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Project by revwarguy posted 11-10-2017 02:49 AM 1684 views 21 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would build a lift from available plans, but…
Here is a DIY computer controlled router lift that was a really satisfying project.
Made for a drop in router table and uses a stepper motor for precision movement.
Has an auto zero probe (that thing at the lower left in the first picture.)

Before you ask me why I bothered, take look at my blog here
which probably tells you more than you want to know. :^)

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright





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playingwithmywood

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#1 posted 11-10-2017 04:35 AM

Totally admire you electronic work I am sure you will like AvE on YouTube if you do not already watch him

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#2 posted 11-10-2017 05:18 AM

That looks pretty neat, is there a finished project that is made of wood hiding there somewhere?

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#3 posted 11-10-2017 12:21 PM

Very nice job on that lift. You are quite the inventor looking at your projects!! I love it! Keep the mind going !!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 11-10-2017 03:16 PM

Looks great, but when I checked the blog out, wow, incredible…

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 11-10-2017 03:37 PM



That looks pretty neat, is there a finished project that is made of wood hiding there somewhere?

- bigblockyeti


yes.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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#6 posted 11-10-2017 05:33 PM

Very nicely done

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#7 posted 11-10-2017 06:46 PM

Very nice. I have read a lot of your build instuctions. And it is written great! Even to me it’s clear. But I still have some questions. Did you considered DRO and can you position your router bit to there where you need it?

THANKS

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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revwarguy

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#8 posted 11-10-2017 07:13 PM

But I still have some questions. Did you considered DRO and can you position your router bit to there where you need it?
- Dutchy

Hi Dutchy,
The display on the controller is the DRO (the height of the bit is displayed in either imperial or metric) and it changes as the router is moved up or down. There is a “probe” that plugs into the controller to set the zero height – you place the probe over the router bit hole (with the bit already below the surface), press the button on the probe, and lift raises the bit until the bit makes contact with the probe. The height is then set to zero, and from the on, the height of the bit is accurately displayed on the controller as you press either the up or down buttons.. I think that is what you meant by “considered DRO”?

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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#9 posted 11-10-2017 07:19 PM

That’s a really nice project.
No pun intended, but this UPs, and Downs, the router table tool a lot!
I wonder how long it will be before you get offers to sell it for mass production?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 11-10-2017 08:33 PM

Love it! Great job

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#11 posted 11-10-2017 11:29 PM

A very interesting project. I bet you’re feeling really good about your accomplishment! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 11-11-2017 01:21 AM

Really nice mix of electronics and woodworking. I want to build one. Next step is to have a web-connected raspberry pi that allows you to wirelessly control your router through a local network or maybe bluetooth :).

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 11-12-2017 01:18 AM

Been thinking about making one of those myself for some time. Going on my favorites list

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#14 posted 11-12-2017 02:42 PM


But I still have some questions. Did you considered DRO and can you position your router bit to there where you need it?
- Dutchy

Hi Dutchy,
The display on the controller is the DRO (the height of the bit is displayed in either imperial or metric) and it changes as the router is moved up or down. There is a “probe” that plugs into the controller to set the zero height – you place the probe over the router bit hole (with the bit already below the surface), press the button on the probe, and lift raises the bit until the bit makes contact with the probe. The height is then set to zero, and from the on, the height of the bit is accurately displayed on the controller as you press either the up or down buttons.. I think that is what you meant by “considered DRO”?

- revwarguy

Thanks. Now it;s clear.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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