Ideas for Bosch 1611 EVS plunge router table

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Forum topic by mpounders posted 08-11-2010 05:47 PM 7607 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2010 05:47 PM

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I bought this router many years ago, as an upgrade to my small router. It is tremendously powerful and accepts 1/2” bits. I would really like some ideas on converting it for easier use in a router table. I’ve been wanting to build a router liftIt plunges very easy, similar to this but I am trying to figure out what to do about the spring and the plunge lock. The spring is quite strong and works perfectly to counteract the heavy weight when held upright, but is much harder to control when it is upside down! The plunge lock lever I could either use as a locking mechanism or tie it in the open position if necessary. But I am looking for suggestions or examples. I can’t really justify the expense for another router with a different body style, and I am wanting to build something that will be somewhat easy to convert back to manual use.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 03:38 PM

Sorry Mike, I’m at a loss at this one. If I find or come up with anything I’ll pass it along.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 04:11 PM

I did a little research and found a youtube video that demonstrated how to change the bearings. But it also showed how to remove the base, guides, and springs (you remove 2 screws on the bottom of each side and take off the depth screw). Now I have something that can be hose-clamped to the mechanism to raise it up and down. This will allow it to be raised high enough to change bits above the table, and the height adjustment will all be underneath, so it want intefere with fences and jigs. I need to remove my current top and either replace it or fill in the hole I cut for a plate. It needs a rib or two added to flatten it back up some. I am getting pumped up about this! I think I will use my router more if it is always set up and it will not take up any more shop space.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#3 posted 06-13-2012 08:41 PM

I’ve got a 1611evs that is on an horizontal MLCS table top. I’m hoping to do a lot of mitered doors and drawers with this set up but I have the same problem with the plunge spring. Did you ever get it worked out satisfactorily? Which you tube did you see this on? Thanks, Bob.

-- JalapeƱo Bob

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#4 posted 06-13-2012 09:27 PM

I use my 1611 in a router table – pretty much dedicated it to the table. It is a pain but I just use a router “crank” – from Eagle America, I think- to adjust it up and down- laborious and sub optimal but it has worked for me for a long time. It does allow fine adjustments- more of a pain for coarse adjustments because of the fine threading.

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#5 posted 06-14-2012 02:14 PM

Here is what I eventually did with mine. I removed the plunge base and springs and dedicated it to the homemade lift and table extension. It is fast and works great. I have used it a lot since making this. I saved all the pieces and parts so that I can reassemble it, but I suspect I never will have the desire.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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