Shop Made Jigs, Fixtures and Solutions #1: Router Table Spindle Lock - Improved

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Blog entry by DaveTPilot posted 01-18-2011 05:21 AM 8440 reads 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Shop Made Jigs, Fixtures and Solutions series Part 2: Shop Made Digital Router Height »

I made a couple of improvements. I added a spring to keep the push rod against the actuating lever and a small screw behind the spindle lock lever to keep it from moving too far back when the router was lowered.

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I designed my router lift to allow above table bit changed using two wrenches. That worked pretty well but the Porter Cable wrench would occasionally bind on the bottom of the collet, making removal difficult. I decided to use the stock spindle lock instead. I just needed a way to engage it…

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 05:31 AM

That is cool I am going to have to see if I can make something like that . Great job .

-- Mike

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 09:52 AM

I am very impressed by your blogs keep up the great woodwork.
I like how your lock automatically disengages the router.
This prevents you from starting the router with a locked spindle.
Thanks for the great videos of your router station.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 10:10 AM

Oh thank you, a great idea and inspiration if i ever finally built my own router table.

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 06:13 PM

Very clever idea. Hope that works well for you.

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 06:51 PM


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#6 posted 01-19-2011 02:01 AM

very neat idea, i have to incorp. something like this on my router table. THANKS for the idea.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 03:17 AM

Thank you all for the comments. I made a couple of needed improvements and uploaded the new video.

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