back of a bench. I encourage you to make one.
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Jim, I made one. It's not very hard to make. I used oak flooring ripped on my table saw for all the pivot arms. Drilled all the holes on a drill press. Plywood was used to hold the router. It took about 10 hours to make over a leisurely week, and mine reduces the size by 50%. I made hand routed numbers for a wall mounted roulette wheel using it and they came out quite well. It is touted as 3-D but really works best on a flat surface because as it is raised it would also cut a radius. I printed a flower from a coloring book and carved the outline into a board easily and it would make a nice touch to the back of a bench. I encourage you to make one.
Hi, Gary.
Talking about the underlined, Would you please, show to me your hand routed number process?

Thank you in advance.

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Think i'll try to make one. Thanks for returning my email.
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Alexis, On the table of my pantograph there are 2 basic areas, the area the router can pass over, or the area the stylist can pass over. I fastened 2 short fences (about 1/2" tall), one along the front edge of the table, and one parallel with it about 10" between the two. Between these fences I lay a piece of clear plexiglass for the stylist to rub on. Under the plexiglass is where I place the printed copy (number or coloring book character). I print the number at twice the size of the number I want to route for the stylist to follow and place it under the plexiglass. I drew a pencil line on the table to indicate the center of the pivot from the rear of the table to the front of the table, so I know where to center paper with the number, and the wood I want to route. Fasten the wood that you want to route to the table using double sided tape, screws or what ever method suits you (I used wedges between two strips of wood screwed to the table). Once the wood is ready to route, the router bit is installed into the router, and the router height has to be set. If you remember the pantograph pivots up and down, as well as side to side. The height of the router bit has to cut a depth parallel with the surface, and is accomplished by adjusting the height of both the router and the stylist. I used a 1/8" straight router bit to carve my numbers for my roulette wheel at a depth of about 1/32" deep (34 numbers). To save time with set up I used long pieces of 1/4" plywood and routed the numbers to be sawn out after. With each number I moved the piece of plywood to center the number where I drew the center line on the table.

As a side note: I used a drill press when drilling all the pivot holes by stacking all the arms and drilling one end, then pinning them to make sure they stayed in alignment when drilling the next holes. I also used the pins when gluing the arms together. I made shims from a plastic milk bottle with a paper punch and scissors to insert at the pivot points.

I also have a sketchup file that I will zip and give to you (for some reason it's a read only file and it may help you make one). I usually start a project with sketchup to work out all the bugs before making something.
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I am sorry to report that after looking at my sketchup file I tried to save it in sketchup 15 and the file went poof! I will try to see if I saved it on paper and will scan them for you. Here is some pics. I also made an adapter so I could insert a pencil to draw the router area limits onto the table for futher reference and an adapter for a dremel. The flower is a pic from the internet.
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Default Thanks Gary!

I see the pics and am impressed. If you ever want to sell it or make me one please contact me?

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Jim, Sorry the roulette wheel is for family enjoyment. The most difficult part was slicing the pie angles (2.5 degrees) to make the circle of numbers at the correct diameter. Each number is on it's own board glued to the wheel.

Now I was able to recover the Sketchup file, and I zipped it for anyone to download. The file is basically a set of notes and is not drawn in a traditional drafting layout. I use sketchup much like a note pad to get my thoughts into a workable form. once I see it will work I make it. By looking over the whole sketchup file you can get all the dimensions etc.

A note about accuracy: my pantograph reduces by 50%. I traced around a 3" object and the router cut the part out 50% reduced within .002". Quite happy!
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Beautiful work Gary.
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Here is a pdf file of my pantograph
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