Router table, lift and fence (Festool) Homemade Blog #4: Router table mechanics (bonus material)

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Blog entry by mafe posted 11-09-2010 10:32 PM 7929 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Router table mechanics (bonus material)
A little tour through the tecnical idea.

After request, I will make a quick explanation of the mecanism.

Here a overview of the parts.

The parts.
Some 5mm aluminium, nylon slider (can be made from other materials), threaded rod, joining not (or what ever it is called), bolt with flat hex nut head, and some loctite.

Here are the bolt head on the top of the table.
Countersink so the bolt are under the table top.
(Yes my freehand routing went all wrong…).

So the way it works!
The bolt from the table top are joined with a threaded rod with a ‘joining bolt’ I used Loctite to fasten them.
On the rod a square nut that can move up and down.

In the glider there are a hole that holds the bolt in place.
I split the glider into two parts, since the threaded rod had to be in the center.

In the other end of the glider, the lifter are mounted.
The lifter are made from a 5mm alu. piece, and attached to the gliders by the little screws (two in each).
(The fifth screw have no purpose…).
I also mounted a piece of round alu. to push the router.

The round alu. are mounted with two screws. A feather are attached from the lifter to the skeleton – the spring will bring the arm upwards when the router are not attached.

The lifter with the router attached.

The spring attachment.

Ohhhh yes, and I made a little order in my router bits also…

Hope it could be a inspiration – ‘the shortest distance between people are a smile’!

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 11-09-2010 10:47 PM

Now that is clever Mr President.

Jamie :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 11-09-2010 11:18 PM

Wonderful, Mads! And I agree with Jamie….very clever.

To clarify for others that may become a little confused… in pictures #7 and #9 your description refers to the ‘feather.’

I think it was a slip of your mother tongue as I’m sure a direct translation of the Danish word (I believe ‘fjer’ is probably the same in Swedish – ‘fjäder’ which means ‘feather’ in English), while the other translation of the word ‘fjer’ also like in Swedish is ‘spring’ which is what you are refering to in these pictures. A very understandable linguistic mistake I think you overlooked as in your first picture you have the ‘fjer’ labeled in red as the ‘spring’.

Merely a clarification if any are confused, as the yellow plastic components used in this project to keep the work to be routed tight to the fence is indeed referred to as a ‘feather’ board.

Wonderful pictorial and descriptive tutorial, as always, my hat is off to you sir!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#3 posted 11-09-2010 11:30 PM

Thank you Rick, Correction made – It was spring I meant. And thank you for your kind words.
I’m always happy when I’m told my mistakes. In danish it’s called a fjeder, so yes I must have thought of this…
Jamie, merci my kind private!
Best thoughts and a little feather,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 11-09-2010 11:33 PM

And then I go and confuse myself… ha ha…

I think it is the same word in Danish and Swedish although just different spellings

fjeder (Danish) = fjäder (Swedish) = feather/spring (English)

it is late night and my fingers were beginning to lock up, along with my mind…..

my best to you, Mads!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#5 posted 11-09-2010 11:45 PM

Really clever job Mads I like the way you combine your engineering skills with your woodworking Big Smiles

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#6 posted 11-10-2010 11:34 AM

The product of a very bright mind Mads, and generous of you to share it. This is bound to be copied by a lot of people. You deserve a gold star for this one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 11-10-2010 11:16 PM

Mads, I might have to read these blogs a couple of times, and get some explanation on some of it. It’s too much for this guy in one setting….

This is fantastic!

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#8 posted 11-11-2010 12:08 AM

Rick, the best to you also, yes we are a wonderful pair of woodworders…
Mike, I hope it will be copied a lot, I love to inspire and share.
PaBull, ask away you are more than welcome.
Thank you for the sweet words,
best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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