The Pantorouter

I call this machine the "pantorouter" because it's essentially a big pantograph mechanism with a router in it. It's used to route shapes from 2x sized templates. I originally designed it for cutting tenons, but the machine is very versatile and can be used for all kinds of wood joints.

I invented and published this machine in 2010. In 2014, I built the Pantorouter XL, which is designed to accommodate plunge routers.

In 2018, I revised the design, adding a vertically adjustable template holder, moving the depth stops to the side, and a few minor changes to make it easier to build. This time, I filmed the whole construction.

Building the (2018) pantorouter: (25 minute video)


How the pantorouter works and using it:

Dave Tenney on
making tenon templates


Construction of the original machine in 2010:



More projects where I used the pantorouter:

Wooden chain carved using only power tools

Reader built Pantorouter machines:

Also check out:

Pantorouter XL for
plunge routers


Watch all the videos about my pantorouter by clicking play below:

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