|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 1119 days ago||2220 views||13 times favorited||27 comments|
This is probably my most prized tool in my shop. I planned for 10 years to make a router station to replace my flimsy router table. I just wanted to incorporate all of the best features I could think of. The first thing was to buy a good lift unit and design around it. I purchased a Woodpecker Quick Lift for a time saver instead of cranking on a 32 thread shaft to get the bit above the table. I had to rebore the lift mech to fit my Milwaukee router which was 3 9/16” ( 1/16 larger in diameter). Then I fitted the lift with a thrid guide post with a lock because the two they have seem to be off to one side and not balanced.
I made the table with 8 full extension drawers and dovetailed them with my cheapo HF dovetail fixture.I also modified the lift mech to be screwed down to the table because it would rise when lifted and a little sawdust would drop below it and make it too high. I also drilled it out for a little tool holder to catch the bottom wrench.
The fence is made from a hollow alum extrusion with T slots all around. I capped one end and put the vaccum port on the other. The bottom half of the fence adjusts for different dia. cutters.
I don’t have a central vacuum system in my little shop so I wired the back outlet to be “hot” when you turn on the router and the shop vac automatically turns on.
The last shot is one of my lift-out router bit holders There are 2 for the 1/4” bits and 2 for the 1/2” bits. I’m running out of room in them too. Time to stop buying cutters!!
I made this a few years ago but I’d thought I’d post it in case someone is building one and would like to benefit from my long research on features.
I really appeciate all the ideas I get from LJ’s all over the world.
What a find to come across this Lumberjocks site!!!!!!!!!!
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!