|Project by George M||posted 02-28-2011 02:33 AM||2800 views||12 times favorited||8 comments|
After resurrecting my shop in the last year, and visiting this sight and other woodworking sites, it was clear that I really needed a router table. After looking at many different ideas, I based mine on this one.
- The router hung off of the rear rather than the table
- It had a hinged top
- It was adjustable.
One thing I decided I did want however was a motorized lift I did not want to have any handles or cranks on top. It seemed like there was a possibility that I would have to move a template or fence to adjust the height. So when wandering around a surplus store one day I came across this linear actuator. I thought why not? In doing some research, I discovered that it was used on hospital beds. Since it has 700 lbs. of force I was confident it had plenty of power
Since I have a relatively large shop, I did not need to have the table mobile and had the luxury of having a large top. It measures 48” x 32”. At first I thought the threads on the actuator may be too course, but I can adjust by 1/64 with a quick tap on the switch. One thing I did differently from the original was to build the lift system on a seperate piece of MDF. That way I could make sure it was all working smoothly before mounting it on the 3/4” back.
I’ve used it for a couple of projects now (mainly jig making for some furniture I plan on building), and am thrilled with how well it works. Two possible additions (one almost for sure), a foot pedal and if needed a manual micro adjustment.
Most of the material was wood I had on hand. The milled rods I sent for and found the bushings locally. The actuator was $24.
-- George, Parker Colorado