Homemade Router Table and A Car Jack As A Router Lift.

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Project by Woodworker_Collins posted 06-23-2012 11:42 AM 20844 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The router table top was made from 3/4” chipboard and 1/4” MDF, which a ran 2 different size grooves in each of them which creates a t-track which i can attach feather boards too. and the fence has 2 sliding fences, the cabinet was made entirely from recycled laminate chipboard i found in my attic from an old entertainment centre, It has 3 drawers on 1 side, 2 of them hold router bits, on the other side there are 3 standard drawers and i will be putting a switch in that gap soon. On the bottom there are 3 gaps to hold power tools. But the unique thing about this router table is the router lift. Its lifted by a car jack which i have screwed a box on to to grip the router and the car jack is screwed into the bottom. You need a plunge router for this to work. It works great and runs smoothly and easily. The important thing is to make sure the jack is directly under your router or else it will try and lift your router table top. oh and its on casters.

-- Adam, Ireland,

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#1 posted 06-23-2012 01:01 PM

Nice job on that router table, The use of the jack is very inventive. I like the use of feather boards , too.,They sure help to keep the cut uniform along the part!!
Thanks for sharing…..............Jim

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

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#2 posted 06-23-2012 02:37 PM

Great looking router table and the jack is a good addition. From the quality of your router table, you don’t have to wait till you are grown up to start working. I’m sure anything furniture you make will sell. Keep up the good work.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 06-23-2012 02:57 PM

Hi Well done. Blue knobs you sure you are in Ireland ha ha ha ha should be green. Serious the box on the jack not interfering with any vents. Regards Roger

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#4 posted 06-23-2012 05:04 PM

Very nice. Great idea, using the car jack.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#5 posted 06-23-2012 05:17 PM

Very cool Adam great router table and lift.


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#6 posted 06-23-2012 07:18 PM

Nice job!! I like the car jack idea. Take a look at b2rtch’s unisaw thread. He uses a jack but came up with a good system so the router can still push air from the ventilation fins on the top


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#7 posted 06-23-2012 09:43 PM

Looks great Adam. Good work. I second Tamboti’s concern about the air vents being blocked. If the wood is strong enough you could drill a lot of small holes in it so the air can flow through.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 06-24-2012 02:05 AM

I saw this idea used in a FWW article a few years ago about a guy who could store a whole shop into a 5×5 storage closet.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#9 posted 06-27-2012 07:06 PM

Cool lift

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

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