My version of Motorized Router Table

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Project by George M posted 02-28-2011 02:33 AM 3940 views 11 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After resurrecting my shop in the last year, and visiting this sight and other woodworking sites, it was clear that I really needed a router table. After looking at many different ideas, I based mine on this one.

American Woodworker

I liked it for a few reasons
  • The router hung off of the rear rather than the table
  • It had a hinged top
  • It was adjustable.

One thing I decided I did want however was a motorized lift I did not want to have any handles or cranks on top. It seemed like there was a possibility that I would have to move a template or fence to adjust the height. So when wandering around a surplus store one day I came across this linear actuator. I thought why not? In doing some research, I discovered that it was used on hospital beds. Since it has 700 lbs. of force I was confident it had plenty of power

Since I have a relatively large shop, I did not need to have the table mobile and had the luxury of having a large top. It measures 48” x 32”. At first I thought the threads on the actuator may be too course, but I can adjust by 1/64 with a quick tap on the switch. One thing I did differently from the original was to build the lift system on a seperate piece of MDF. That way I could make sure it was all working smoothly before mounting it on the 3/4” back.

I’ve used it for a couple of projects now (mainly jig making for some furniture I plan on building), and am thrilled with how well it works. Two possible additions (one almost for sure), a foot pedal and if needed a manual micro adjustment.

Most of the material was wood I had on hand. The milled rods I sent for and found the bushings locally. The actuator was $24.

-- George, Parker Colorado

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 02:41 AM

This looks real nice! I have been planning mine, just can’t settle on exact plans.
I hadn’t thought about motorizing it, but i may add that to mine.

-- -Joshuah

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 02:58 AM

here is some good thinking and economics at work
i love it, a lift made from a item a the surplus shop
yes i frequent these shops too and find all kinds inexpensiv stuff
good job GMotichka sorry about earlyer name in post
waiting for your next post !!!!!!!!!!!!


-- Kiefer

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 04:37 AM

Very, very nice router table. That is a fine piece of furniture. That motorized lift is real 21st century woodworking.

Nice work on that, George!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next would be a digital readout for the vertical amount of lift!!

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

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 07:48 AM

very nise work on it, on a very nice table

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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George M

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#5 posted 02-28-2011 04:45 PM

Didn’t show up in the pictures, but see here.

-- George, Parker Colorado

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#6 posted 04-16-2011 01:23 AM

Very nice. I like the lift. What type of motor did you put in?

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George M

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#7 posted 04-16-2011 03:42 PM

It is a linear actuator. I picked it up at a surplus store for $24. Originally used on hospital bed.

-- George, Parker Colorado

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#8 posted 04-23-2013 05:53 AM

one word: brilliant!! how do you control the actuator?

-- Older doesn't always mean wiser!!

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