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Project by harry1 posted 09-16-2012 08:15 AM 3070 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I based my design on one devised by the late Niki, a very clever aircraft engineer. Niki’s was made from nothing more than a few sticks and rubber bands, yet it worked perfectly. It’s great for course setting the bit height and perfect for dowelling and morticing.

Please not: something went wrong, with the order of the photographs, start from the last one!

I’m sure that most router tables would be capable of a router lifter similar to this one.

The final shot shows how it is now with the Triton router.

I’m sure that most router tables would be capable of a router lifter similar to this one.

-- Harry, Western Australia





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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 09-16-2012 08:39 AM

Harry that is a superb solution to a problem

that I often face. Great idea

Jamie

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#2 posted 09-16-2012 03:32 PM

Very ingenious. I have often

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exelectrician

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#3 posted 09-16-2012 08:04 PM

Perfect for mortise and tenon work the chips fall out of the job.

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#4 posted 09-16-2012 10:18 PM

Neat idea Harry

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#5 posted 09-16-2012 10:31 PM

That’s real clever, Harry!!................Jim

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Milo

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#6 posted 09-16-2012 10:38 PM

OK, am I the only one that can’t figure out how pushing down on that pedal makes the router go up? Or am I confused?

Love what I, just want to UNDERSTAND it more! ;)

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JarodMorris

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#7 posted 09-17-2012 01:43 AM

The pedal is at the very bottom. The black shelf you see is actually under the router. Look at the pedal and notice there is a lever there. Of the 2 posts in the picture of the pedal, the rear post actually moves up and down . The middle post is the fulcrum (think of a teeter totter). The rear post pushes the router up as you push down with your foot. I assume the pedal is somehow spring loaded (maybe the reference to the rubber bands) so that it all comes back to the starting position as you let up with your foot.

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harry1

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#8 posted 09-17-2012 02:06 AM

Thanks for your feedback guys. The operation Milo is as Jarod has explained, but as I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, here is an explanatory picture. Jarod, the weight of the router is sufficient to lower itself without additional aid
.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#9 posted 09-17-2012 05:52 PM

Is this just for mortising? I don’t see any adjustment or locking controls.

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#10 posted 09-17-2012 07:32 PM

Can you set stop depth/height?

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harry1

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#11 posted 09-18-2012 01:38 AM

Not just for mortising Wormil, it’s so quick and easy to set the bit height accurate enough for most projects and where height is critical (rarely) the fine adjustment on the router is used. once the height is set, the router is locked.
As for depth of plunge cut O.N., this is set on the router, and all routers have depth stops of one sort or another.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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Milo

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#12 posted 09-21-2012 01:14 AM

Harry,

Excellent clarifications. Thank you. My ADA brain was thinking the fulcrum was the REAR part for some reason.

THANKS! :)

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steliart

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#13 posted 06-29-2013 05:24 PM

nice and creative solution
thx

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