|Project by luv2learn||posted 03-25-2012 12:24 AM||11824 views||35 times favorited||13 comments|
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 www.woodgears.ca 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