Homemade Router Lift

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Project by ChuckC posted 05-14-2010 05:06 AM 22769 views 42 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a router lift I made. It’s essentially the “Z” axis (up and down) of the cnc router I built. I used maple ply and oak. My current router table is going to be replaced with a new one and I wanted it to have a lift. I didn’t want to spend a couple hundred dollars on one and I get a kick out of DIY projects. Everything is tight and there is no slop.
It’s not going to mount in the conventional way (from the top) but on the inside of the back wall of the table. I’m still trying to decide on a design for the new table but it will have a small hole in the top where I can slip the allen wrench to raise or lower the bit. Once the lift is mounted i’ll slip a router motor through the hole and lock it down with the two bolts. I used the cnc router to make the hole. I needed a hole that was slightly larger than the routers motor and the cnc did the trick. After it was cut I split it in half and rounded the front part at the band saw.

It’s not in a table now but I think it’s going to work out just fine once it is.
Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 05-14-2010 05:50 AM

Great job! I know a guy name Chuck C that’s a friend of Bill W. I wonder if you’re the same guy…

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#2 posted 05-14-2010 08:45 AM

nice lift. do you have plans or sketch up for this?


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#3 posted 05-14-2010 12:24 PM

Wow, that’s some nice engineering. Thanks for giving us a look.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#4 posted 05-14-2010 09:14 PM

Clever engineering, I am impressed! What’s with the bananas?

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 05-14-2010 09:49 PM

That sure took some time and skill to create ! Thanks for sharing it with us : )

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#6 posted 05-14-2010 10:17 PM

Here’s a link for plans that are similar. I’ve thought about making something like this myself.

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#7 posted 05-14-2010 10:35 PM

That’t pretty darn cool. Would love to see it installed and functional.

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#8 posted 05-15-2010 12:48 AM

Very cool. I might have to look into making one.

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#9 posted 05-15-2010 02:59 AM

That design looks like a JGRO cnc z axis. I built a JGRO myself. Nice little machine. I also built the router lift that TheChucker mentions above.

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#10 posted 05-15-2010 04:45 AM

Thanks for the great comments everyone! Yup, it was inspired from a JGRO “Z” axis. I build a JGRO cnc router (see my projects) and had some stuff left over. I think I spent an additional $20 and I made myself a router lift. Instead of a stepper motor I tapped and threaded the lead screw on my metal lathe to accept a hex bolt. The lead screw goes through two flange bearings mounted on opposite sides of a piece of oak. The rails are common gas pipe that I spun on the lathe to smooth it out a little. I don’t think that had to be done but the effort was minimal and it gave me an excuse to use the lathe :-)

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#11 posted 10-28-2010 05:14 AM

It’s been a while but I finally put this in a table:

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#12 posted 01-14-2011 07:13 PM


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#13 posted 12-24-2011 04:14 PM



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#14 posted 12-24-2011 09:14 PM

You might get some ideas from this...

Y’all have a good one!

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