Router lift

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Project by EnredandoNoGaraxe posted 541 days ago 7524 views 38 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 541 days ago

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 541 days ago

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 541 days ago

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

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 541 days ago

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 541 days ago

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 fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#6 posted 541 days ago

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 541 days ago

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

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 541 days ago

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

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#9 posted 541 days ago

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 541 days ago

Happy routing with your new router lift and table!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 541 days ago

I enjoyed watching this build on YouTube. :)

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#12 posted 541 days ago

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),



271 posts in 604 days

#13 posted 540 days ago

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 540 days ago

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 87 days ago

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


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