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Project by luv2learn posted 03-09-2012 01:01 AM 11358 views 21 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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John

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#1 posted 03-09-2012 01:14 AM

nicely done! is there any play in the drawer slides? they seem potentially imprecise

-- John - Central PA - http://affyx.wordpress.com

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 01:27 AM

Very cool, I will need to add this to my project list

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 02:04 AM

JC, there is no play in the drawer slides. They only have a 3” travel and that is from the fully closed position. there is no side to side play.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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kuldeep singh

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 02:41 AM

looking so cool and strong :)

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#5 posted 03-09-2012 03:17 AM

Great idea for a jig

-- Norman

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#6 posted 03-09-2012 08:53 AM

Very nice!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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SPalm

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#7 posted 03-09-2012 01:16 PM

Sweet.
Love your attitude. Just go ahead and try to make one. Fiddle with it, and improve it. Repeat.

Looks great,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 03-09-2012 10:09 PM

You have tackled some very ambitious projects with great success.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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woodshaver

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#9 posted 03-10-2012 04:58 AM

Man! Oh! Man! You’re a hard guy to keep up with! Your turning into a wizard at tool making!
I love your style! Keep up the good work!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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luv2learn

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#10 posted 03-10-2012 03:49 PM

Hey woodshaver, it’s easy to get motivated when your broke, the woodworking bug strikes, and you don’t have any tools to do it with :). Really though, I would probably try making my own tools even if I cold buy them cheaper. I guess it’s a quirk in my character. I have never liked someone telling me that I can’t do something without trying. Besides, when you make your own tools you can customize them to suit your own needs :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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woodshaver

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#11 posted 03-10-2012 04:56 PM

luv2learn < me too!

”it’s easy to get motivated when your broke”

Oh how right you are!!! I was in your shoes way back in the late 60’s. NO money! I had to learn to do everything myself. After I had a few tools and did something with them my friends and family would say ” I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU BUILT THAT”!!! It made me feel confident to do more. I took on small home repair jobs and bought more tools with that money. Now more than 40 years later I have the tools and have learned a lot and I’m still learning.
I could hire someone to do my work now but that’s no fun! Woodworking is in my blood and I love it.
You remind me of Me! I like your style luv2learn !

Tony, C

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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HuckD

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#12 posted 10-01-2013 06:31 AM

Lee, I had to check out your Pantorouter project and it’s great – as well as all the other cool stuff you’ve done. Thanks for sharing.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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luv2learn

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#13 posted 10-01-2013 02:40 PM

Thanks Huck, it looks like we are kindred spirits when it comes to making our own tools.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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