Quick Release Lever Router Lift

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Project by JSB posted 02-02-2015 01:24 AM 2995 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed a quick action lever router lift for my shop. The lift slides extremely easy with steel bar slides. It’s quickly locked into place and unlocked for lowering. A stop block is incorporated so you can quickly and easily return to your previous position if you need to use the top surface. It was designed to go in a table saw extension wing which I will complete at a later date. Due to the pivot location of the lever there is a 2:1 or 3:1 mechanical advantage for easily adjusting the bit to a desired location. One of the main objectives with this lift was to keep the build very simple so no micro adjusting mechanism is used. I honestly don’t think it’s necessary anyway as I can fine tune the bit height by hand just fine.

For those who are interested I have a lot more info and plans here:

-- Jay -

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Dave Rutan

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#1 posted 02-02-2015 01:33 AM

Really cool, Jay. I like how the setting can be locked in, but you can also quickly lower the bit. Clever design!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Nick Ferry

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#2 posted 02-02-2015 01:33 AM

I love the second knob for setting it back to where it was – good design

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#3 posted 02-02-2015 01:36 AM

Thank you Dave and Nick.

-- Jay -

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#4 posted 02-02-2015 05:23 AM

Excellent design Jay, I also like that net stop for a repeat cut. And I like the simple lift mechanism, makes for a quick set up. Nice work and I really enjoyed the video.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 02-02-2015 07:29 AM

Like the style!
It’s the first one I’ve seen that dosn’t involve a vastly expensive “turn the screw” adustment – can I steal your design please?

-- Live Forever...............or Die Trying

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#6 posted 02-02-2015 12:31 PM

You’re a gr8 fabricator Jay. I think the only thing I might add is a piece of sandpaper where the lift lever adjuster knob is. Just for a little extra holding power, especially when the router is running and vibrating, that might possibly loosen up, and you wouldn’t want that. Good stuff, as always.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 02-02-2015 11:07 PM

Very creative Jay. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#8 posted 02-03-2015 01:14 AM

Congrats on “Daily Top 3”

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#9 posted 02-03-2015 05:54 PM

Great project awesome detailed post…. Thanks for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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