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Project by dozer57 posted 08-05-2014 06:24 PM 1910 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new router table and shop made lift. Cabinet is basic 3 slide out drawers for router bits and 2 drawers for routers and jigs and such. It has 4 inch dust ports that do a great job. Top is 1 1/2 inch thick with laminate surface, i inlaid aluminum tracks for jigs to travel in. Fence is adjustable, just need to add t-tracts for feather boards and hold downs. Route lift is a project with many do overs till I got it to work right. 5 gears , 4 on threaded 1/2 rod do the lifting. large center gear rotates on a 3×4 pvc pipe reducer that does double duty, gear support and open to drawer below to allow router clean air that is dust free. It has top adjust location so you turn one rod and all 4 turn to lift router. Tried wood gears but they were not sooth when turning so i made them from 1 inch nylon. works great. hope you like my project.





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Underdog

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#1 posted 08-05-2014 06:36 PM

Wondering why you have four gears around the main one? How does it work? Does the main gear twist the router?
Neat set up. Wish I’d gone this route for my router table…

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THOMRIDER

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 06:41 PM

Do have a video of your lift in action?

-- Its all about the jigs

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dozer57

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 06:44 PM

one small gear turns from adjuster on top plate turning large gear that turns other 3 gears. this lifts the router on four corners. Top plate has nut imbeded to lift. if i get time i my make plans and post. I built this on the fly, no plans as of yet

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dozer57

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 06:47 PM


Do have a video of your lift in action?

- THOMRIDER


no but soon if I can figure out how to post one.

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#5 posted 08-05-2014 07:49 PM

Slick lift. Any problems with gear lash causing the rods to turn at slightly different times?

-- Chris K

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dozer57

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 06:27 AM



Slick lift. Any problems with gear lash causing the rods to turn at slightly different times?

- ChrisK


no problems with gear lash as 1/2 inch rod has 13 threads per inch and small gears have 14 teeth and larger gear having 42 teeth and gear lash of no more than .0025 this figures to be a few thousands of an inch deflection on each rod. not noticeable to me. the hardest part was to fine tune gear to mesh properly. the next one I make will have thinner gears, maybe 3/8 thick, I think they would be smoother running. my cost to build was less than $25. This was a fun build and I will try more things with gears.

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