Spirograph + Pantograph + Woodwokring

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Project by Elyasaf Shweka posted 01-17-2016 08:01 AM 5216 views 19 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spirograph is a drawing toy that was invented during the 60’s by Denys Fisher. it allows drawing some really cool shapes on paper. check the online version of that, lots of fun –

Pantograph is a mechanical linkage that allows tracing a shape down to scale. in my case, I’m using 3-d router pantograph, built after Matthias Wandel’s plans. it allows to copy a shape in 1:2 or 1:3 scaling. in this case is used 1:2 ratio.

Combining these too together will give you some cool carving effects. the video below explains the whole process, which is quite simple:

the Spirograph is made from 4mm acrylic sheet, cut by laser cutting machine (the same machine that produces rubber stamps, can be found in almost any print shop). I designed the Spirograph’s gears on Matthias Wandel gear template generator program. note to self: next time make it with transperent acrylic.
The possibilities are almost infinite. every hole will give a different design, and i can use any combination with the 6 gears i already made. cutting more gears will increase the possibilities even more.

Thanks for watching.

Gear template generator –
3-d router pantograph –
online Spirograph –

-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.

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#1 posted 01-17-2016 10:38 AM

Well done!

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#2 posted 01-17-2016 11:25 AM

I can see some very cool applications of this for your future projects. Congrats on putting together such a technically complex jig/machine.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#3 posted 01-17-2016 02:54 PM

Very cleaver! Looking forward to your future posts, same subject!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#4 posted 01-17-2016 04:17 PM

another interesting thing i would like to do. fun projects. great for school projects.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 01-17-2016 05:40 PM

Amaizing tool! Imagination and sky are a limit.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 01-18-2016 04:39 AM

Very cool indeed my friend.
I can see a lot of fun and imaginative projects coming out of your shop with that tool.

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#7 posted 01-18-2016 01:24 PM

Wow! Pretty snazzy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 04-17-2016 08:16 PM

That is a real cool process. Nice work on it!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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