Router lift

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Project by slotman posted 01-16-2012 10:27 PM 42342 views 87 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a homemade router lift for my homemade router table. Found plans in Shopnotes. Made a few variations.

-- Roger

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 11:04 PM

Nice job how smooth does it run up and down

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 11:12 PM

Very smooth. I just have a slot for a screwdriver in the end of the rod to raise or lower. I can turn it with very little effort & use a cordless screwdriver if I need to move it a long way. Took a 4 day weekend to make though.

-- Roger

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#3 posted 01-17-2012 12:07 AM

Great job Roger,I bought all the part’s but never followed through.


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#4 posted 01-17-2012 12:10 AM

Very nice job. Where did you get the plans?

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#5 posted 01-17-2012 12:15 AM

Nice job saved some cash to boot! Great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 01-17-2012 12:17 AM


-- -Thomas -

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#7 posted 01-17-2012 12:39 AM

chris24, it was in Shopnotes volume 21.

-- Roger

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#8 posted 01-17-2012 12:45 AM

I read it through, and told My friends that I would like to make one! The problem is that I also found a source for 110 volt reversable motor, so I will have to make one from scratch! I do like the set-up, but I thought it might change the way it works with humidity! The interesting thing is that almost every one has a motor like that, and don’t realise it!

-- Saved! and so gratefull.Consider Who Created it All

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#9 posted 01-17-2012 12:55 AM

In case someone is going to build one of these, there is one thing I would do differant if I was doing it again. I would put a blank insert made from hardboard with a drilled hole in the middlein the router plate. Then when I went to mount the lift, I would mount it with the router in it, with a bolt chucked up, bolt it to the insert to help center the whole deal. I can adjust the center left & right, but it is just a hair off center forward to back. Not enough to worry about, but the blank insert would resolve that. Hope this made sense.

-- Roger

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#10 posted 01-17-2012 01:18 AM

I congratulate you on what appears to be an excellent, well done project. I find the idea that you can use a powered drill or screwdriver to move it up or down quickly particularly appealing.

I note that it looks like those are course threads. Most, but not all, commercially made lifts use fine threads (32 threads per inch). I assume that a fine threaded rod is difficult to locate. Do you find the courser thread adequate for fine tuning the height?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#11 posted 01-17-2012 01:53 AM

Great work. I seen the article and wondered if it would move up and down smoothly. Thanks for the reply on that question.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#12 posted 01-17-2012 01:57 AM

It seems like router lifts have gone by the wayside now that most routers come with an integral lift.
very creative

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#13 posted 01-17-2012 02:02 AM

Thank you everybody on your kind words!
Rich, I’ll have to get back to you on that. I just finished it this afternoon & haven’t used it yet. However, I’ve been using the plunge adjustment on the router prior to building this & it appeared to be course threads. So it should be just as good, plus the fact that the adjustment is so smooth, that I should be able to turn it just to the desired hight. The one thing that worries me a little is if it adjusts too easy & turn from the vibration of using it. I will run a bunch of scrap through it & find out. If it does, I’ll have to come up with someway to remedy it. We’ll shall see!

-- Roger

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#14 posted 01-17-2012 02:06 AM

I just bought that issue of shop notes just because of these plans. I like the slot idea rather than trying to make the 1/2” nut type top. Looks like you did a great job!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#15 posted 01-17-2012 02:33 AM

Yeah, I just couldn’t bring myself to drill that big a hole in my plate , (if it didn’t work I’d have a big hole in my plate) & I’m not having any problem with the screwdriver slipping out. If I had, I was going to put a hose clamp around the top to keep the driver from slipping out.

-- Roger

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