The Naiad Voyages

Mark Austen

2016.09.06 - Name Plate Test

I bought a small hand router or trimming router as it is also known and a pantograph into which this new router will fit. The idea is to create my own name plates as I surely cannot afford to get someone to carve then for me. They are expensive. Both items arrived today so today's task, only a small one, was to assemble the pantograph and try it out. I asked Tina to photocopy a picture of Naiad's current name plate but at twice full size as the pantograph reduces to half size. As you can see from the photos, it looks neat and the result, admittedly only one letter, is quite good. The other task was to continue updating the new project log. I'm up to the end of 2015. Just 79 more entries to go, plus this one and any others that get added before I finish!


For test purposes I mounted this on some shuttering ply, the only piece of sheet timber that I have that is big enough. I'm NOT going to use my expensive marine plywood for this!

The photocopied nameplate letters were clamped in place and off I went. Just the 'N' for now as I don't want to spend a lot of time on this just yet.

Considering that the shuttering ply is not smooth, making it difficult to move the pantograph, that the wood is low quality softwood and this is the first time I've done this, the result is not bad. I will,however, find a stencil that is four time full size and make a wooden nameplate twice full size from that. The wooden nameplate will then be used to create a full sized name plate as it will be easier to follow the wooden carving with the pantograph stylus rather then trying to follow a line on a page.