Although care was taken in the design of this machine, no two shop built machines
will be strictly identical.
It is assumed that the builder is skilled
in woodworking. This should not be your first woodworking project.
It is also assumed that the builder is already familiar with the safe
operation of routers.
Woodgears.ca cannot be held liable for injuries
that you may incur with your pantorouter.
Some safety tips
A potential danger with mounting the router inside this machine is that the router's switch
may bump against the template or the template holder and be turned on unexpectedly.
To avoid this risk, it is advisable to use an on/off switch separate from the router body, and always
leave the switch on the router body turned on. That way, bumping the router's switch will never cause
it to turn on unexpectedly.
A further safety improvement is to use a router with a slow start. Such a router starts off very slowly,
thus giving time to get one's hands out of the way before injury occurs if it should start unexpectedly.
The router bit is relatively exposed in this jig. This has the advantage that it's easy to see the router
bit working. However, if the router bit or a piece of wood were to be thrown off, there is nothing
to catch the wood. This is especially true when making external cuts, such as when making tenons. Eye
protection is therefore essential.
Always make sure the stock is well fastened. As the cleanest cuts are achieved when making "climb cuts",
which tend to pull the stock in to the router and vice versa, stock becoming loose during operation can
result in kickback or the stock ejected from the machine. Therefore, always make sure the stock is adequately
There is the risk that one might cut into the table if one is not careful. The plans, as designed, do not have
any screws in the table where the router bit might reach them. If you add extra screws to the table, be sure
that they are out of reach of the router bit.