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Pantograph for drawing
gift for my father

This project can be seen in the pantograph blog: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/38214

Ever since child (son of a architect) I have been fascinated by drawing gear, and remember having seen one of these in a magazine as a boy.
So when I a couple of years back ran into this magazine, I had to buy it.
Then I checked on E-bay and found a old Pantograph in France.

My father passed one day and was fascinated by this old drawing tool, so I decided to make him one.

Pictures:
1. My go on the pantograph, on top of the old box.
2. Making strips.
3. Shaping.
4. Drilling all the holes.
5. Making metal parts.
6. Old and new.

Hope this will inspire, I had a great time making it.


Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.





12 comments so far

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littlecope

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#1 posted 307 days ago

Nice work Mads!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Schwieb

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#2 posted 307 days ago

I posted a comment on your blog as you may have seen. These things fascinated me when I was a boy and I have used this device many times. Nice find and great work Mads. It took me back more than 55 years. In 1953 I was 5 years old. I never saw this issue of this magazine, but I certainly remember Popular Mechanics and Mechanics Illustrated.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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philip marcou

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#3 posted 307 days ago

Go for it Mads….
See a picture of the pantograph I am in the process of bringing back to life. It weighs something like 900lbs and can do three dimensional stuff but I intend to use it for engraving my plane blades and making my name plates. Excellent quality old British industrial iron. I will have to make a font set as this was missing but should be easy enough because a friend has a full set which I can

now copy.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 307 days ago

Nice handy tool, my friend! I love drawing and cutting tools like that too! It looks like you have lost of adjustment for changing ratios to anything you need!!

Does this mean you are back in your shop??????
.............Cheers, Jim

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

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philip marcou

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#5 posted 307 days ago

Hi Jim,
I have been in my shop all the time, just the web site is behind but it will be up dated before long as my friend in Germany doing the site has got a new computer, lots of work and plans to revamp the site as well so these things can’t be hurried…
This machine can do ratios of 1 to 10 times enlargement or the other way (smaller). The main trick is to grind the cutters correctly so I have also got hold of a tool and cutter grinder- it never ends, but I can aslo re-sharpen my milling cutters now instead of buying new ones (expensive).

Sorry, I am not meaning to hijack the thread.

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WayneC

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#6 posted 307 days ago

Very nice Mads. Glad you posted it. How is your shop renovation coming?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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stefang

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#7 posted 306 days ago

I love all the tools you make Mads and this one is no exception. Old time craftsmen always took the time to make hand tools with beauty as well as function and you are being true to that tradition. I think the artistic touches on tools were not just for looks, but that they had a function too. Even though the makers undoubtedly were concerned only with making their products more attractive than their competitors, I suspect that the arty details served to inspire their owners to use their tools with respect and to do good work themselves.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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mafe

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#8 posted 305 days ago

Hi guys,
Stefang, yes there is a special something about making tools, it is always a challenge that I welcome. To make it even better than what you have seen, to make it function right and accurate and if we can then add some beauty also, things starts to make sense. A kind of love to your self also.
Wayne, was just yesterday to see the progress on the shop…. :-( Nothing had happened since last. So if they will really be done by new year…
Philip, yes I would like one of those! Looks like a wonderful toy. ;-)
Jim, great fun. I have to play with clay, draw and travel… Just spend few days in Paris. But I admit, I really miss the shop.
Ken, yes there really were a special and really inspiring atmosphere when reading those magazines, I used to spend hours reading my grandfathers popular mechanics when I was a boy.
Little Mike, big smile.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Philip

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#9 posted 304 days ago

That is a fantastic project Mads. I’m sure Daddy is proud!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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mafe

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#10 posted 303 days ago

Smiles Philip.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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EzJack

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#11 posted 289 days ago

like it
I hope all is well.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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mafe

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#12 posted 289 days ago

Thanks EZ, yes all well, even I have no shop for a while.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/54543
You?
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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