While there is currently no dedicated template for this setup one could easily be made with stable hardwood on a table saw. Still, purchasing a precise template made specifically for the machine would be more convenient.
Correction in the video: the prototype template looks to be CNC cut, not 3d printed.
I uploaded this video yesterday and sent it to Mac before publishing it. The following text is his email reply:
You’re reading our minds, Jay!
So there are a couple of things we love about this idea and some things we’ve already done and more we have planned. First, our goal is to make the segmented mortise and tenon templates available in first quarter 2020. In the interim we’re asking people to please cut up the set they have and mess with them. If they cut them and send an email, we’ll send a complete new set to replace the customized templates. Our cost including shipping.
Second. You notice the three steps in the mortise slots of the existing templates. (Aluminum prototype of the current versions)
They’re meant to give just a wee bit of wiggle room in the joint.
I’m not sure if this is enough room or if we need more for your idea to work.
The segments in design will focus around ⅜” joinery. Of course it works with all sizes depending on the guide bearing, but ⅜” seems most appropriate to furniture. We’ll make the segments so we can get ¼” increments from 1” to 3” then we plan to make a bar with to either extend to any length or make any specific size needed. The bars would essentially be the same as the M&T templates without the ends but with a tone of holes for mounting and centering.
Please experiment with cutting the templates and tell me what you think. We want the PantoRouter to be a platform for creativity!
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