Tilting Router Lift

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Project by luv2learn posted 03-25-2012 12:24 AM 10343 views 35 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am pumped, I just finished this build today!! I have wanted to replace my old router and router table for a couple of years now. Since I am always conscious of space in my shop I wanted the router table to do double duty as an extension for my table saw. I removed the existing 10” wide stamped steel extension to my table saw and replaced it with a 3/4” x 27” x 27 1/2” Baltic Birch top supported by a 1” x 2” Hard Maple frame. I inset the table top partially into the rabbited frame. The top is held in the frame with four #6×1” wood screws. My thinking was that I could replace the top if I had to without disturbing the frame. Also, since the tilting mechanism is attached to the top it is easy to pull the top and turn it over for service.

The lifting mechanism parts are made from hard maple and Baltic Birch plywood. I can change router bits from the top by adjusting the lift to it’s full up position which is REALLY nice since I had to pull my old router out of the table to change bits. Another thing that is really nice is my DeWalt DW618 router. It replaces a 30 year old (at least) Sears Craftsman router.

I thought for a second that I might do a blog of this build but Matthais Wandel, the creator of this cool mechanism at has step-by-step photos, explanations,videos, and plans of this entire project.

I am glad that I procrastinated doing this build. I was going to build his standard router lift but when he came out with this I couldn’t resist having the tilt option for my router. I can’t wait to see the various new profiles my bits will cut just by tilting the router. I know one project that I am going to revisit is building the mugs that I posted earlier. I think cutting the bevels for the mug segments will be much easier with this router setup.

Thanks for looking!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 03-25-2012 12:56 AM

Very innovative and nicely done. Your craftsmanship looks superb. It’ll be interesting to see what you can accomplish with the tilt feature. Good job!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#2 posted 03-25-2012 01:20 AM

Thanks Paul. Check out Matthais Wandel’s site at he has done a video using several common bits at an angle to make some really interesting molding profiles.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 03-25-2012 01:32 AM

Very well built router base. I sure like browsing through Matthais site as its always entertaining to see what he makes.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#4 posted 03-25-2012 04:05 AM

Great build, looks amazing! Now we need to see some trippy mouldings.

-- I never finish anyth

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#5 posted 03-25-2012 06:59 AM

Wow that is really cool looking! I like the gears. Depth of cut was something I always wondered about when doing something like this but I see you did a relief in the insert to address that? Good idea.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 03-25-2012 12:55 PM

Sweet. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick in Myrtle Beach, SC

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#7 posted 03-25-2012 01:07 PM

very interesting. congrats on the top-3. thnx for the link also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 03-25-2012 02:14 PM

What the crap!? This is awesome. You must be an engineer and work for NASA?

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#9 posted 03-25-2012 03:45 PM

Thanks for the positive comments everyone, I really appreciate the input. You LJ’s inspire me to keep making sawdust :).

To thejosh, naw, I’m a retired Ironworker on social security :)

Blankman, the insert is 1/2” Baltic Birch but I relieved the underside of the insert to 1/4” then slotted the hole to accommodate the router in the tilted position. I can’t raise the lift to the top of it’s range or it pushes up the insert but it gets the bits far enough above the table for most of the applications I want to try.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#10 posted 03-25-2012 04:34 PM

This is nice; really nice! It looks so cool. You did a great job on this. it is, awesome.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#11 posted 03-25-2012 04:57 PM

That thing is awesome, I just cant imagine what I would use the tilting action for. I’m sure we’ll see it in action soon!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 03-25-2012 05:22 PM

Matthais Wandel is in my opinion is the most incredible woodworker I’ve come across in years. He approaches woodworking like a machinist or mold maker would with precision in mind. I noticed his website last year sometime and I have got to say I haven’t been that excited about woodworking since I first seen Norm cut a square hole. The guy is so worth checking out trust me you’ll be blown away.

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#13 posted 12-10-2012 04:13 PM

Have you had any problems with the router slipping in the clamps when tightening or loosening the bit collet? Are there any measures in place that prevent rotation of the router? This looks like a very, very versatile lift! I agree with others that Mathias is great. Was this hard to build? On a 1-10 scale, where would a you rate it?

-- -Sam

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