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How to Use a Pantagraph

DIY experts demonstrate how a pantagraph -- a handy router attachment -- can make cutting patterns easy.

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pantagraph makes cutting patterns easy
  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy

Highlights:

Step 1: Mount the Pantagraph

Mount the pantagraph to a piece of plywood with a bracket. The bracket is the pivot point for the pantagraph, which articulates as you move it. By adjusting the size of the beams, you can create a smaller version of your design.

mount pantagraph to piece of plywood with bracket

Step 2: Draw the Baseline, and Line up the Design

Draw a line across the bottom of the pattern. This is the baseline.

Draw a straight line on the wood and line up the baseline on the design template with the line of the wood. Pin the template down with thumbtacks.

Step 3: Clamp and Mark the Piece

Set the piece you will be working on parallel to the baseline and clamp it down.

Position the pantagraph stylus over the locating dot on the template. Press the router into the wood so that the bit makes a mark on the work piece.

position pantagraph stylus over locating dot

Step 4: Draw a Line, Then Follow the Design

Draw a line across the work piece through the mark that was just made (Image 1). This will be the representation of the template baseline on the work piece.

Use the router to follow the design (Image 2). Use one fluid motion, rather than stopping and starting.

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