Build a router table #3: Home-made router lift

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 03-23-2012 09:59 PM 10214 reads 16 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have completed my router table and love it. I’m sure it will be a while before I take on a project this big again, but it was a fun challenge.

I got the plans for this router lift from a recent issue (#121) of Shop Notes magazine.

It’s a simple concept but definitely one that challenged my skills. To me, that’s the perfect kind of project.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 03-23-2012 10:24 PM

that’s a great build Steve, nice router table and fence another great video too.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 10:25 PM

Great video Steve. I have the ShopNotes issue you spoke of. It gives great instructions on how to build the lift provided that you have a Porter Cable style router. That’s the only drawback to the plans. I have a Freud 2000 E that I have yet to find a router lift for. Perhaps I can modify the plans a bit, that way I don’t have buy a router just to make the lift.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 10:37 PM

very awesome Steve. Looks like it’ll work like, and probably much better than that 400dollar one. Geesh! They do ask to much $$ for a lot o stuff. Very nice build. Thnx for the SN issue # as well

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 03-23-2012 10:40 PM

Great instructions Steve, you simplify the process very nicely

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#5 posted 03-23-2012 11:43 PM

Awesome job Steve !

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#6 posted 03-24-2012 12:50 AM

Steve, great work. I follow you on Youtube, but came over here to read up. I’m glad you didn’t buy a router lift or a router with built-in lift and were instead able to show us an easy to make homemade one. Great video and awesome inovation!!!


-- Words to Live by: "Proper Planning Prevents Pi$$ Poor Performance"

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#7 posted 03-24-2012 12:52 AM

So cool! That really was a great build and it was good to see a router lift built step by step. I know that I will be coming back to this series more than a couple times when I finally get to this project. (I swear, it’s gonna be the next one…)
Thanks for sharing this project with us Steve! Lots of useful stuff.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#8 posted 03-24-2012 01:22 AM

Great JOB, Steve!

You make it look SO EASY!

Great Video too… as usual!

Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 03-24-2012 01:35 AM

Great Lift and great video. You made it look very possible, my intrest is piqued.

Well done.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#10 posted 03-24-2012 02:01 AM

Nice one Steve. You made it look easy.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#11 posted 03-24-2012 02:18 AM

Nice work, Steve.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#12 posted 03-24-2012 03:58 AM


Where did you end up getting your 3/4” threaded rod?

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#13 posted 03-24-2012 04:02 AM

A great build Steve thanks for posting.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 03-24-2012 04:37 AM

Steve, if I didn’t know any better, I’d say you’ve stepped up your woodworking a couple notches. Very nice build and thanks for sharing.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#15 posted 03-24-2012 06:53 AM

STEVE, That new table saw seems to have kicked your woodworking “ego” up a notch or two! KEEP UP THE NICE WORK, ;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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