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I made a homemade router lift for my homemade router table. Found plans in Shopnotes. Made a few variations.
Jan 16, 2012
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#1 posted 01-16-2012 11:04 PM
Nice job how smooth does it run up and down
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#2 posted 01-16-2012 11:12 PM
Very smooth. I just have a slot for a screwdriver in the end of the rod to raise or lower. I can turn it with very little effort & use a cordless screwdriver if I need to move it a long way. Took a 4 day weekend to make though.
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#3 posted 01-17-2012 12:07 AM
Great job Roger,I bought all the part’s but never followed through.
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#4 posted 01-17-2012 12:10 AM
Very nice job. Where did you get the plans?
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#5 posted 01-17-2012 12:15 AM
Nice job saved some cash to boot! Great job!
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"
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#6 posted 01-17-2012 12:17 AM
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#7 posted 01-17-2012 12:39 AM
chris24, it was in Shopnotes volume 21.
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#8 posted 01-17-2012 12:45 AM
I read it through, and told My friends that I would like to make one! The problem is that I also found a source for 110 volt reversable motor, so I will have to make one from scratch! I do like the set-up, but I thought it might change the way it works with humidity! The interesting thing is that almost every one has a motor like that, and don’t realise it!
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#9 posted 01-17-2012 12:55 AM
In case someone is going to build one of these, there is one thing I would do differant if I was doing it again. I would put a blank insert made from hardboard with a drilled hole in the middlein the router plate. Then when I went to mount the lift, I would mount it with the router in it, with a bolt chucked up, bolt it to the insert to help center the whole deal. I can adjust the center left & right, but it is just a hair off center forward to back. Not enough to worry about, but the blank insert would resolve that. Hope this made sense.
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#10 posted 01-17-2012 01:18 AM
I congratulate you on what appears to be an excellent, well done project. I find the idea that you can use a powered drill or screwdriver to move it up or down quickly particularly appealing.
I note that it looks like those are course threads. Most, but not all, commercially made lifts use fine threads (32 threads per inch). I assume that a fine threaded rod is difficult to locate. Do you find the courser thread adequate for fine tuning the height?
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.
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#11 posted 01-17-2012 01:53 AM
Great work. I seen the article and wondered if it would move up and down smoothly. Thanks for the reply on that question.
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#12 posted 01-17-2012 01:57 AM
It seems like router lifts have gone by the wayside now that most routers come with an integral lift. very creative
-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush
#13 posted 01-17-2012 02:02 AM
Thank you everybody on your kind words! Rich, I’ll have to get back to you on that. I just finished it this afternoon & haven’t used it yet. However, I’ve been using the plunge adjustment on the router prior to building this & it appeared to be course threads. So it should be just as good, plus the fact that the adjustment is so smooth, that I should be able to turn it just to the desired hight. The one thing that worries me a little is if it adjusts too easy & turn from the vibration of using it. I will run a bunch of scrap through it & find out. If it does, I’ll have to come up with someway to remedy it. We’ll shall see!
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#14 posted 01-17-2012 02:06 AM
I just bought that issue of shop notes just because of these plans. I like the slot idea rather than trying to make the 1/2” nut type top. Looks like you did a great job!
-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!
#15 posted 01-17-2012 02:33 AM
Yeah, I just couldn’t bring myself to drill that big a hole in my plate , (if it didn’t work I’d have a big hole in my plate) & I’m not having any problem with the screwdriver slipping out. If I had, I was going to put a hose clamp around the top to keep the driver from slipping out.
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