How to Make 4-Bar Linkages Without a Mill, Laser Cutter, Bandsaw, Clamps, or a Drill Press...

Posted on 2011-03-24 22:38:54

… but you do have a drill, a jigsaw, and an exacto knife.

  1. Buy basswood of at least 1/4” thick.
  2. Use jigsaw to cut pieces to length cross-grain.
  3. Use exacto knife to cut pieces to width with-grain. This will not get you a perfect edge, and there will be some variations in width, but it’s better than cutting a finger off with your jigsaw as you try and cut it straight when your stock is only 3” wide.
  4. Use drill to make holes. Go slowly so that you don’t split the link.


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