My $25 router lift

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Project by mpounders posted 08-27-2010 06:36 AM 11727 views 28 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many years ago, I bought this Bosch plunge router. It has a big powerful motor, 1/2” collet, varible speed, and a soft start and I thought it was big improvement over my little craftsman router. Except it weighed a ton and when I mounted it in my router table, it was really a pain to adjust the height of the bit. I’m not sure that router lifts had been invented back then. But I ran across Matthias Wandel’s website and his wooden geared router lift . Since I had no money for a nice metal lift or room for a separate router table, I decided to redo the side table on my saw and try this one out. A few parts, some scrap wood, and a few days work and voila! It works really well, locks solidly in place, and allows me to use my existing fence and the miter slots on my saw. You can see in the fourth picture that it makes bit changes quite easy, actually easier than it was with the plunge rails on it. I still need to make my sacrifice fences to attach to my regular fence, but I am excited that this tool will be a lot more convenient than it originally was. I was really surprised at how fast it works.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 08-27-2010 07:04 AM

This looks like one for the favorites list. Thanks for posting

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#2 posted 08-27-2010 07:18 AM

the price was right…......the lift makes life easier….what else could you want?????

great job…..enjoy

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#3 posted 08-27-2010 07:39 AM

I grew up in my grandfather’s shop. He was a Dutch master craftsman who began his lifelong woodworking career during the Great Depression. There were very few tools in his shop that he hadn’t made himself, it was filled with fascinating devices like this router lift. He made a lathe, a tablesaw, sanders, and even a bandsaw from bits and pieces of salvage and woodscrap – and they worked often better then store bought equivalents. I have his handmade wooden lathe, built in 1936, handed down to me by my dad. There was a time when most woodworkers made their own tools, this lift continues that tradition – very nice.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#4 posted 08-27-2010 08:03 AM

Hey Mike,
That’s cool….good job.

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#5 posted 08-27-2010 11:56 AM

Mike, I like your creativity way of thinking and I am excited about the result.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#6 posted 08-27-2010 12:36 PM

I love shop made tools, I’m in the process of building a thickness sander now, good job, favorites also


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#7 posted 08-27-2010 02:16 PM

A very nice and handy set up, nice build.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 08-28-2010 07:14 AM

Another one for the favorites file.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 08-28-2010 09:38 AM

I bought a Rout’R’Lift about 12 years ago & before that struggled wish I had seen this back then, good job & it must be satisfying every time you use it

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 08-28-2010 04:30 PM

Nice done Mike. That´s also in my to do list. Just need some encouragement to tackle it.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 08-28-2010 04:33 PM

Super job well done cool lift.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 08-30-2010 10:35 AM


-- Jiri

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