Pantograph for drawing
with drawings and manual.
It has been a while since my last confession.
My name is MaFe and I am a woodoholic.
(This is one of the projects from that was made along ago, but never posted).
Ever since child (son of a architect) I have been fascinated by drawing gear, and remember having seen one of these in a magazine as a boy.
So when I a couple of years back ran into this magazine, I had to buy it.
Then I checked on E-bay and found a old Pantograph in France.
My father passed one day and was fascinated by this old drawing tool, so I decided to make him one.
Here you see the pantograph on the table and my Fibonacci gauge on top.
The Fibonacci gauge can be found here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/38882
Yes and the old box it came in.
So first step is to cut up some strips of wood.
Shorten to length.
Some planning to make then flat.
Scraping for surface.
That’s the wood parts.
Here is the old pantograph.
Fixed point is a large pin.
Joints and adjustment two part screws, that can be taken apart.
Tracer have a round point and distance to surface..
Pen is just a pencil put in a hole.
Sorry for the lack of sharpness.
You will need to follow the drawings to measure up and make marks.
I was able to just use the old as template.
In my box of odd things, I found these.
Finally they can do a good job.
Not the same, but elegant I think.
This can be replaced with a bolt and a wing nut.
So now all the pieces are there.
Time for tobacco.
For the pin I put one of the bolts in the drill press and made it spin.
With a file I then made it pointed.
Put I thought it was too short, so I found a longer bolt.
Did the same.
This is better.
Next step was the tracer.
Again a bolt.
I drill a hole deep into it.
Then thread it.
Put one of my finger bolts into the thread.
Rounding the other end.
Screw a nylon screw into it.
Cut the head of and then round this also.
This gives a nice point for the tracer.
Original and mine.
Now it was just to put a ring in the hole for the pencil.
Spin a old pencil and size it with a file, until it fit the hole.
Transfer the ratios.
My logo burned in and a hello for my father.
This is my go on the pantograph.
Here on top of the old box.
I even made him a box, but forgot to take a photo after.
Thank you for watching my go on a pantograph, it was great fun and I think my father was happy.
Perhaps others will have the courage now to go for it.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.