|Project by Jeremiah||posted 05-25-2012 06:35 PM||6066 views||49 times favorited||11 comments|
First off, i cant take credit for the lift and tilt design, or the drop down idea. All i did is combine them and add in my own touches
As with most people, space is always a problem, and a good router table is a must….how do you balance the two?
Shop Notes started my mind milling with a wall mounted drop down router table. It was fairly basic and didn’t have much of the storage i added. It also had a fairly basic (lame) fence. I took the idea and made the cabinet deeper to house bits, the extra base and my trim router. I also made a much better fence. It’s adjustable with a split mouth that keeps the clearance to a minimum. The body of the fence is also part of the dust collection (still not fully incorporated yet)
The lift and 45degree tilt mechanism came from Matthias Wandel http://woodgears.ca/router_lift . He is a frick’n genius! for real. what he comes up with is brilliant. I didn’t download the plans (not because I’m cheap, but because i cant resist trying to figure out things on my own) in retrospect, i wish i had. the $15 he charges would have been well worth it, i spent $100 in time, reinventing the wheel.
The whole contraption is mounted next to my miter saw, which i have over my joiner. For most this would be way to high to be practical, but since i’m 6’5” its perfect for me. The last two pictures shows what it looks like from the back of my shop, looking forward. 1st pic is it down, and the 2nd shows how little space it takes up when its away.
So far, ive only done test runs on it, but it’s preformed perfectly. The plate for the router top is a piece of polished 1/4” aluminum that a friend gave me. i flattened it and drilled it for another table, so it looks a little off center on this one but it’s not.
Happy to answer any questions anyone has about it or post more pics. I hope it inspires someone :)