Hidden Maze Prototype

After my big raised garden project from last spring I didn’t really do much woodworking. I’ve had this idea for a hidden maze puzzle for a while now though and with the help of a little birthday money I got the tool I needed to really give it a shot. OK, maybe the tool wasn’t really needed, but it sure made things easier. The tool I picked up is called a router pantograph and is great for just this type of thing.

I spent a little bit of time creating a simple maze in Inkscape and printed it out as my template to follow. There’s a little bit of math that goes into creating the template, as the pantograph will reduce your original by 40%, 50%, or 60% depending on how you set it up, but nothing too complex. I set up the pantograph for a 50% reduction (since that made the math easiest), decided on using a 1/2” bit, and drew out my template accordingly.

I set everything up using some scrap redwood and went to work.

Dust Buster Template Set Up Routed Maze Prototype Complete

I’ll be the first to admit that this one is actually pretty easy to solve, but I was really just working out the feasibility of the processes, so this prototype definitely served its purpose. I’ve got some ideas for making these much more complex, but that will have to wait until next time. ;-)

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