New Router Lift For A New Router Table!!!

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Blog entry by Bryan Gilles posted 03-20-2015 02:44 AM 1819 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I’m excited to say that I am now the proud owner of a Woodpeckers PRL-V2 Precision Lift! I’m getting ready to build “The Ultimate Router Table” by Dan Phalen and looking to post the whole process via YouTube! Has anyone here built this table? Any pro’s or con’s- perhaps upgrades or customizations you wish you would have built or…? I’m really excited as I’ve been using my current table- an Oak Park style table- for almost 6 years. Its been a good table to start with! I will more than likely mount my PC 890 so I have the versatility of adjusting the RPMs versus using one of my 960’s.

I was also curious about the lift itself. There’s a small hole on the back right side (if you are looking at it from the back) of the motor-mount. Is this for attaching the slide for a digital gauge?

-- Bryan, Northern California,

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#1 posted 03-20-2015 10:44 AM

That’s what I’ve always known as the Norm Abram router table. Dan Phalen even gives credit to Norm on his page. I have one very similar to it and I like it a lot. See it here

As for what I would change?
1. The amount of space included for the router seems excessive. If I did it over, I think I would add a small flat drawer at the bottom of the router enclosure and leave less room for the router. That may lead to router cooling problems, however. Think about it.
2. Number 1 above would interfere with the dust collection. That’s OK because I don’t think much of the dust collection as implemented. Instead, I would consider a pickup very close to the router to capture more dust right at the router. Maybe something similar to this
3. Bit storage – there is just far too much of it (for me, anyway). I don’t think I will ever utilize all of that storage! Hell, I can’t afford to fill them all up! Maybe one or two bit storage units could be made into drawers to store more router accessories.
4. I hate the switch mounted to the side of the cabinet. This is something I will change this summer! At least in my shop, I always end up working at the front of the router table. The power switch would be much more convenient on the face of the router table. YMMV.

What I wouldn’t change is the way the drawers are arranged on the bottom. Norm’s first router table design had one big drawer on the bottom. When he went through a redesign, he split that into three drawers like Dan Phalen’s design. This is much more useful to me with the one deep drawer holding my second router and the two shallower drawers holding a dovetail jig, router edge guide and several other router accessories.

Hope that helps…

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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