Jay Bates router lift

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Project by jamsomito posted 11-08-2018 05:42 PM 2037 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first shop made tool. I’m happy with it but I also learned how much of a hack I really am in the shop. Miraculously everything wound up square and flush in the end though, which was a nice bonus.

I was also surprised how many tools it took to make a tool… table saw, band saw, jig saw, oscillating spindle sander, lots of loose sandpaper, plunge router, trim router, Dremel tool, 2 drills, countersink bit, brad point bits, metal drilling bits, forster bits, wrenches, sockets, glues and epoxies, hammer, and the occasional dead-blow for persuasion. Holy smokes, sometimes just buying the dang thing is better. But it was fun.

I’m sure I saved some money doing it myself, but it wasn’t exactly cheap. I got plywood from the scratch and dent bin for $20 a sheet, but hardware alone was $50, then there’s the T-track and dust collection port, and of course all the screws, glues, and epoxies. I’ve got about $100 into this not including the router. And some time. Lots of time.

I made a few changes – the router I mounted is only a 3.5” “medium” sized router which changed the carriage slightly, and I mounted it 90 degrees to the way Jay did just because of my shop layout. I also added a small chamfer to the bottom of the movable fence plates to keep a little sawdust from interfering with precision.

I don’t yet have electrical service to run both my dust collector and another tool at the same time (I know, don’t ask). Dust collection is okay adapting a shop vac to the 4-inch port in the carriage. This design is really centered around lots of airflow to cool the router and extract all the chips and dust. I suspect it will be great when I can get my DC running simultaneously.

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#1 posted 11-08-2018 05:46 PM

not bad for your first,thats a pretty nice lift and saved you a ton of money that can be used to buy more bits,right.great job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 11-08-2018 09:02 PM

Looks great to me!
I like projects where I get to use all of my tools.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#3 posted 11-09-2018 01:42 PM

Here is my simple solution for a router lift that cost very little and works very well .

-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 11-09-2018 08:28 PM

Awesome! I just finished my router table and will be using Jay’s plans for the fence.

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