|Forum topic by Mork||posted 10-09-2016 04:56 PM||2524 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
10-09-2016 04:56 PM
After years of frustration with my router lift I stumbled upon a post on lumberjocks featuring a lift top router table. I wish I could remember who made this post because he inspired me to innovate!
My old lift was a Jet Exacta lift which sat in the table extension on my Jet table saw. This in itself was part of the frustration. Having to remove the router table fence and lower the bit to use my table saw was a pain although certainly not any fault of the lift itself. A few minor problems I had with the lift were that vibration sometimes changed the height setting, the fence was wimpy and occasionally dust would interfere with the belt drive height adjustment making it impossible to change the setting… These were all minor annoyances but the biggest annoyance was – “Changing Bits!”.
Call me old or call me lazy, but having to remove the router to change the bit was a real pain!
This lead me to consider the design I saw on the lumberjock post. So now, how do I build a lift for the router? Honestly the lift in the post I saw worked well but was it was all wood and in my opinion prone to problems. I scoured the internet for a commercial lift that mounted in the cabinet but came up with NOTHING! Nobody makes a cabinet mount router lift!
So about a year ago I made a table with some industrial surplus parts complete with high dollar linear slides (the is posted in my project). I paid nothing for the slides but I suspect they probably cost significantly more then most router lifts. AND WOW….. IT WORKED FANTASTIC! In my opinion, this it the ONLY way to go.
After receiving several requests for slides and plans for this table I realized there was a demand for a “Cabinet Mount Router Lift” and set out to design an affordable cabinet mount lift.
I posted this router lift in the product review area on Lumberjocks but as several pointed out, this was not the correct area for this post. Rick M. suggested this Trade and Swap forum was a better place to post (Thanks Rick!)
So here it is. First up is the router table build video and then a video highlighting the lift itself.
Here’s a link to my ebay store. The lift is priced about as low as I can get it. I made 20 lifts to test market so this is still not a Rockler or Exacta mass produced item nor is it made in China. It is however a well made solid lift that will “Mount in a Cabinet” as opposed to the table top. If these sell well I’ll make more. Even with these small quantities the price of this lift is in line with many mass produced lifts on the market. Please note, the lift also comes with FREE PDF plans.
Thanks for looking! Mark (Winky/Mork)