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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 04-04-2012 06:01 PM 10589 views 3 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2012 06:01 PM

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I saw a video of someone using a car jack as a router lift so that gave me the idea to make one for my HF Router table. I am fairly new to this site, and just this morning, I saw a post of almost the exact same setup. I guess I am not the only redneck in the woods! :-)

I made it out of stuff I had laying around the garage including some all thread for the handle, 1/2 inch melamine scrap for the hand wheel and a piece of 5/8 inch aluminum bar stock left over from a previous project (remote camera mount). I also drilled four holes in the base and screwed the jack to the plywood, so it won’t fall on my foot when I move the router table off the work table. :-)

Here is a link to a photobucket slide show I made of all of my pics.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 04-04-2012 06:41 PM

I can honestly say that I’ve never seen that one before. If you are using a plunge router, it should work great. If that’s a cast iron table top, it shouldn’t blow out the window either.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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#2 posted 04-04-2012 06:46 PM

I just sold an old car for scrap that had a cracked head. I just called the guy and told him to pull the jack out of it before he took it to the scrap yard. I got to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 04-04-2012 06:56 PM

That is a plunge router mounted under the table. I simply loosen the clamp a little, hold my ruler in my left hand and raise or lower the bit as I turn the hand wheel. Then tighten the clamp and I am good to go.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 04-04-2012 09:55 PM

Very clever indeed.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 12-10-2012 02:08 AM

Wow… that’s got me cracking up! :D

-- -Sam

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#6 posted 12-10-2012 02:11 AM

Wow! What ever works, works. Glad to see that you are locking it down, as that is a relief for sure.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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