Home Made Lettering Machine




Introduction: Home Made Lettering Machine

About: i hate electronics and the "physics" part of it....i suck at it...thats why i shifted to bs arch..but when i knew that electronics could really be your friend when it comes to gaming--i found myself soldering …

hi there. this is my first instructable. as an architecture student its cool to do freehand lettering, especially when you do it efficiently. But sometimes, there is a need to jazz up your designs by making those letters mecahnically drawn. .that is, if you have enough time to beat the deadline.

This instructable teaches you guys how to make a lettering machine. a real one would cost you around 1300 pesos..around 26 dollars...

we would make one with 2 hundred pesos...4 dollars....cheap. :)

Step 1: What We'll Need

1. a staedtler, or rotring student compass
2. 2 pieces 1/8" dia. x 1/2" bolts (with nuts)
3.a worn out transistor...or anything that will serve as our handle
4.a push pin
5.a ruling pen (google around so youll know what it is...its pretty "old school"..lets say.. the grandfather of the technical pen..) many school supplies, engineering supplies, and department stores sell them still.
6.extra bolts from ruling pen....find any in your grand father's drafting kit..(or, purchase an extra ruling pen)
7. an electric drill, and a 1/8" dia drill bit (for steel of course)
8.some spacers for our nuts and blots....plastic washers will do good...u could buy these at any radio and electronics supply
9. hack saw
10 extra piece of metal from an old compass
11.some stuff will be mentioned later...:)

Step 2: The Theory: Three Points of Contact

this little thingy were about to make works just like a pantograph...it has three points of contact.
1. the scriber
2. the pen
3. the center of motion ( i just wanna call it that way....its that little "tounge" that fits the "groove" that the lettering template has.)

Step 3: Know What Ur Doin'

know what ur doin'...be careful when using a drill. feel free to ask.

Step 4: Another Angle

the isometric...drawn not to scale.

Step 5: The Distance Matters Negligibly

its a little factor...because its adjustable. but if u want to make sure... ill give it to ya.

Step 6: You Could Make It Look Like the Real Thing If You Want To

google for the real thing and emulate it. but personally, i like to make it ghetto looking....IT CONFUSES PEOPLE lol.... (like: man, what the heck are u doin with ur compass.?)

feel free to ask questions...sorry for the poor illustrations....i just kinda "sketched" them...took me about an hour to finish this whole instructable. ill try to update it, though...

thank u vry much 4 ur tym..


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    7 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This looks like the kind of gadget I could really go for (I loved playing with a pantograph as a child, repeatedly enlarging or shrinking drawings and so on). A video on how to use it would be cool for the non-draughtsmen among us- I suspect it's all academic because I don't have the lettering template thingy either, but it would satisfy my curiosity anyway. I inherited a vintage (post-WWII era) technical drawing set that my dad used in his engineering degree in the 1950s, with those adjustable ink-dip pens and an extendo-compass that can draw nearly 24" circles.. it's one of my few really treasured possessions.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    dont worry friend...ill work on that..thanx for the suggestion..:)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Cool. I always wanted to get one and a pantograph to use. Hint: You might want to brush up on dimensioning style for your last pic. The lines seem to go off in different directions and not parallel. You could do a proper overlay in perspective. It is truly a lost art. I think if you can create isometric drawings by hand, you get a better feel for visualizing ideas better than by using a computer to draw out stuff. Good luck to you.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    thanx for the comment...that was sort of a wake up call for me.. i updated it, though...i just hope its better now. :)

    Great job! It's nice to see others out there who enjoy "old school" drafting! My school did something really horrible when I took Mech Eng, they literally thew out all of our manual drafting gear. The list included tables with machines, pantographs, lettering tools, T-bars, angles....everything. I'm looking forward to seeing more from you, and the best of luck with your studies!


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    thanx..:) (and whoa, throw out old school stuff? those were vintage..) cuz it feels good to find out how difficult it is do it the old fashioned way...(the advent of ACADD, sketchup and all...makes it all so easy nowadays..)