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Forum topic by ohtimberwolf posted 02-04-2012 02:44 AM 9756 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ohtimberwolf

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02-04-2012 02:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router lift router cheap home made

Well, here is my cheapy fix to raise and lower my router. I know it isn’t great but it works and I can fine tune it if I have to. I took one handle off so I could lift the insert and router out of the hole without a problem. Then I replaced the part that raises and lowers the router with a hex head bolt.

I took an old reversible drill I had laying around and built a holder for it to keep it stationary and in an upright position. I ran the cord through the box to a switched receptacle for power. To go up you push the button on the drill to the right and to the left to go down. The drill is holding a cut off extension with a deep socket that the hex head bolt, that raises or lowers the router, fits into to do the work. I just run the thing up to nearly where I want it and hand turn the socket to fine tune it if necessary. A switch could be rigged to run the drill forward or backwards from outside the box to make it even easier but I didn’t think it was worth the extra effort at this time. I wanted something NOW and it can be improved on later.

When you lift the router up out of the table the hex head bolt just lifts out of the deep socket and it goes back in when you return the router. If this helps someone else that is nice. If not, well I tried. larry

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#1 posted 02-04-2012 02:54 AM

Cool Beans! Now I have to figure out how to build one that will work on my router!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 02-04-2012 02:58 AM

Very creative idea. good job.

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#3 posted 02-04-2012 03:11 AM

Thanks guys, I was sort of afraid it might only draw criticism. For what it is worth, you make me feel better.

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#4 posted 02-04-2012 03:31 AM

That’s a good idea. You can pick up old drills for 10 or 15 bucks at the pawn shop. You actually just gave me an idea for driving a lead screw on a project of mine. That’s a lot faster than a ratchet. Marking the up and down is nice, too. I’d forget which was which. And don’t worry, they only make fun of you for your politics here.

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#5 posted 02-04-2012 04:07 AM

Good idea Chipmunk, wish I had thought of that as I have one of those.

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#6 posted 02-04-2012 04:40 AM

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!! DANGER…DANGER…DANGER

BE SURE TO USE A VARIABLE SPEED DRILL FOR THIS RIG AND RUN IT SLOW.


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#7 posted 02-04-2012 04:46 AM

I like that.

Wonder if I could do that for my drill press table.

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#8 posted 02-05-2012 11:47 PM

Hey guys, be sure to post your impovements and pictures when your done. Please put in the tags Home Made so we can find them as they progress. I love to see the new ideas. larry

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#9 posted 12-03-2019 04:10 AM

Those old variable speed drills come in handy for a lot of things. I use a cordless to raise and lower the trailer jack all the time. I hate to use the hand crank after I hook up, and have to crank it all the way up to keep from hitting something and bending it. also when I unhook I simply screw it down with the drill in seconds. I tack welded a 9/16 bolt to the top of the screw rod , works perfect. When I’m through I store the drill in a tongue mtd. tool box. A single charge last for a long time. I haven’t though about the drill press, I’ll definitely be looking at it now though.
Gerald

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#10 posted 09-07-2021 03:25 PM

The drill idea is creative.
I almost always find it easier to edit something (your idea) than to start with a blank page.
I have an old drill or two. Maybe I could hook up a switch, (dp-dt?) that could be on the
outside of the router-table. Then up or down is a button-press away.

This idea wouldn’t allow for fine adjustments. A ‘jog’ control might do it,
but that’s not really “fine control.” For fine control we’d need a stepper motor, PLC, keypad
and DRO. ☜Look, I’ve invented the wheel!

But maybe if the up/down motor was outside the cabinet it could be operated directly, and somehow fine control could be done turning the chuck by hand. Maybe a handwheel attached around it (c.a. glue?) And maybe the drill could be horizontal and have a 90° attachment below the router jack-screw.
Easier to put together than the stepper+PLC idea, for me. I think I’ll try that soon!

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#11 posted 09-07-2021 03:57 PM

Glad it inspires your thinking Rodango. I do my turning the chuck by hand to fine tune when i need to. It is inside of my cabinet but only takes me a few seconds and I’m good to go. Thanks for the addition to the creation. All ideas blossom from a start somewhere. larry

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#12 posted 09-16-2021 07:34 PM



I like that.

Wonder if I could do that for my drill press table.

- Danpaddles

There are several videos and articles about adaptations to do just that. Sure beats cranking. Plus the crank always is located behind the big honking table you built on the tool. Walk around crank, still too low, walk back around, crank crank, ahhh too high now, walk around…...

Ohio, slick modification. If it works also a huge cost saver.

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#13 posted 09-17-2021 10:31 AM

Steve N… it works fine for me. Thanks for the feedback and link, it helps others to get started. larry

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