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Forum topic by psient posted 08-07-2015 12:07 PM 895 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2015 12:07 PM

Hello all:

I have been designing a table for my router. The router is a Milwaukee 5625. The lift will be Jessem’s Mast r lift II. I need the table for bits that can only be used in a table mounted router (i.e., drawer lock joint).

In researching table designs, I found a you tube video with a fellow using a power window motor. Since the motor is made to work a heavy load in short bursts the application seemed safe and appropriate. Has anyone designed and built their own motorization of actuating their router while mounted in a commercially available lift?

Specifically, how does one go about engineering the motorization electronics and sizing the transformer? The mechanical linkage shouldn’t be a problem as I have a garage machine shop; Bridgeport Mill and a 13X40 engine lathe, and lots of tooling. The gent in the video used a universal-joint/swivel socket adapter to solve the motor-to-lift shaft placement/alignment problem.

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#1 posted 08-07-2015 04:47 PM

Use a reversible electric screwdriver, all the hex drive stuff is already built in all you have to do is rig a remote extension of the switch …

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#2 posted 08-08-2015 12:23 AM

The guy on Eagle Lake ww’ing has something about a homemade power lift.

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#3 posted 08-08-2015 02:13 AM

I use a hex key in a drill works great.

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#4 posted 08-08-2015 11:01 AM

I also use an battery driver. However, I use the hand crank for final adjustments. Sometimes a few thousandths makes a difference and hard to get with a power driver.

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#5 posted 08-08-2015 04:55 PM

when it comes time to tackle my router cabinet, I’ll go the simple route of raising and lowering the router quickly and accurately. Quick Action Lever Router Lift

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