Shop Projects #5: Router Table Evolution

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 12-04-2020 03:24 PM 509 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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(In wondering where to put this, it was discovered that a “Shop Projects” series had already been begun, but an entry for this Shop had never been made… until now)

With the success of the recent Planer Table project, inspiration was kindled to build a permanent work table for the Router…

You would have to be pretty long in the tooth around LJ”s to remember, but the plastics for the top were gifted to me nearly 10 years ago by our own Rob Kollman… It has been very useful, in conjunction with those heavy-duty sawhorses, in a host of applications! Drawbacks remain however: #1) Lack of mobility (always a drawback when it’s a seldom used tool or machine in a small shop, or any shop!), #2) Those saw horses are indeed HEAVY-duty, they weigh a ton… For me, I’d rather have them outside, for all of that work, and lastly #3) I have no good way of raising and lowering the router in this configuration, it’s a real hit-or-miss type of thing…

So anyway, a small table was fashioned to fit a previously, long-established top…

A small floor jack, that was readily available, turned out to be 2” too long to be used to lift this beast, so a way had to be contrived…
Started, by making a bumper/scuff plate that fits nice and snug for the router bottom…

Keep it simple they say, nothing simpler than the Lever!

It worked from the outset, but some refinements were made…

Instantly, infinitely variable for height with only one hand, while the other operates the brake/stop on the router’s plunge base, nice and easy…

Now I can start that Christmas project… :-)

4 December 2020

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 12-04-2020 04:11 PM

Now that is Genius!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-04-2020 04:18 PM

As always Mike, well thought out and executed.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 12-04-2020 08:23 PM

Hello Mike,

I cannot believe that what I am seeing is true.

It cannot be that simple surely?

Post some more pictures so I can get a better understanding of what you have achieved please!

I am particuarly interested in the “small floor jack concept as i tried to achieve a similar contraption

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 12-05-2020 05:13 AM

That’s one heck of a set up Mike. Absolutely genius.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 12-05-2020 03:49 PM

like archie meads said

with a long enough lever
you can move a router

well done michael

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 12-09-2020 12:57 AM

That is way too cool!
What a wonderful thinking.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 12-28-2020 02:41 AM

Had to change the Router Bit today, what a treat!
Plain and simple…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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