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Project by HankLP posted 09-13-2017 12:04 AM 1335 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased a Jessem router lift a while back, and finally had an opportunity to complete the project last week. In the interim I looked at a lot of router tables online trying to identify the best features for my purpose. Thank you to all those who posted router table projects and blogs on LumberJocks. My existing table was inexpensive, but had nice fence – 36” wide and backed by a 3×3 aluminum angle – so it was repurposed for the new table. The top is a $40 countertop from IKEA – 1 1/8” a 25 1/2” by 74”. The base construction is all 3/4” plywood, with some heavy duty 3” casters to keep it mobile and provide toe room. Overall dimensions are 42” x 25 1/2” by 38” high. Now that it has been used on a new project, I’m very pleased with the Jessem Lift II. For the price (less than $200) I haven’t seen anything that can touch it. Everything is above the table, including bit changes and depth adjustments. No more kneeling on the floor except to occasionally vacuum the cabinet enclosure… but I’m working on a solution for that as well.
UPDATE: I added a photo of the dust collection at the back of the table. The lower collector at least keeps some negative pressure in the cabinet. Pay no attention to the divot in the corner of the table top. It was a reminder of proper care and attention, and no one got hurt.





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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 09-13-2017 01:36 AM

Nice router table. How big is the top itself? I’m halfway looking to build a router table myself and the Jesse lift is one lift I’m looking to use.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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HankLP

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#2 posted 09-13-2017 03:05 AM

Don, the top is 42” wide and 25 1/2” deep. Good luck with your project. I don’t think you can go wrong with the Jessem lift.

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 09-13-2017 03:07 AM

Thanks for that info, Hank. Much appreciated.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Dutchy

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#4 posted 09-13-2017 07:20 AM

A great looking router table.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 09-13-2017 12:34 PM

Very nice router station. I like it!! it is smart to keep the tools needed in that top right drawer!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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richardchaos

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#6 posted 09-13-2017 01:11 PM

I love this gunna make one myself….

Am I the only one to notice that NOTHING WORKS ANY MORE?

Most of the tools I have bought over the past 10 years DO NOT EVEN WORK!

I have bought pipe and bar clamps that were not Threaded. I have bought numerous squares that are not square. Table saws who’s blade was not in line with the motor slots. Miter slots that were tapped, got narrower and wider and or not parallel with out another. Fences that there is no way to make them straight. Bought drill presses with SO MUCH RUN OUT! It was/is anyones guess where the drill bit would end up. Nuts and bolts that were not heat treated SOFT AS BUTTER

If you buy a new car by the time you have finished the fin ace and drive it of the lot there are no less than 6 recall nieces in the glove compartment!

Its a sign of a society/culture on the verge of collapse.

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 09-13-2017 01:17 PM

That’s a A-1 router. Great design.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 09-13-2017 03:02 PM

This is a great router table and it will be a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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pottz

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#9 posted 09-13-2017 03:23 PM



I love this gunna make one myself….

Am I the only one to notice that NOTHING WORKS ANY MORE?

Most of the tools I have bought over the past 10 years DO NOT EVEN WORK!

I have bought pipe and bar clamps that were not Threaded. I have bought numerous squares that are not square. Table saws who s blade was not in line with the motor slots. Miter slots that were tapped, got narrower and wider and or not parallel with out another. Fences that there is no way to make them straight. Bought drill presses with SO MUCH RUN OUT! It was/is anyones guess where the drill bit would end up. Nuts and bolts that were not heat treated SOFT AS BUTTER

If you buy a new car by the time you have finished the fin ace and drive it of the lot there are no less than 6 recall nieces in the glove compartment!

Its a sign of a society/culture on the verge of collapse.

- richardchaos


hey richard nice that you were able to squeeze in a compliment about the router table during your rant about things that dont work,maybe your keep buying cheap junk!
anyway let me say thats a great router table ive got that same jessem lift and love it,very smooth and easy to use.you might also check out there clear cut stock guides, love em they suck the wood tight to the fence as you push it through not cheap but high quality.great job hanklp.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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HankLP

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#10 posted 09-13-2017 08:25 PM

Thanks to all for the comments. I plan to add some drawers – at least to the right side – but who knows when that will happen. I’m also considering adding some baffles to funnel sawdust to the bottom collector.

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kocgolf

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#11 posted 09-13-2017 08:56 PM

What a cool and simple idea to use the aluminum angle for a fence backer. So easy and nice and square. I don’t think I have seen that before. The rest of the cabinet is really solid looking. Good clean build!

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richardchaos

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#12 posted 09-14-2017 02:22 PM

My point was we are going to have to MAKE all our own tools in you want them to work. I also said it was a great table.

I made an insert for a router on my table saw and its work great but I need to build a table for the router alone like this guys.

I have seen a few that have a Way to raise/lower the router from the top and that a great idea. I can count the number of times I have adjusted mine and tinkered with it.

Also am I the only one to notice that ready made router tables are at least 3 times the cost of the routers themselves? Whats up with that?

I love this gunna make one myself….

Am I the only one to notice that NOTHING WORKS ANY MORE?

Most of the tools I have bought over the past 10 years DO NOT EVEN WORK!

I have bought pipe and bar clamps that were not Threaded. I have bought numerous squares that are not square. Table saws who s blade was not in line with the motor slots. Miter slots that were tapped, got narrower and wider and or not parallel with out another. Fences that there is no way to make them straight. Bought drill presses with SO MUCH RUN OUT! It was/is anyones guess where the drill bit would end up. Nuts and bolts that were not heat treated SOFT AS BUTTER

If you buy a new car by the time you have finished the fin ace and drive it of the lot there are no less than 6 recall nieces in the glove compartment!

Its a sign of a society/culture on the verge of collapse.

- richardchaos

hey richard nice that you were able to squeeze in a compliment about the router table during your rant about things that dont work,maybe your keep buying cheap junk!
anyway let me say thats a great router table ive got that same jessem lift and love it,very smooth and easy to use.you might also check out there clear cut stock guides, love em they suck the wood tight to the fence as you push it through not cheap but high quality.great job hanklp.

- pottz

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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