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Pantographs are usually devices for copying or scaling drawings, but in this case Vermont American’s pantograph allows you to carve drawings into wood with your router. The router simply follows the path you trace, assuming you can accurately trace with a 2hp, 10lb machine fighting back.

The pantograph’s universal mount works with most 6″ base routers. Besides copying a drawing with a 1:1 ratio, the pantograph also has three other reduction ratios. It comes with templates for both Old English and modern lettering.

Google Products lists Vermont American’s pantograph for as low as $20, but chances are you’ll pay at least $30 before shipping.

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6 Responses to Write With Your Router

  1. Greg A, says:

    Is it me or does this seem a bit unweildy? I mean couldn’t you get just as good if not ten times better results just by tracing out the shape and free handing it?

  2. FredP says:

    No, trying to freehand a router is unwieldy. Using a device that holds the router and lets you do nothing more complicated than trace an outline while everything is clamped down is far easier. Also, the reduction modes mean you can trace a larger outline, and it will scale it down. This means that any errors you make are also scaled down.

  3. Bodesnki says:

    For FredP, a quick search for VIDEO found these from people I have never met:

    Water freezing in air
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtbH68tobwc

    Coffee Freezing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfMBXVsjJYY

  4. Matt says:

    For Bodesnki,

    I’m confused, I’m very confused

  5. Old Coot says:

    Matt: You’re not the only one; I think s/he wanted the heated-hose thread.

  6. Brau says:

    So, it seems pretty obvious … what happens if you throw a router and a pantograph into the air at -42ºC in Alaska?

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