|Project by luv2learn||posted 03-09-2012 01:01 AM||15061 views||21 times favorited||13 comments|
This is another Matthais Wandel of woodgears.ca inovation called the pantorouter. I thought that this was a very cool tool to add to my arsenal because it can do so many things. The template shown mounted is a box joint template, and yes that is duct tape on one side of the spacers :). It appears that the only limit to the uses of this tool is your imagination. If this appeals to you go to www.woodgears.ca and watch Matthais demonstrate this thing.
Again, I used oak to build this because a friend gave me a butt load of oak pallet wood. Since the wood was free I didn’t mind the glue ups,joining, planing, and sanding the various parts. I have more time than money :). I used 22”, 100 lb. full extension drawer slides to mount the router mechanism table to the base because I had a pair laying around. Matthais used 16” drawer slides for a computer keyboard drawer.
The challenge I have with this tool is getting the templates precisely made and aligned with the work. I have some ideas on how to make this a more precision tool for me. But I am still in a learning curve so maybe it will work itself out as I become more familiar with it. That being said, my first joints turned out pretty well. As you all know, the difference between a good joint and a bad joint is the fit.
I want to encourage you that are relatively new to woodworking, like myself, to go for it. At first, I was a little intimidated by these projects but I thought, what the heck, the worst I can do is screw it up. But if I can build these tools and they function the way they are supposed to then I have saved a bunch of money and more importantly built some confidence in my woodworking abilities :)!!
-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green