LumberJocks

3D Pantograph in action

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Project by luv2learn posted 810 days ago 13830 views 23 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another Matthais Wandel creation. I thought it would be a unique build with endless possibilities for creating cool designs as well as signs. My pattern letters are New Times Roman font. The font size is 637.8 or 6” tall for the capitol letters. I created the letters using Corel Draw software. I cut the letters out of 1/2” baltic birch and backed them with 1/4” tempered hardboard.

The letters are mounted and aligned on a 3/4”x 11” x52” letter sled. The sled moves horizontally in a dado track cut into the pantograph base. The letters are also kept in alignment by mounting them in a dado. Another dado holds the wooden cams which I use to put pressure on the letters to keep them from moving.

The pantograph can reproduce any design at either 1/2 or 1/3 scale. In this case I used the 1/2 scale setting to produce 3” letters. You can view more pictures of this build by clicking on the ””photobucket link

-- 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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Martyroc

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#1 posted 810 days ago

Very Cool!

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

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Hawaiilad

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#2 posted 810 days ago

Very nice. Mind sharing where you found the pattern to make this?

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 810 days ago

Hawaiilad,

Here is the link to the 3D pantograph plan

-- 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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Skiedra

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#4 posted 810 days ago

That is some nice pantographing. Mathias surely enriched woodworking with his creations.

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 810 days ago

Great job, this is really neat!

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

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Roger

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#6 posted 809 days ago

Very slick. Thnx for the link & plan

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 809 days ago

Sweet!!!!!!
I’d like to try that. I need a Lumberjocks sign for my display at shows!!

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

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luv2learn

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#8 posted 809 days ago

Jim,

The pantograph itself is a rather simple build, it’s making the letters that’s time consuming. Although, the I way I did it is way more complicated than Matthais Wandel’s method. My suggestion is to check out his instructional videos and photos of this build at woodgears.ca

This would be a sweet tool to have if you were going to do a lot of repetitive work. For instance, if you were going to make several dozen Lumberjocks signs or any other design that you needed to make in quantity. Making the one off stuff is debatable because you have to first make a pattern. But, if you have the time and just like to experiment, like I do, it is a fun tool to have :).

-- 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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#9 posted 809 days ago

Fantastic! Great job luv2learn. The letters look nice!

-- Tony C , 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 809 days ago

Thanks woodshaver, it was more of an experiment to see what would work and where I could improve. Now I can start tweeking the design here and there :).

-- 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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grizzman

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#11 posted 809 days ago

hey that is a really cool jig you made, its got some great possibilities and it looks like you made the best sign first…yea…lumber jocks….....right on…....grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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chodgson

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#12 posted 809 days ago

Nice job! Matthias’ machines are great, aren’t they? That’s a lot of work putting all those character templates together.

Looks like you need to work on your alignment and kerning a bit – for example, characters with curved bottoms like your “b” or with pointed serifs like your “u” are usually allowed to hang below the baseline slightly. The median line is treated similarly. You might need to either shift some characters down or shorten them slightly. As for kerning it looks like you are able to manually kern your letters (like how the r and j overlap top and bottom) which should allow you to get nice spacing with various character combinations.

Have a look at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proportional_font for some ideas on how to handle these issues. Essentially you’re re-inventing movable type – best to take advantage of the hundred’s of years of prior art :)

Not trying to be a downer, just wanted to give you some ideas on how to perfect your signs :)

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Mauricio

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#13 posted 806 days ago

Very Cool man, looks like fun to use! Your like kid your laboratory with all these cool machines your making.

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

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Timthemailman

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#14 posted 497 days ago

Nice, Like the LJ sign.

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