Home built router table and lift (FINALLY)

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Forum topic by revanson11 posted 02-04-2013 11:00 PM 7053 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2013 11:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router lift router table router

Up to now I have had a very unsatisfactory router table. I basically used the Delta extension table that came with my contractor saw (3/4” particle board with laminate), cut a hole for a plastic insert and I was ready to go. I hung my PC 7518 under it and got to enjoy many years of substandard router table fun. After 20 years of hanging under the table the insert and board had a good 3/32” of sag. This made it tough to do any precision work.

Enough already, time to move forward and build a good solid, precision router table with a router lift. Once again the good folks here at LJ’s provided me with lots of ideas and suggestions on how to go about it. I still wanted to have the router table act as an extension wing for my table saw and to utilize the mobile frame that was part of my old system. About this time my local hardware store decided to go out of business so I was able to pick up a nice supply of 2” and 1 1/2” 1/8” thick aluminum angle at a very low costs. I laminated both sides of a 1 1/4” MDF panel and trimmed it with red oak. The top is hinged so that it can be opened for easy bit change.

I wanted to incorporate a router lift mechanism in the design and found a link to a home built one that was published in the American Woodworker. This looked like a nice design, would be fun to build and certainly fit within my budget.

The whole project was fun to build and somewhat challenging. So far I am very happy with the way it turned out, good dust collection, accuracy and a joy to use. Here are a few more pic’s of the finished project.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 02:29 AM

Nice table!

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 02:40 AM

First off it looks great. Second, are you happy with it?

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 04:18 AM

How do you make precise adjustments to the height/depth of the bit?

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 04:59 AM

Cool router table and lift nice work.


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#5 posted 02-05-2013 04:32 PM


The bit depth adjustment is accomplished with a 3/8” threaded rod going through 2 opposing “T” nuts which have a positive pressure on the threaded rod no matter which way it is turned, thus there is no slack in the mechanism. The threaded rod has an acorn nut fixed on the top and is accessed by the hole towards the back of the table, just in front of the piano hinge. One complete turn is equal to 1/16” since the 3/8” rod has 16 threads per inch. I use a 5/8” deep socked to turn the acorn nut. So far I am very pleased with the whole set up, certainly far better than what I used to use.

-- Randy, Central MN

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