Router table with homemade tilting lift

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Project by geekwoodworker posted 05-29-2014 10:46 PM 71709 views 29 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needed to upgrade my router table so I purchased the plans on Built the tilting lift first and then the cabinet with table. Table top is two layers of maply plywood. Might make new one from Birch plywood as the maple isn’t really that durable. The bit drawer has removal inserts so if I decide to use it for something else in the future then I can just remove the inserts.

Built the fence so it has a micro adjust. The micro adjust is simple to use and works perfectly. Just loosen the two inside knobs and turn the adjuster, then tighten.

I really do love all the jigs and tools on the site and plan on making the pantorouter some day in the future.

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#1 posted 05-30-2014 12:12 AM

Dang geek, you have any metal machines ? Nice job again!

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#2 posted 05-30-2014 12:22 AM

Matthias is a G.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 05-30-2014 02:59 AM

Really nice job.

I like the micro adjusting fence. Not sure why you have a hole in your vac connector.

It doesn’t look like you have top coated that. I recommend you do, shellac does a nice job.

Consider using some plastic laminate on top of that maple ply top and you’ll find it durable enough.

Good build.

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 05-30-2014 06:06 AM

Nice addition to any shop!
My gosh you have a lot of colorful router bits.

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#5 posted 05-30-2014 08:03 AM

Wow, very nice. Do you have any plans or links for the home-made wing-nuts?

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#6 posted 05-30-2014 09:23 AM

Excellent work on This.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 05-30-2014 11:28 AM

You build a great table.


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#8 posted 05-30-2014 11:48 AM

Super build thanks for sharing

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 05-30-2014 12:31 PM

The hole in the vac connector is because it is from the old fence style where that part was reversed and faced down on the table. So when I built the box to connect the micro adjust threaded rod to I had to reverse it. Turns out it works extremely well this way as it lets more air pass through faster sucking up almost all the chips.

I actually finished the top with a water based concrete sealer made for concrete countertops. This stuff is very hard and slippery on wood. I have used it on all my wooden table tops and love how it holds up. I considered the laminate top but didn’t want to buy any. Got it from Cheng concrete countertops.

The template for the homemade wing nuts was in the plans for the tilting router lift from Mathias Wandel at I use that design for all my jigs now. The large round wood washer is loose so everything tightens and loosens without difficulty.

Thanks for the comments and suggestions.

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#10 posted 05-30-2014 01:11 PM

You did a fantastic job on this router table. I need to make one!

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#11 posted 05-30-2014 02:30 PM

That’s not only amazing work, but it’s beautiful as well. Fantastic!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#12 posted 05-30-2014 02:40 PM should hire you for endorsements, or at least give you a finders fee considering the number of woodworkers have reviewed their website recently thanks to you…. ;)

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#13 posted 05-31-2014 04:04 PM

YA did Mathias proud! You can do your woodworking in the living-room. LOL! Nicely done.

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#14 posted 07-28-2014 12:23 PM

You are quite the engineer and builder of fine woodworking needs.

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#15 posted 07-28-2014 10:12 PM

Thanks Roger but all the engineering credit goes to Mathias Wandel at

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