Review - Hybrid PantoRouter


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On 4/29/2020 at 12:05 PM, SawDustB said:

Very cool, Mick. This is one of those tools I'd love to have. It holds more appeal for me than something like the domino, just because it seems so versatile.

That's my opinion, too. I have both, but the versatility of the PantoRouter would make me choose it over the Domino if I had to choose. The ability to do larger and integral tenons is another plus.

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Thanks Mick! Do you see what you've done? My wallet will be thinner. Not yet. I have some one time expenses do deal with first. But I've already got giddy feelings. And I have both sizes of the domino and glad I do. Will it do precision dowel joints?

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2 hours ago, curlyoak said:

Will it make the corresponding bore holes easily? 

Yes. In most cases, it's the same template in the same location. For the tenons (dowels) the guide bearing runs on the outside of the donut shaped template. For the mortise (dowel holes) it goes on the inside.

Here's a link to a pantorouter with the inventor making a Knapp joint - a very fancy multiple dowel joint.

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42 minutes ago, curlyoak said:

I don't think I will be making any templates right away. I first need to learn how to use the ready made templates. It seems the imagination possibilities is almost infinite...

That's wise. As I mentioned, there is a learning curve to it. Best, IMO, to start with the basics. My first custom template with be for cutting stopped dados in the sides of drawer parts. Simple but easier than doing it on a router table or tablesaw.

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16 minutes ago, bglenden said:

Given that you have (access to?) a CNC, what do you see as its advantages?

1. It's in my shop

2. For joinery it's much easier and faster than programming and fixturing on a CNC.

3. It's very difficult to do things like dovetails and box joints on a CNC.

I've done mortises on a CNC fairly often, but the setup, locating, etc is something of a pain. CNCs are great for lots of things, but not for everything.

 

PS - Next time you're up in this area let me know. Happy to demo it for you!

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9 minutes ago, Mick S said:

PS - Next time you're up in this area let me know. Happy to demo it for you!

And I've not forgotten I owe you an insider VLA tour, although at the moment we're closed to everyone except required staff.

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6 minutes ago, bglenden said:

And I've not forgotten I owe you an insider VLA tour, although at the moment we're closed to everyone except required staff.

Required Staff is my middle name!

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