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Project by Tag84 posted 03-14-2013 03:17 AM 3116 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone,

I recently bought a new routertable, which i’m very happy with, and decided to try making a routerlift.
I looked at steve Ramsey’s instruction video for this lift. I also really liked Mathias Wandel’s version, but went for
Something little easier.
There are a few differences, like the runners can be adjusted from the side instead of the back. There are 4 hex head screws on each post in opposite direction that lock the runner. If you leave a little play in the runner i noticed you can adjust the runner in alot of directions with the hex screws.
I used hardwood for the runners.
I didn’t want to drill a hole in the insertplate, so went for a threaded rod underneath the table and a simple wheel.
I don’t have a round routerengine, and wanted to use my makita router.
Only problem is that it has almost no straight edges for making a nice square carriage.
As a reference, i screw 2 different sized rods trough the hole where the locking mechanism used to be, and went from there. On the other side i shaped a piece of metal to go under the knob and used some tierips to tighten it.
( pic coming).
A nice project, i learned alot and i’m really happy with the result :).

-- -Thomas -





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BusterB

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 03:44 AM

Thats pretty danged creative…love that hand crank idea. Great build

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Dutchy

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 05:50 AM

Beautiful router talble. Well done. I have seen this “version” also with a car jack under it for lifting. where did you buy the routertable blade?

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 07:57 AM

Well done… Will save some cash no doubt.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 03-14-2013 10:37 AM

Nice build. Clever stuff.

That always make me mad when manufacturers don’t put flat sides or mounting surfaces or whatever on their tools.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 03:21 PM

LOL,

Nice adaptation. Looks clean and functional. The wheeled handle is a nice touch. :)

Did you consider a drive mechanisim from the top? How stable is it? Mathius has some pretty great woodworking machines.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 03-14-2013 03:23 PM

I’m looking to make one myself for a dedicated router table for hardwoods, and my 2.5 HP Harbor Frieght router. I like the simplicity.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 03-14-2013 03:27 PM

Very cool nice work

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Tag84

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#8 posted 03-15-2013 03:40 AM

Thanks for the nice comments! Doc i’m really suprised how stable it is, i’m unable to feel any play.
I did consider going from the top, What i like about this though, is that there are no sideway ( rod next to the router ) forces from the steel turning rod maybe intervering with the runners. And the runners decide where the router goes. This is possible by some play underneath the router where the rod is bolted on, and i dont have to fixate the router. You can turn it up or down and the router stays there.
Only downside is you need to duck down :) Dutchy bij axminster uk!

-- -Thomas -

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DocSavage45

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#9 posted 03-15-2013 08:16 AM

When you’re young it’s not a problem? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Tag84

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#10 posted 03-15-2013 12:50 PM

I’m aging quikly doc from all this height adjustements :D

-- -Thomas -

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DocSavage45

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#11 posted 03-15-2013 04:32 PM

I’m already there! LOL! Design a lift that ompares with the commercial ones, put it on sketchup and you can sell the plans?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Tag84

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#12 posted 03-15-2013 11:11 PM

That’s a good idea, im not a real engineer though. I like it but to much calculating and computer work for me.
Do you work with ketchup Thomas?

-- -Thomas -

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DocSavage45

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#13 posted 03-15-2013 11:24 PM

Design it, build it, then put numbers and drawing together. then you can put in numbers?

Sketchup, not ketchup….LOL!

The newest version is a free download. It’s user friendly.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Tag84

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#14 posted 03-16-2013 12:21 PM

Andrius uses it alot doc, it seems really user friendly too indeed, i might give it a shot :)

-- -Thomas -

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#15 posted 03-16-2013 03:13 PM

You two are very talented. Just pretend your figuring out a new project. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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