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Project by Elyasaf Shweka posted 12-17-2014 03:16 PM 2668 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tilting router lift is based on the plans of Matthias Wandell (woodgears.ca)
Plans and Lots of information of this lift (plus many readers lift) can be found here

I follow Matthias work a few years now, and I reffer to him as our days De Vinci. A very talented and creative engineer, that invented some amazing woodworking machines and jigs. This is his 6th machine that i have built.

The idea of the lift is to simplify the hight adjustmant and the changing of a bit straight from above the table. There is no need to explain much about the lift itself, since all the information can be found on site. I will let my 5 years old son, Yaacov, to explain about this lift, in what you can call a director commentary video (sorry, its in hebrew). He seems to have some serious understanding and enthusiam about mechanism in general, and he is very proud of this specific machine.
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The lift, table and fence are attached to my best shop friend – Hammer (Felder) K3 sliding table saw. I added a metal bracket and some wood supports to hold the table firmly and flushed with the massive cast iron table.

The Lift is made mainly from plywood and some small parts of Maple. it is important to note that there is ingenious feature in the lift, including some kind of a slope, that every time you lock it, it goes straight to the same position, no matter what hight it is in.

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The table is made from bamboo lumber. I had some leftovers from a previous kitchen cabinet project. the insert is made from 6mm acrilic sheet. This my second built of the table. the first one was made from plywood, but i wasnt happy with the alignment of the table and some of its features, so i built it again. in the clip you can see both versions.

The Fence is made from plywood. fully adjustable.

The Router – i first used my new Bosch 1617 router, but then i happen to see that a fellow of mine, a professional carpenter, cleand out his shop and wanted to trash and old Rockwell 350 M router, a very powerfull one (23,000 RPM). it was in bad condition, rust all over, broken switch and no electric cable. i took it cus i felt it looks too good to be in the trash. I managed to fix it. i replaced the ball bearing, cleaned the rust and added cable and a new plug with a switch straight on it. works like a charm.

The Wrenches also worth mentioning. since this specifc router uses 2 wrenches in odd measures (26 & 29 mm), i used some help from a good friend of mine and a great blacksmith, Elimelech Feigin. Like me, he loves to build his own tools, though he tend for hand tools and i try my best to avoid them. his workshop is a great insperation for any craftmen. almost every other handtool in the shop is modified or adjusted to his specific seeds. seeing him work is a pleasure and excitment.


he made me these two wrenches, which makes the replacing of a bit very easy. the small wrench is made from the wrench you get when you buy a grinder, and the big one is made by laser cutting, with a natural wood hand (surpisngly comfortable, you got to try it!)

-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 12-17-2014 03:34 PM

Very interesting ,good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Thepps

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#2 posted 12-18-2014 02:41 AM

I just made one of these myself. The guy’s a genius. Nice job.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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Todd Swartwood

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#3 posted 12-18-2014 01:21 PM

I also have one of his lifts, he does have some very good ideas. I however liked the older videos before
he began to realize how smart he is.

Have a blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#4 posted 12-18-2014 01:32 PM

Nice work. I’d like to build one some day.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Yuval Eitan

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#5 posted 01-08-2015 10:52 AM

Good work! Well done!!
I still have the fantasy to build his band saw… one day…
Have a worm and safe weekend,
Yuval יובל

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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Yuval Eitan

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#6 posted 01-08-2015 11:35 AM

Good work! Well done!!
I still have the fantasy to build his band saw… one day…
Have a worm and safe weekend,
Yuval

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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