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Project by kiefer posted 07-28-2014 06:40 PM 7504 views 19 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have this router for a couple of years and it has been great in the router table except for the rack and pinion drive which keeps getting pluged with dust and jamming up .
I thought of buying a router lift but not in the budget and other tools have priority so this is the solution I came up with and the cost is minimal .
All the items I needed I already had on hand and just needed to be adapted and I also wanted this to be reversible if needed.
A 3/8” carriage bolt with the head ground to a square four 3/8” nuts two 3/8” washers a piece of 3/8” ID pipe a hose clamp a 3/8” joiner nut and a small piece of plywood .
The pictures show all the pieces and how they fit and how it looks assembled and installed .
I can now raise and lower the router from above and change the bit with ease .
The spindle lock is visible at the back of the opening and the elevation adjusting bolt head is near the front in a opening that I had to drill in the router plate .
The clamping mechanism for the router is something I will address down the road but is easily operated as is from below the table .
The last pic is of the parts that I removed but I left the gear rack in place to keep the router from turning in the housing .

-- Kiefer

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Nathan H.

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#1 posted 07-28-2014 07:17 PM

Awesome! Yet another one of your projects into my favorites bin! Thanks for sharing Kiefer!

By the way I tried looking up on Google translate your Asian symbol in your signature. Is it meant to mean “Pine tree” in Japanese? It seems to have roots in both Mandarin and Japanese because I came up with very similar results on both.

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#2 posted 07-28-2014 07:25 PM

You ot it Nathan , Japanese character for pine .
I use this because I love Japanese architecture and have made some projects that are influeced by that and Kiefer is the German word for pine which is where I grew up .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 07-28-2014 08:01 PM


Nice solution! I might have to go the Stumpy Nubbs route to make a lift though. To match the routers I have.

I lived in Japan for about 2 years. In military. Learned the language , met the people but squandered my calligraphy and painting instructions.

Still it’s part of me. The words and my friends and memories of living in that style of old houses on tatami are still with me.

I translated Tieffenbacher into Fukagawa Just found I translated wrong! LOL!

Thanks Google

Fukai nagare Tomu

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 07-28-2014 09:01 PM

Always innovating with that creative mind of yours Klaus. Nice work on this and not complicated either.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-28-2014 09:24 PM

Simple, cost efficient, and I just like it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 07-29-2014 12:33 AM

Simple and not complicated is the way to go .


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 07-29-2014 12:37 AM

Glad you see the simple approach I took ,no point to buy an expensive lift that does noting that this one can do at a fraction of the cost .

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 07-29-2014 12:43 AM

Innovative, effective and economical—doesn’t get better than that. Congratulations on another winner.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 07-29-2014 01:33 AM


-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 07-29-2014 02:12 AM

Thanks John
Glad you can see the economics ,woodworking is expensive enough as it is and I always enjoy building my own tools as it gives me great pride and satisfaction .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 07-29-2014 03:14 AM

I like your idea Klaus. It is creative and simple to make. I built a draft box for mine and also installed a dust chute on the fence an they keep the dust out well. One of the things I didn’t think about was that I have to squat down to lower and raise the router. This is something that I may have to consider in the future. It will sure be easier on the back.

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

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#12 posted 07-29-2014 03:26 AM

Very ingenious, Klaus. I love it!!!!! Get you a hex drive bit for your cordless drill and it will be quicker than the ratchet! I know what you mean about that rack and pinion on the side of the router. I have 2 Craftsman routers that had them and they both got discarded.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 07-29-2014 03:47 AM

Thanks Dave
You got the right direction as dustcollection is very importand and saving the old back is not a bad idea but a little exersize is imported too .
I make a point of not being in one position too long and walk around and do knee bends whenever I can it keeps the body in shape and I wake up less sore but still get up in the morning and put all the bones back in the bag and then have my coffee.


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 07-29-2014 03:51 AM

Thanks Jim
It’s a shame that they still make the rack and pinion adjustment which is nothing but problems and a little impact is what I use when I want to rase the router to change a bit but those electic tools can be a little agressive and you have to watch carefully .


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 07-29-2014 12:43 PM

You have given me another project my friend.
And I would like to thank you for it.
My tired old set up desperately needs this arrangement.

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