HomeMade Router Lift and Table with Fence

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Project by remsen posted 02-15-2010 06:03 AM 19237 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while ago I had posted a blog on my Home Made Router lift. I have now finished the lift as well as the table that I’m using with it. The lift works better than I could have imagined. Bit changes are a snap and micro-adjustments are easy. I used to have to mess around under the table trying to adjust my router to the right height and the knob on the side of the router never worked right. The other thing that used to bother me was that when I used a conventional router table my bits were sometimes barely long enough. This lift totally fixes all those irritations and I’m very happy with it. If anyone is interested, let me know and I’ll post more pictures of the lift itself. I want to put a small video of it in action, but I’m still figuring out how to use my video camera.

I have the table mounted on the end of my tablesaw. I built the frame of the table out of kiln dried 2×4. I jointed it. I tried to pick pieces that looked like they’d stay stable. For the surface of the table I just used melamine. I just cut out squares of with holes of various sizes to accommodate different size router bits. I put a 2 inch vacuum port to collect the dust and the front fence is adjustable back and forth by way of carriage bolts and wing nuts. The fence is clamped to my fence. In all it could be prettier, but I’m hoping to make some pretty things with it and it is quite accurate. Did I also mention cheap. Less than $40 for the whole thing. Router lift, fence and table.

I will probably add a leg at the end just for some extra support. Enjoy.

-- Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 06:29 AM

nice work, if u go to you will be able to get plans for one you can build with a drill and foot pedal it moves up/down automaticly. the same guy got together with MLCS router bit co. and there gonna market one too. but this one is cool

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

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 06:34 AM

Hi Remsen, I’m very interested in learning more about how you did this. I’ve built my router into a drop-in part of my radial-arm-saw table, but I’m still at the “lifting-it-up-and-fussing-with-it-stage” I’d love to see what you’ve done in more detail.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 06:37 AM

I am very interested in how you made your own router lift… that is one of the things that irritates me about my router table, the fact I have to reach under it to raise or lower it, and it is usually a quite drawn out process. The other problem is aftermarket lifts are usually out of my budget range LOL

-- San Diego, CA

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 08:12 AM

I am always interested in diy tools. please post more.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#5 posted 02-15-2010 08:32 AM

Thanks for the comments. I had posted a blog on this exact topic. Here is the link:
It takes you through some of the basics and it also refers you to the person I got the idea from. If you get the chance to build your own lift, I highly recommend it. It’s just as accurate as any commercial lift you’d buy and can be made with practically all spare parts and scrap wood. In a day or two, I’ll be posting a video of the lift in action.

-- Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to

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#6 posted 02-15-2010 01:24 PM

Very cool! I’ll be checking out your blog.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 04:10 PM

Interesting, gonna have to check out your blog.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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