Router Table with Motorized Lift

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Blog entry by Denco posted 08-26-2013 03:35 PM 2678 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First time posting a project. I’m still a novice and was in way over my head, but after a long time, here’s my router table. The lift is motorized using a PLC controller and a 12VDC motor normally used for automatic car seats in Honda automobiles. The 120VAC to 12VDC conversion was accomplished using a computer power supply. Most of the wood I used was cheap wood from the big box stores or ugly scraps I had on-hand, so I painted it red, white, and blue and put clear coats over it. Items that didn’t make it into the video for time sake were:

-Front panel is held on with rare earth magnets for easy removal and access to the router lift.

-Front panel is melamine so I can use a dry erase marker for notes (but probably never will)

-The logic is programmed so that the lift won’t work while the router is on. Also, the router won’t turn on if the lift is in motion. Safety

-I design custom controls for a living, so the controls part was easy, the wood part was where the challenge was.

-I also designed controls that didn’t use a PLC, just switches just in case the PLC died and I couldn’t get another one (this one was a spare from the shop that had 1 bad input… I designed w/o using that input).

-The fence is based on the one Steve from built. It slides on the T-tracks mounted to the side of the table. The bottom of the fence plate where the knobs tighten is cut away so that I can loosen the knobs and lift the fence straight up and off the table when removing it for pin routing.

Here’s the video! Enjoy!

-- Cut wood or cut weeds today.....well, 6ft weeds can go another week.

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#1 posted 08-26-2013 04:15 PM

Pretty slick! wish I could build something like that, but the electronics is what I’m scratching my head about.

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#2 posted 08-26-2013 04:29 PM

makes my bottle jack lift look caveman.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 08-26-2013 09:35 PM

Purdee nifty.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 08-31-2013 02:17 AM

I’m not sure I understand why you would need to adjust where the bit comes up through the hole in the table top?You can move the fence back and forth on top of the table, and the left to right would do what? Just curious the thought behind that.

Thanks and nice lift.

-- LAS,

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#5 posted 08-31-2013 04:52 AM

Hi Luke, The adjustments are just to center the router lift, itself, with the router plate and then lock it down, especially if I ever change the router motor and the new motor has a slightly different diameter or anything like that. It was just a way to ensure my router lift is centered properly. The fence and bit height provides adjustment for each individual cut.

-- Cut wood or cut weeds today.....well, 6ft weeds can go another week.

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