View Full Version : Pattern Torch Plans Anyone?

05-09-2006, 09:36 AM
I was wondering if anyone had a pattern torch to look at, or maybe had plans to one. I am not exactly sure how they work, so any info would be great. I sure the Dane has something for me huh Anders.

If at first suceed, get a bigger hammer!

05-09-2006, 05:09 PM
richard you are right , light &w/bearings! i had a heath i just sold ,very old old,i had owned it several times and everytime i sold it i could not refuse the big offer! any way i am going to build a new one ,just need some sources for the gear head tracer and switches! i have acess to aburn table at work w/plasma and a big heath , but both are too big for home govt. brackets ! i like my torch table over a good size barrel on wheels not much room taken up and the barrel can be set out back when not in use! you drawing of the upper arm is great ! no leveling knobs needed plus it looks real sturdy ! thanks mike "carryallman" wahl

Mike Rouse
05-10-2006, 09:29 AM
I built one about 8 years ago. The fabrication has to be very accurate. I think the most interesting part was the magnetic stylis. I made mine using store bought magnets and and aluminum and steel shaft on a dc motor with veriable drive and forward and reverse switches.
I have been very pleased with it. The patterns are easy to cut from sheet (cold rolled) steel.
There is a picture of it on my web site

Dave Cardwell
06-04-2006, 08:49 PM
I don't contribute much here,but I did find plans for this($40) seems fair---(http://www.torchmate.com/pantograph.htm) I also copied some plans from a site,but I'll have to try to relocate them as the address was so long it didn't print all of it. I could print them if I don't relocate the site,but the print quality isn't the greatest.The $40 plans are probably the best bet--Hope this helps someone.

06-04-2006, 08:58 PM
Steve Smith Autosports has a book with plans for building shop tools that include a patern cutter.

Dave Cardwell
06-04-2006, 08:59 PM
Well maybe some of my gray matter is still functional---The site for the plans for free is in a hotrod site I frequent--(http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=9711) Hope this is also helpful,but the $40 plans are still a deal.Just realized you will have to change the last digit to see the complete set of plans--9711--9712--9713--9714--9715--9716--for the six pages.

anders nørgaard
06-05-2006, 11:09 AM
I was wondering if anyone had a pattern torch to look at, or maybe had plans to one. I am not exactly sure how they work, so any info would be great. I sure the Dane has something for me huh Anders.

If at first suceed, get a bigger hammer!

Hi Infidel (real name?)

I've been away for the last couple of days. Glad some guys stepped in for me on this one!! http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon7.gif Haven't got a clue on how it works. Never saw one before http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gif http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gif http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gif

Dave Cardwell
06-07-2006, 09:27 AM
I've had a couple of requests for a more modern setup for plasma & found this site that might be able to help in that respect.(http://www.cnczone.com/) Nobody here likes tools,do ya!

06-13-2010, 04:58 PM
I looked at the Pictures of the torch mate and made my own. I used a ford windshield wiper motor. made a new longer shaft and knurled it. I make patterns out of 3/4 plywood ,,I guide the tracer shaft against the plywood using a thumb and finger to apply pressure. I got a big variac and battery charger for free to power it ... be sure to align the torch under the guide shaft so you won't get a distorted part. I found out the hard way, cutting 1/2 plate , 4 pieces scrapped ! !

Rod S.
06-13-2010, 07:31 PM
Tom verity is the man that made the plans that Dave posted and he is a member of this site. Toms handle is acourtjester and he spins a pretty cool perspective on the Pantograph with his ideas. Tom sent me the plans and he is a super nice guy. Tom also has some very nicely done youtube videos on varous subjects. Toms plans are designed along a manual stylus which means no magnet. I wanted a Pantograph simply because i shake when i cut and have a hard following a line so the added time of standing there to hold the tracing stylus against the pattern so its not a big deal. You can make your patterns out of plywood or hardboard or sheet metal or whatever wheather you have a magnetic or manual tracing stylus. The Torchmate plans are now $100.00 but i did find this website http://www.cncplasma.com/prices.htm (http://www.cncplasma.com/prices.htm) and the plans are posted at $50.00. They did honor the plans for half of what the going price is now and sent the link to me right away where they are posted.

Rod S.

09-14-2010, 02:07 PM
Here is the youtube link for the flame cutter.

If you want the cutter plans look on my other videos and they have my email address I will send them to you.

have fun
Tom V

09-15-2010, 06:16 AM
Strangely I have just yesterday bought the makings of a 4X4 CNC plasma cutting table. Here is a link to what I bought. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld_thtSO9CYIt has none of the electrical stuff with it but it was a bargain and I just had to buy it because I would never have the chance to get one at the price again. I just have to save for the rest of it and I have to work out where the hell I am going to keep the thing. I would like to build or buy a tracer as well though.