Homemade Pantograph




Lots of time we need things traced, and we just do not have the resources to do that. For example tracing paper, a window, or some other tracing device. Luckily, you have me to provide you with a new tool!

Step 1: Materials

Whats Needed
4 Cardboard Strips
Hole Puncher
Glue or tape
Two Pencils

The cardboard strips have to be

(2) 2 by 4 inches
(2) 2 by 8 inches

Step 2: Arranging the Cardboard Pieces

The cardboard pieces are to be arranged like in the picture below.

The larger pieces (2 by 8) will be arranged in an "L" shape.

While the two smaller pieces (2 by 4)are arranged in a backwards "L" between the two larger pieces.

Now with all of the pieces together, in place, dont glue yet!

Get a hole punch and punch the holes like the picture below.

One on the longer piece, and through both smaller pieces of cardboard.

Step 3: Gluing and Pencils

Now is the easiest step of them all. Just glue all of the pieces together.

What I did was glue where the two pieces met. In the two spots. 1 spot on the bigger 2, and one spot on the smaller 2.

Now insert the pencils where you put the holes in.

Step 4: Usage

Lastly, select an original drawing that you want to trace and set it under the pencil in hole A. (Refer to previous picture not for the points) Place a blank piece of paper under point B. If necessary, secure the pencils to the cardboard and the table with tape.

Use pencil A to trace the drawing and you will see another picture being drawn at pencil B.

Now you can easily trace complex drawings and make copies for your needs. Experiment with the lengths of cardboard, and you wll see that you can easily enlarge or reduce the size of the drawings made.




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    8 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    My suggested PANTOGRAPH uses a pizza box base and a plastic wrapped tool package. Cut the cardboard in two and cut two 1 inch wide strips from plastic. Six pins and a pencil work fine with the bottom left pin anchoring the frame into the box, and the other four pins pointing up acting as hinges. a small hole is made at the top right corner for the pencil. In the sturdy model photographed here, screws are used in place of pins. only the bottom left screw is into the box below. If you choose a different drawing ratio. the cursor must lie somewhere on a line drawn from the anchor to the pen.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    If clear plastic is available to make it from, you can see the region of the smaller image. This would permit easy scaling to larger sizes from the first image. Plastic suggestions?


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Never heard of the word, but from some Google searches, it is in fact called a pantograph. Should I change the name of this Instructable?


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I don't mind, it's just years since I saw one of these. Nice that they can be made so cheaply and easily. L


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I don't see it anchored at an end, but I would call it a pantograph. I think it would be very difficult to trace anything, though.

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    Neat :-) I think I will build this when I work at a kindergarden again.