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Project by Fuzzman posted 07-14-2011 04:58 PM 2065 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Router table with router lift and Incra fence. I designed and built my own router lift then installed it in a portable table of my own design. My brother made the steel table top for me. The lift has a remote digital readout for height and the fence has a digital readout for position. The sides fold forward and the back folds down for storage. It has a 3.25 HP router in it. I am a retired machinist so I am used to working in decimals. The pins holding the fence bracket can be pulled and the bracket repositioned in exactly 1 inch steps to keep the bracket close to the fence to remove any fence wiggle. This router table is incredibly accurate and repeats positions great. I store everything I need to use this machine in the drawers below so I don’t have to chase for tools or bits. I think that this is the most used machine in my shop.

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Bertha

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#1 posted 07-14-2011 05:00 PM

Engineering marvel. You can tell you’re a machinist. The raiser is the nicest I’ve seen. Does the positioner reliably return after being drop-leafed? It’s a remarkable piece. The bar is officially set.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 07-14-2011 05:04 PM

That is most certainly unique and different. Very nice design. You can never be too accurate.

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Fuzzman

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#3 posted 07-14-2011 05:17 PM

The fence repeats to within .002” . Not bad for a woodworking machine.

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#4 posted 07-14-2011 05:40 PM

nice lift. i’d really appreciate if you had details on the lift design to share

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#5 posted 07-14-2011 06:20 PM

Nicely done. I also have the LS positioner on my router table with an Incra PRL-2 lift. I also use the Wixey digital height gage and angle gage and planer readout. Your table is an improvement beyond these. Many times, this level of precision is unnecessary, but for small work, like my boxes, it’s not ridiculous at all. It does seem that those who scoff at such precision in woodworking often produce work that reflects their philosophy. Whatever works for them. But for me, the search for more precise joints and fittings is ongoing. I’m hardly a fanatic, but perhaps, one day i’ll “get it right”. Perhaps.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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bko

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#6 posted 07-14-2011 06:22 PM

That is truly exceptional! Great work!

Did you make the gear train for the lift too?

That is a very fine pitch thread on the lift—I have found that there is a trade-off to be made on precision versus setup time.

Did you make the cast-iron top as well?

—Brian

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Jonathan

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#7 posted 07-14-2011 06:28 PM

What a great overall design, on both the lift, and the drop leaf setup!

Thanks for sharing this. I purchased a used LS Positioner and have been trying to decide on a table design for it. Thank you for the idea on the drop leaf, as I am limited on shop space!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 07-15-2011 10:07 AM

Nice set up! Incra makes some great stuff no doubt! I love the up / down markings LOL ….. Nice post.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 07-15-2011 07:20 PM

I’m a big fan of the INCRA equipment. I really like what you’ve done hear. This design will go in my “favorites” file.

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#10 posted 07-15-2011 07:23 PM

nice design. I like the foldable back that saves on space when not used.

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#11 posted 07-15-2011 10:55 PM

Very nice compact design. Everything has a place – very practical.

I also noticed the speed control – like it. I’m constantly looking with a mirror to figure out how fast the cutter is going. Also like the crank for the depth adjustment. Great job.

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