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Forum topic by scottishrose posted 07-03-2010 07:33 AM 3273 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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scottishrose

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07-03-2010 07:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router table router lift router table plate mounting router to plate router solutions question router

About a year ago I decided that the only way to get a project done is to get a router table. I found a bargain on a Freud benchtop table with fence but when I got it and set it up it came up to my chin when on the workbench which is not a safe way to route. I bought a metal frame and remounted the top on the new frame and thought “now I’m cookin!”
Then I decided I really need a lift for my Porter Cable 31/2 hp router. The only problem is that the plate in my Freud table is 9”x12” and every lift I have found is about 1/4” smaller or less. Does anyone know of an inexpensive lift that will fit the plate on my table? I called Freud to see if they had a solution and all they could come up with is for me to buy one of their self-adjusting routers.
I am on a tight budget and a second router seems redundant to me when I need so many other tools.
If anyone has any suggestions short of needing metal working tools to complete I would appreciate the advice
Thanks
Scottishrose


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ChrisCarr

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#1 posted 07-03-2010 07:44 AM

Your make your own like this one..

http://woodgears.ca/router_lift/index.html

whats nice about that one is you mount it to the table (underneath), not in a plate and you just keep your old plate there.

Or you could buy one and cut (or grind) the plate down to your size. Or if it needs to be bigger just at 1/4 in set screws to the side

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#2 posted 07-03-2010 02:47 PM

My Woodpecker lift has a plate that is 11.75” x 9.25”. I suspect that is what you are looking for.

The bigger problem with lifts is making certain that it will fit your router. Lifts are only made for a limited number of routers. However, I think most PCs are covered.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 07-03-2010 05:33 PM

I have PC routers in the Jessem router lifts, they have worked well for me.

Jessem

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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scottishrose

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#4 posted 07-03-2010 06:13 PM

the 11.75×9.25 or simetimes 8.25 seems to be the industry standard for lifts. I would like not to have to rebuy or remake the tools I have as there are so many I need to do projects I would like. The freud table has a very nice fence with micro adjustment and there is also a mitre guage slot that can also be used for jigs. Looked good when I bought it. It’s always something!

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#5 posted 07-03-2010 07:16 PM

FWIW – - I bought the Freud fence and use it on my Kreg table top. You can buy just the fence and it is not hard to install on another table.

I think it is a spectacular fence because of the independent micro adjustments on each side. You can use this router table and fence as a jointer. I’ve done it and it works will.

My only complaint about the fence is that I usually have to remove it to do a bit change. I think I know how to modify the fence to avoid that problem, but I have not done it yet.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 07-04-2010 05:25 AM

sometimes making what you want is quicker than waiting for what you want.

like i said you could buy a lift with a plate too small and just add set screws to the side, a 1/4 or so gap is nothing to worry when sliding your workpiece.

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#7 posted 07-04-2010 09:11 AM

You’re a woodworker, make a shim/filler strip to fill the gap between the plate and table.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#8 posted 07-04-2010 04:28 PM

KayBee, has the right idea, oops I’ve made dados in the wrong spot or to big plug them or fill them.

If you don’t like the way that would look just build a new top, partical board and laminate would

only cost 30 or 40 bucks, you can reuse the tracks and fence of your exsisting top.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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