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Portable French Cleat Router Table With Homemade Lift

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Project by JSB posted 04-20-2014 01:58 PM 2978 views 29 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided that I didn’t want a dedicated large footprint in my shop so I made a portable option. It may not work for some out there but for others like me who don’t use a router table daily it might be a good option. It’s built around the ibuildit.ca router lift which is the third one I’ve built. It’s a solid design in my opinion. The table features a lift, dust collection, and an adjustable locking fence yet it is small and light weight enough to hang high up on a tall french cleat out of the way when not in use.

Here’s some extra info for those who are interested:

Build video of the router table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5BHbkts4Uw

Free plans for the table:
http://jayscustomcreations.com/2014/04/french-cleat-router-table/

Fast build video of the router lift:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF782Fz95O0

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com





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#1 posted 04-20-2014 03:38 PM

Nice work Jay.

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#2 posted 04-20-2014 05:42 PM

A very nice tool solution .. and a new creative way to look at it’s place in the shop!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal http://www.notjustsawdust.com

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#3 posted 04-20-2014 09:43 PM

cool build

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#4 posted 04-20-2014 11:05 PM

Another winner, thank you

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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#5 posted 04-21-2014 02:04 AM

Great idea.
I watched all your videos in the last 3 – 4 months. I haven’t commented to any of them but I really enjoyed them. Thank you for taking the time to do it and sharing with us. Keep up the good work.

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#6 posted 04-21-2014 04:19 AM

very nice. i liked it very much. thanks for sharing

-- ALPHA-ZEE CREATIONS

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#7 posted 04-21-2014 04:21 AM

Holy crap!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#8 posted 04-21-2014 08:48 AM

Another thing I never even considered. If only wall space was not as sparse in my shop… But maybe I can find a way to adapt the idea to my own needs. I also need to check out the router lift, another thing I still need. Thanks for sharing this, Jay!

-- Dominic's Woodworks - www.dominicswoodworks.com

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#9 posted 04-21-2014 02:40 PM

Very nice, simple and elegant design. Gave me some great ideas.

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#10 posted 04-21-2014 06:27 PM

Really cool solution. I was considering making an insert for my TS for a router table, but I think that I’ll go with this solution instead.

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#11 posted 04-25-2014 07:07 AM

Great idea, might use this for storage of other small stuff that takes up space. Thanks.

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#12 posted 05-16-2014 11:55 PM

I do like the height of that. Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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