|Project by Amoc||posted 09-25-2015 04:11 PM||1236 views||4 times favorited||3 comments|
Purchased the plans from Jay Bates for a router lift. The project took me a normal weekend to build and then another to install on m Delta Table Saw. This is my second top for this table saw, the first one I took 3/4 in. plywood and a Rockler Router Plate, attached my router base to the plate and used it for about 6-months. The problem I had was making fine adjustments or just changing a bit was a bit of a pain. I either had to bend way down to use the routers micro adjuster or pull the whole assembly up, detach the router to change the bit and then rinse and repeat. Another issue I was havig was the top was Baltic Birch Plywood that was coated in Poly. Problem was it seemed to wear and when sliding wood across it wood hang or get scratched easily.
Jays system for me works great! His plans calls for the lifting arm to be on the right but I placed my to the left due to my work bench. For the top I used 3/4” MDF that was framed with 2” 3/4 Baltic Birch Plywood. I then used Formica Brand Laminate to cover it all. This formica laminate I played with a small sample for about a week before deciding on. I beat it, pounding, dragged unfinished woods and even dropped tools on it. The thing I noted was the very tops of the surface would blacken slightly.
The track I purchased from Orange Aluminum, there T-track allows you to slide a 1/4”-20 hex head bolt into the track for holding down whatever to mount. I found this way less expensive that others that sell track, as a matter of fact I purched 10 ft for what some named other brands would charge you for 48” worth.
My fence I don’t have a picture of it yet, but I took my wifes cutting board, the hard plastic kind and cut 2 strips and mounted them to my router fence. The fence is then attached by clamp to my Delta Fence and slides very nicely.
-- Ken from Ft Hood, TX