Shop Tools #3: Making a router lift using a Dewalt table saw for the lift

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Blog entry by htl posted 11-25-2017 12:33 AM 1686 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To start, this is what I have done so far, it’s not sanded up pretty just putting it all together to be sure the concept is sound.

What we have here is a Dewalt table saw that I took the top off of to made a new top for my Shop Smith, now having the rest of the table left over I got looking at the lift mechanism and saw how it might be used for a router lift.
So this has been my project the last couple a days to build a router lift using a table saw lift.

If I hadn’t used the table top on the SS, my job would have been much easier not having to build a new top.
I could have just mounted the router to the lift and been done with it, the Dewalt fence would be a great start for a router fence.
Here's the Shop Smith project.

I know this is an odd project but just wanted to see if it could work.
I really have nothing in it but scrap parts and time,and some sheet rock screws.
The router sits in the same place as the table saw motor and weighs about the same so should be no problems there.

The router base is able to be lifted 3” using the table saw lift.
Here’s the router at it’s lowest point, the plywood the square is on will be table height.
The router still has it’s full movement down if needed.

Here the router is at it’s highest point and is past the table top.
The top is on hinges to be able to change bits, plus the router uses it’s own base so loosen the clamp and the router drops out the bottom.

So now lets start at the beginning.

The tops already gone. LOL

First of take the gear box out so you can get the motor off.
It’s just being held by the bearing so you could just hammer it off but I was trying to be nice to it and once the trans was out taped the winding’s with a block of wood and a hammer.

Next I took the gear box and made a picture of the mounting holes.

Then with the pattern I was able to mount some plywood to the gear box.

Pictures of the lifting action.

Now building my top
The pipe frame has a nice threaded plug in the ends of the legs so just bolt the plywood to the legs.
Then add the base plywood.

I made a shelf for the router base to mount to and as you may have noticed the router base is upside down.
Then screwed it to the plywood mounted to the gear box.

As you can see I didn’t need to make the base as long as I did but at the time I wasn’t sure what was needed.

The main top is on hinges so you can get at the router and change bits from the top.

This was the real reason for this build can’t be getting under the table to change bits any more so had some fun figuring out this project.

The table is way bigger than I need but when I bought my new saw it came with a set of legs that with this table will be a great work table as I really won’t be using the router that much.

I still need to finish up the fence add a switch and punch a hole though the top and maybe add an insert?

I know this was a weird project but it was fun figuring everything out.
And I should add I don’t have room for anything bigger.

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#1 posted 11-25-2017 12:42 AM

Good idea.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 11-25-2017 03:12 AM

Clever. Might be a new way to get a cheapo router lift, by buying a crappy used job site saw and cannibalizing.

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#3 posted 11-25-2017 04:20 AM

That was my thought Jonah!
And for any of you Shop Smithers thinking about a way to slow down your SS the Dewalt gear box is hooked to the motor and speeds it up by a factor of 4, I just wonder if it couldn’t be turned backwards and be used to slow the SS down by 4, just a thought.

One more thought for you number crunchers out there the Dewalt takes 40 turns of the crank to move the 3” so this may give you an idea of how slowly you can move the router up or down.
But don’t be alarmed it’s way smooth. LOL

And one more thing, after I got half way though with it and saw it would work thought about putting it in a much smaller box which would have worked great maybe better but had the plywood top almost done so went full size and it hit me I already had a leg set for it.

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#4 posted 11-26-2017 01:34 AM

Thats a great idea, love it, making something out of something that would be discarded. That lead screw is basically a 1/2 inch coarse thread 13 threads per inch.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 11-26-2017 10:16 PM

Pretty nifty idea

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 12-03-2017 06:20 AM

Innovation, patience and some nouse have come to the forefront with a clever woodworker…well done Bruce.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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