My version of the Pantorouter

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Project by HuckD posted 09-29-2013 10:14 PM 8836 views 21 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are pics of my Pantorouter. It’s designed by Matthias Wandel and plans, videos and excellent build instructions are available on

It’s made of oak and 3/4” oak plywood that I already had on hand. I stayed very close to the pantograph portion of the plans. I did veer from the plans on the table though. It’s made of two layers of the oak plywood with t-tracks installed. I also made it tiltable up to 48 degrees. It’s attached by two small hinges that don’t have any play in them, mounted out of reach of the bit.

It took a little finessing but the table is square and level with the movement of the bit. Matthias’ instructions helped here.

I found some 16” “Center Mount” under drawer slides at Lowes. They didn’t have any play in them so I didn’t have to go through the slide modifications Matthias describes on his website. Here’s a pic:

Still to do:

1. Make some templates!
2. Get some dust collection on it. Man this thing makes lots of shavings.
3. I’m going to make the whole table repositional by about 1 inch further away from the bit. The top overhangs the base by about 3/4” due to the hinges and i need a little more clearance in order to make longer tenons.

Future plans call for mounting the Pantorouter and my next project – Matthias’ Multi Slot Mortising Machine on a flip top stand. Of course, I plan to make the stand with 2×4’s mortised together. :)

More photos may be seen on Photobucket.

As always, questions, comments and constructive criticism are welcome.

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

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#1 posted 09-29-2013 10:18 PM

That looks awesome! How long did it take you?

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 09-29-2013 10:21 PM

I’ve been following Matthias Wandel’s website for a five or so years…I’ve wanted to build the pantorouter myself but just don’t have the shop space for it. How nice is it to work with? Have you run into any problems making templates for routing? I’m really interested in hearing what you say. I may be able to make an exception to the shop space thing if it really is as awesome as it looks and sounds.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#3 posted 09-29-2013 10:31 PM

nailbanger2, I’ve probably got 50-60 hours in it but I was in no hurry and…I’m slow – and old. lol

woodenwarrior, It’s really nice to work with. I’m more comfortable using the router this way than anything else I’ve tried – my fingers are a long way from that bit! The leverage you have with the two levers over the router make it very easy to control. The only template I’ve made so far is a simple 1/4” x 1.5” tenon and matching mortise (on the same template, just turn it over). I had to make the tenon a little larger for a perfect fit, so I added one layer of blue tape to one side of the template.

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

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#4 posted 09-29-2013 11:09 PM

That’s great looking! Gonna do a video?
Fav for sure!


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#5 posted 09-29-2013 11:13 PM

Definite favorite, thanks for posting and

good job.

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#6 posted 09-29-2013 11:22 PM

Wow, great new tool, very sturdy looking

-- Norman

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#7 posted 09-29-2013 11:58 PM

Wow …awesome build …looks great and very solid…Well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 09-30-2013 12:08 AM

I’ve been waiting to see how your Pantorouter turned out! That didn’t take too long at all! I can’t say enough about how great it look! Nice work! I’ll be looking for the Horizontal Mortise Machine next! I like your idea abut the tilting table top. I may make one of those for my Mortise machine someday when I have time.
Thanks for sharing!

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

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#9 posted 09-30-2013 12:20 AM

I think this is one of those things I would be willing to fork over the cash for..

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#10 posted 09-30-2013 12:33 AM

Very nice work Huck.
It looks very well made and you did a nice job on the fit & finish.

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#11 posted 09-30-2013 12:41 AM

Wow, nice new tool Thanks for sharing Huck.

-- Scott in Texas

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#12 posted 09-30-2013 06:03 AM

Wow, this is really cool. Great job. Would love to see a video. Thanks for sharing

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#13 posted 09-30-2013 06:37 AM

Incredible project to make and have it work perfect too boot. I’d have to buy one, looks like a hard build for me. Nice job. What’s the foot print of the machine? If I find courage and space I’d love one for my shop just for its perfect and repeatable M & T joinery ability. Plus you mention it’s rather safe and controllable. Thanks for the post.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#14 posted 09-30-2013 11:52 PM

Glad to have another Matthias Wandel fan on board. This is a great tool, I just built a pet gate using my pantorouter built from Matthias’s plans. I really like your T track addition and the pivoting table feature.

-- 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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#15 posted 10-01-2013 04:04 AM

Quite impresive mechanisam!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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