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Router table, lift and fence (Festool) Homemade

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Project by mafe posted 11-08-2010 01:14 AM 7483 views 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Router table and fence for my Festool router.
A fun way to save a lot of cash.

So router table finally done, I bought the alu profiles more than a year ago from a guy in a paper, I paid app. 65 dollar for 30 meters and a big back of fittings, screws and other stuff for this system (quite a scoop).
All parts are otherwise scrap alu, cutting board plastic, or standard hardware, the lift runs on a M6 threaded rod, as this lifts with 1mm at each turn, so I know my lift quite exactly. It can be lifted with a hex key or a hex on the accu drill. The bits can be changed from above.

I had made some drawings but skipped them, and went along as my imagination and the troubles told me.
It was a really fun build, a lot of thinking, and trying to imagine different movements.

1. The final set up, router table and fence with feather boards.
2. The table with changeable top (router and table saw).
3. My homemade router lift and mount, on an old Festool jig saw plate I got for nothing.
4. The new changeable zero clearance for the top, the funny shape comes from the jig saw mount, the material are a cheap IKEA cutting board. Also seen are my router lift system, that is adjusted from the top.
5. The fence plate has changeable fronts, so I can make zero clearance for any bit.
6. The fence and the frame of the lift are build from BOSCH alu profiles.

It works really nice, so if I could change something I would not!
And yes those of you who have said to me I should have worked for a tool company – you are probably right…

Now I look forward to be able to make things I could not do before!
I’ll make a blog just for fun, took plenty of pictures, as I went along.

Here are the blog on the project.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or that someone can shake the head and say; ‘MaFe you are crazy’,

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.





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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 11-08-2010 01:20 AM

Mafe your a good friend and your crazy.

You see problems through fresh eyes, if some say you cant do it that way. I know you will and improve on it.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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mafe

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 01:27 AM

Jamie, I just wrote you a PM this second!
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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lilredweldingrod

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 01:43 AM

Jamie, he has never had a lemon in his life ,only lemonade. lol Can you imagine how educational it would be to live next door to Mafe?

Mafe you might try a set of these home made FB’s. These are my favorites. I find I have more control of the outcome with these. Rand

I really like the router table.

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mafe

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 01:48 AM

Really clever and simple feather boards, these I have to try!
Thank you!
I have to bring me, my daughter, my two steph sons and my fionce to US… Perhaps the web is more easy!
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jeff Roberts

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 01:49 AM

Wow Mafe! Very cool! I love the aluminum extrusions. I’ve used a version similar to the Bosch called 8020 here in the states to build quick projects at work. I’ve been thinking of making an overhead table saw guard with this stuff. Perhaps you will design one for me and post the plans here. This would save me a lot of time! Metric not a problem!

Thanks for posting.

-- Jeff, Dayton, OH

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mafe

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 02:13 AM

Feel free to ask questions when you start, I will help if I can.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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docholladay

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 04:07 AM

There you go. I’ve already bought a router lift and you go and show us how I could have built my own. You do come up with some ingenius ideas – and they work. Very, very cool.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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lanwater

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#8 posted 11-08-2010 06:30 AM

That looks professional. Great job.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Schwieb

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#9 posted 11-08-2010 01:15 PM

Very clever Mads and I don’t think you are crazy either

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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mafe

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#10 posted 11-08-2010 01:23 PM

Ken, I am! And I love to be! Mad(s)ness rules.
Ian, merci.
Doc, sorry! It was great fun.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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DevilDogNurse

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#11 posted 11-09-2010 03:50 PM

Any way you could take some detailed pics of the lift mechanism? I’d love to try and copy it!

-- Marine, Nurse, Dad.

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mafe

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#12 posted 11-09-2010 04:39 PM

DevilDogNurse, I’ll try and make it for you to night, I will post it as a part four then on the blog.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jamie Speirs

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#13 posted 11-09-2010 05:59 PM

Hey Rand,
those are cool.
Mads
Another mad inventor. Aaaaaaaah!

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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lilredweldingrod

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#14 posted 11-09-2010 06:54 PM

Thank you Jamie. How’s the pinkie?

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Jamie Speirs

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#15 posted 11-09-2010 07:19 PM

Rand,
every one asks how I broke my Pinkie.

I’ll tell you the truth as long as you keep it a secret.

Shirley punched me in the nose. LoL

Jamie
not a word to anyone!

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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