Norm Abram Router Table #3: Router Lift

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Blog entry by Litrenta posted 299 days ago 1648 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well now that the router table was done, the one thing I’ve always wanted is a router lift. The Craftsman router I have is absolutely horrible at setting depth, the whole mechanism locks up so I just have to keep fudging it until I get it to the proper height (not ideal).

I found this in Shopnotes a while ago and within a couple weeks of me starting my table I noticed Steve Ramsey from Woodworking For Mere Mortals built it as well so it was nice to see the whole process come to light. I bought the parts for this back when I started the table so I was able to build it as soon as I finished up the table.

I actually had a hell of a time with this project (mostly because I didn’t follow some of the steps) but to get things to line up perfectly and everything moving correctly took a bit of playing around. Overall though it turned out really well and it’s a great little addition to my new router table. Currently I have a socket wrench to move it up and down but am probably going to make a little homemade socket specifically for this task so I can move it up faster than with the socket wrench.


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#1 posted 299 days ago

great build. simple and practical. I don’t think it needs to be anything more than just that.

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#2 posted 298 days ago

Looks great and very practical. Well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 208 days ago

Nicely done.

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#4 posted 208 days ago

Great job on the lift! I really like mine. It has been in service over a year and working prefectly.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 104 days ago

Did you end up using the 3/4-16 threaded rod on this? If doing this again would you stick with the 16 threads per inch or would you prefer something with fewer so that it moves more quickly? the 3/4 diameter on plans seems like overkill but it isn’t much more so I may stick with it when/if I get around to doing mine.

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