Router lift

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Project by EnredandoNoGaraxe posted 02-01-2013 03:15 PM 14967 views 41 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always wanted a router table with a router lift and after watching a lot of videos about that subjet I found this one that inspired me. Now the router lift is attached to the table and it works fine. I am working in the fence so I will finally have my router table. You can see how I made it here:

-- Sergio, Galicia (Spain),

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#1 posted 02-01-2013 04:04 PM

I enjoyed your video of the router table build, well done. The few router tables that had plunge routers never had a very good lift mechanism ( in my opinion). I think your idea with the cables is probably the best idea. I will have to watch your other videos. Thanks for sharing.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 04:37 PM

Great project! I’m assuming you left the plunge return springs in place an the cable pulls the router towards the base plate against the springs. How hard does that make turning the crank to ‘raise’ the router? All in all a good inexpensive solution for the true DIYer!

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 02-01-2013 04:40 PM

Very nice work Sergio and very innovative design and a great build.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 05:48 PM

Wow ! I’m impressed. Not many guys would put so much thought and effort into building their own router lift.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 02-01-2013 06:09 PM

Do you still have to lock the router before cutting or do the cables/ springs hold it accurately?

Thanks, good idea.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees.

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 06:18 PM

Gran trabajo socio!!

Yo ando un poco mal de tiempo para postear vídeos, a ver si empiezo a buscar hueco

-- Daniel Rodríguez "CarpintHero" from Xátiva, Spain - My YouTube channel:

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 07:05 PM

Very clever, and inovative engineering. I’m with Paul/aka Shipwright. It would need to be stable for accuracy in cutting?

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 07:18 PM

one of the nicest designs I’ve seen to date!

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#9 posted 02-01-2013 07:26 PM

Cool idea, a cable control means you don’t have to get under the table for adjustment!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 02-01-2013 07:59 PM

Happy routing with your new router lift and table!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 02-01-2013 09:20 PM

I enjoyed watching this build on YouTube. :)

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#12 posted 02-01-2013 09:31 PM

Thank you everyone for your comments.

The springs in this router are inside the case and the cable pulls against the springs. I have three routers and this is by far the one with the hardest springs. I think I bought it with some defect, but after some molybdenum lubricant spray it moves smooth. It is important that the cables are perfectly parallel with the router columns.

The crank is easy to move, but at first (before using the molybdenum spray) there was a lot of tension in the cable, so I reinforced the crank structure. Now The cable doesn´t have that tension.

I have to lock the router before cutting. This router have a slight movement in the column that is locked with the lever so I prefer to lock it. My three cheap routers have the same slight movement in the same column so I think that the lock helps to keep the router bit aligned somehow. Anyway I just made some cutting test so far.

-- Sergio, Galicia (Spain),



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#13 posted 02-02-2013 09:19 AM

Awesome lift, great job! Nothing like self-innovation, it’s an art.

I built mine from John Heisz’ plans on ibuildit.

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#14 posted 02-02-2013 01:17 PM

Thank you. I thought about buying plans (ibuildit or woodgears), but I am not sure I could be very accurate to make one of those with the machines I have in my shop. Besides that, using this kind of router I should take the base and the columns apart.

-- Sergio, Galicia (Spain),

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#15 posted 05-02-2014 03:47 AM

Awesome stuff, this will bring cool and creative ideas to others.


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