Router table #1: The 2nd attempt

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Blog entry by mIps posted 10-11-2012 06:34 PM 1098 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was able to pick up a used router at a local garage sale for $20. It’s a craftsman (don’t yell, I know) 2 1/4 HP fixed base model. I’m glad to have it, but it has some challenges that I am still trying to deal with.
So, my first attempt was to put a piece of plywood into the expansion slot of my tablesaw. That worked okay but I had no fence and the plywood was not really all that smooth.
This is my second attempt was to use a piece of laminated particle board that I got from an old desk as the “table” and use some of the leftover melamine to build a “fence”. this does work better but I’m still not really happy with it. I want to build a dedicated router table and have a chunk of old kitchen counter that I think will be awesome as the table top.
My current challenges are: 1) The height management on the router is really terrible. it doesn’t really want to adjust up or down easily and 2) The “sleeve” that mates the base to the motor is fairly thin plastic and will flex if pushed on too hard. So I want to take the motor out of the base completely and build a router lift to solve both of those problems. I know what I want, I just have to figure out how to do it.

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 01:59 PM

If you are dead-set on making your own router lift, I really like this design

And it offers capabilities I haven’t seen in any commercial design yet!

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 10:35 PM

- EEngineer: I’ve seen that one and, while it is very nice and the tilt feature is just stellar, I don’t know how it would work in a dedicated table. I’ve been noodling over this one. I think I’ve pretty much figured out WHAT needs to happen, just not quite how or in what order.

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