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Blog entry by DeLayne Peck posted 803 days ago 4579 reads 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, I am new here and I’ll take risk. Thought I would share an innovation that amuses me and works well enough. I have looked at router lifts for my Craiglist router table. Ouch, the cost. Especially, when other equipment is high on the lust list.

Then, a choir hit a high note and this wacky router lift inspiration – a labratory scissor jack. Yup. They are compact, 6’’ x 6” top and bottom plates, 10” maximum lift height. Cost? Less than $30 at artistsupplysource.com.

I measured the distance required below my router and added a plywood shelf. Then positioned and secured the lift under the router. Done. In use, just loosen router’s lock and adjust the height with the nifty front facing knob on scissor lift. Re-lock the router and start buzzing.

Would I like to have a Woodpeckers or Jessum lift? Sure. But, I am getting it done and saved around $320.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.



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JayT

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#1 posted 802 days ago

First off, welcome to LJ.

Looks like it should work well and be very stable. There a few posts about people using automotive jacks in a similar fashion. Just make sure the plate doesn’t block the cooling vents for the router motor.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#2 posted 802 days ago

That’s a great idea!!! Only I’m going to save even more money and use one from an old car. I’ve had a friend who runs a junk yard save me a few from the cars he crushes so I’ve got 2 or 3 that I’m not using. Thanks for posting your solution.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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FirehouseWoodworking

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#3 posted 802 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks, DeLayne! Super find! That looks like a winning idea and rather an inexpensive one at that! Thank you!

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#4 posted 802 days ago

welcome to L J
enjoy and have fun while you hang around on this corner
but be aware … it can be addictive :-)

thanks for sharing …... as you will see from some of the jack lift projects
you can use a batterydrill if you change the handle to a nut or make a bit that fits the handle :-)
as some have done

Dennis

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 802 days ago

Welcome to Ljs
Sounds like a great idea after a little modification for the router. How about another post showing the results when you put yours together ?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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DeLayne Peck

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#6 posted 802 days ago

Oops! Thanks, JayT. The plate does block the router’s cooling vents. Will have to figure a work around for that issue. Thin stainless steel, could easily ventilate the plate at the drill press.

The antique auto jack comments brought back memories. The motor for my grandfather’s turning lathe sat on a platform above an old auto jack with guides. He cranked it up and down to change belt speeds on the pullies. The rest of his wood shop equipment ran on another single motor, pullies, belts, and a drive shaft that ran the length of a work table. Doubt that many LJs have seen that. He fired a love of tools and woodworking that lasted 50 years to date.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#7 posted 801 days ago

Just what I was looking for.
Thank you very much and be very welcome at Lumberjocks.
Bert

-- Bert

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#8 posted 767 days ago

This is awesome!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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b2rtch

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#9 posted 767 days ago

Thank you for the information.
My version:

The wood adapter left the air get in the router fan for cooling

-- Bert

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DeLayne Peck

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#10 posted 767 days ago

Bingo!!! There it is! Really nice work around, Bert. Add an open, shop-made collar. Vent problem solved.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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b2rtch

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#11 posted 766 days ago

DeLayne Peck ( is Peck your first name?), thank you.
This is what Lumberjocks is all about sharing ideas and know how.

-- Bert

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#12 posted 766 days ago

thanks b2rtch
for sharing :-)

Dennis

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crank49

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#13 posted 766 days ago

Hey guys, if you took the knob off and chucked the threaded shaft in a spare VSR drill you could have a powered lift.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#14 posted 766 days ago

I do not want a powered lift!!!!!!!

-- Bert

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DennySch

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#15 posted 766 days ago

check out woodgears.ca he has a great lift, I built 1 from his pics, he also has plans

-- Denny

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