Singh's PantoRouter


Kuldeep's Pantorouter
 A extremely resourceful Indian originally from Jalandhar is making PantoRouters in Japan. It is a great tool that can replicate wood joints and other parts. The device is based on the principle of a pantograph, which according to the wikipedia, is a "mechanical linkage connected in a manner based on paralellograms so that the movement of one pen, in tracing an image, produces identical movements in a second pen. If a line drawing is traced by the first point, an identical, enlarged, or miniaturized copy will be drawn by a pen fixed to the other." Like a pantograph, Singh's PantoRouter follows the original object to carve out an identical one. Here are some photographs of his PantoRouter:

PantoRouter: Top View
PantoRouter: Back of Router
The Original Mortice to be Copied
The Mortice Cut by PantoRouter
Perfect Fit!
Clearly Singh's machine would be extremely useful for woodworkers even though the set up looks complicated. He should be congratulated for his innovative outlook and enterprise in making this machine.

When asked how he made this machine, he said that he was inspired by a Candian who had designed a similar machine and put it up on YouTube. "This pantorouter is the original invention of a Canadian guy but when I saw it on youtube I thought I could make it much better and easier to use. I actually did manage  that," he said. He has uploaded a video on YouTube which you can watch below:


The creator of the machine, Kuldeep Singh currently works for a Japanese company which makes woodworking machines in Japan. He lives in Kyoto, which he says "is the most beautiful city in Japan". He is originally from Jalandhar in Punjab. "I used to make custom woodworking jigs for carpenters and was quite famous there but the technology bite brought me to Japan", he explains.

Well, one can only wish him well and hope that he continues to innovate in Japan and inspire others back home to follow in his footsteps.

Postscript: Many months after this post, I was pleased to learn that Kuldeep not only acknowledges that the original design of his pantorouter came from a similar wooden design by Canadian woodworker Matthias Wandel (http://woodgears.ca/) but also gives Matthias a small royalty for every pantorouter he sells. Well done, Kuldeep!

Indranil Banerjie

Comments

  1. Proof that Indians too can make good innovators!

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  2. Kuldeep has done a fantastical job with matthias wandel's Pantorouter. I plan to build it too. Last year I struggled for months build jigs for routing slots at an angle on a large board more than 16" away from the edge. I finally completed the job. Had I discover matthias wandel's tilt router lift I would have saved a lot of headache for myself.
    Now his Pantorouter, Tilt router lift and box joint jig is on my list of jigs to make.

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  3. Although Kuldeep has made some improvements, like the material he used and the measurement capability, I think he should be a little bit clear about the fact that 95 percent of his "invention" is actually Matthias Wandels Pantorouter. Even the name was first used by Matthias. So, I'm sorry, but this does not prove anything but the fact that in Japan, they still copy a lot, while improving a little. The original plans of the wooden Pantorouter can be used to make such an aluminum version also. So support Matthias and buy them on his website for only 18 dollars. And Kuldeep, if you make money selling your device, be honest and send Matthias some of it :-).

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    1. I perfectly agree with you, I have bought the plan from Matthias some year ago, although I haven't yet try to build the pantarouter.
      This is illegitimate kind of copying the other engineering works. In Europe you would be persecuted.

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  4. Hi MacHanno,
    Kuldeep and Matthias, have an agreement between them and Kuldeep is doing what ever with the full consent and some business deal between them. Details of it, is their business and as devout DIY, keen on having right tools, need not worry about it.

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  5. Please suggest... how can i place an order for this Pantorouter?

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  6. Please can you let me know the cost of ordering Singh's PantoRouter delivered to London, England.

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  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_37fypwGHI

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  8. More credit should be given to Matthias Wandel as he is the imventor.

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  9. Kuldeep pays a royalty to Matthias Wandel and they are working together, so stop worrying about it. Both guys are very clever and thoughtful and will hopefully do well off this machine! I just received mine and it's impressive. Kuldeep spared no expense on the materials.

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  10. hola amigo como ago para obtener una de sus maquinas soy de colombia y quiero tener una en mi taller gracias

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    1. Hola Alonso, puedes comprar el pantorouter de metal:
      https://woodgears.ca/pantorouter/kuldeep/buy.html

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