Is this the Ultimate Router Table? Router lift

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Project by sillac posted 05-23-2012 02:19 AM 17501 views 29 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No, even I would say this is not the ultimate router table! For that I would need a motorized lift, and they be to much $ for me at this time. So I made a lift, much the same as the one in ShopNotes, I think it came out in Jan. vol 12 issue 121. I did make a few changes. And it works really well!!!

In photo 1, you can see 3 hex head bolts in the front of each post, there are also 3 bolts in the back of each post. I also cut the grove in each post wider so that the bolts can be used to adjust the position of the guide track to the front and back. This was very helpful in centering the router to the center of the insert. If I had it to do again I would make the grove even wider.

In photo 4 you can see what I call a deflector, for lack of a better name, which is a curved piece of plastic laminate, this deflects the air that is blown up by the router motor, which for this router is a lot. This also acts as a guide or channel for air that enters in the grove or slot as shown in photo 3 in the front of the router table, and is sucked through to the dust collecting system. In photo 4 you can see cut outs in the bottom of the table to allow for this movement, and in photo 6 the ramps can be seen in the cabinet that line up with the deflector and cut outs in the under side of the table, to form this air channel. All this works together to remove any chips that fall onto the deflector.

Photo 6 also shows weather stripping so that air just comes from the front of the table/cabinet, but more about that in the “Is this the Ultimate Router Table? Dust Collection”. There will also be parts on the table top, which has levelers, the air sled to move the thing around the shop if needed, the cabinet, and the fence. I still have to put the drawer fronts on the drawers and build the fence.

Question, MDF or 3/4 plywood for the fence?

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#1 posted 05-23-2012 03:18 AM

Have you seen THIS ONE?

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#2 posted 05-23-2012 04:46 AM

Figures. Not only does the one person take multiple posts for one project which is a transgression of the rules, but another person posts a link to their work and imply it is superior which is a transgression of common courtesy.

-- Jim

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#3 posted 05-23-2012 05:50 AM

@outputter, I guess you didn’t read to whole title.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#4 posted 05-23-2012 11:32 AM

Steve the lift looks nice with the different woods. I like the “defelector” idea. Looking forward to the completed project.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 05-23-2012 10:16 PM

Outputter, unbunch’em. The entire router table project was much easier to follow broken down like it was, and highlighted acceptable differences in each post. Why are you so upset?

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#6 posted 05-23-2012 11:54 PM

Looks awesome. I have that issue of shop notes and I am going to tackle the router lift shortly.

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#7 posted 05-24-2012 04:09 AM

Thanks Milo and Robert. Robert, I am using a big 3.2 hp PC router that is 4 3/16 in in diamiter so I used a 4 1/8 in hole saw and them sanded it to fit after cuting it. Also the main and clamping block are a little bigger than shown. I also used nuts instead of the knobs to clamp it in as I won’t be removing it, that way you can mount it straight on the insert instead of the angel they show. I used red oak for the posts and have some bubinga that I used for the runners and guide track, but any hard wood should work. I put a little wax where they slid together. And I made to grove for the guide track a little wider and used bolts so to help in adjustments and shown. If I had it to do again I would make the posts a little wider and the grove even wider to have even more adjustment, I had just enough adjustment to center the router to the insert plate. You could also use bolts instead of the set screws. Another thing I would do is not use lock nuts on the threaded rod, they are a pain. I would use two nuts with a lock or split washer between them. The lock huts are a pain. i used a steel bushing instead of the bronze one. And if you use the Kreg insert plate it would be a good idea to get the levelers for it. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#8 posted 05-24-2012 04:45 AM

Great Job Steve a fantastic ,I bought all the parts a long time ago and never put mine together.your Lift is amazing.

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#9 posted 05-24-2012 05:16 AM

Thanks Jim, I was surprised how smooth and easy it lifts that big router.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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