Router table insert / lift, unable to find one 7 1/2 x 12

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Forum topic by Letorix posted 09-12-2011 09:05 PM 1378 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-12-2011 09:05 PM

I bought what I believe is a cast iron router top for $60, however the cut out size is 7 1/2” x 12”, I’m having a hard time finding a lift system of that dimension.

Anyone know of a system for this dimension?

Am I to buy a standard system and make a new top?


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#1 posted 09-12-2011 09:28 PM

that does sound like a non-standard (if there was a standard) size. my suggestion is contact one of the lift mfg. if this is what you want and inquire about custom size plates for the lifts. I am pretty sure they can accommodate that if you want to keep that top.

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 01:43 AM

Well custom made by manufacturer sounds expensive. I was hoping to luck out for a standard size I could search ebay and craigslist for.

Here’s a few pics of it. Has to be worth $60 :-)

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#3 posted 09-13-2011 02:25 AM

With all the problems finding an odball sized router lift now and in the future if you decide to upgrade to a different lift it might just be in your best interest to get rid of that table and get one that accepts standard lifts.. It is not easy to waste $60 but in the long run it might be worth it especially with all the standard sized lifts available with so many great features.

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#4 posted 09-13-2011 02:27 AM

I wont say I have the answer but here is how I would approach it: Look for a glass company that will cut some plexiglass to the appropriate size along with trimming a hole in the center the correct depth for whatever insert rings you want to use. Maybe tap and drill for a starting pin. I would thinkt that you could modify accordingly to mount a lift if you wanted. If you decide against going forward feel free to PM me for my address so you can ship it.
Great find. Actually looks to be an extension wing for a TS

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#5 posted 09-13-2011 12:53 PM

Pretty much can only echo what has already been said, but you could skip the lift, go with a plate and a router that has the built in above-the-table adjusting mechanism. Or, but the lift of your choice, and cut it down. That actually might not be that hard to do. Aluminum cuts fairly easily, and you would round the corners with a file. Still seems like a lot of work, I’d probably write it off as a loss.

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#6 posted 09-13-2011 03:00 PM

This is one issue that I find particularly troubling. There are at least 3 “standard” sizes of router plate cutouts.

It seems like this is an area where a single standard could be embraced by the industry.

It seems like the Woodpecker/Incra/Kreg standard (9.25×11.75) is the most common size. Rockler and Bench Dog use a plate that is 8.25×11.75. I know there are some 7.5×12s manufactured, but I don’t know by who.

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#7 posted 09-13-2011 03:13 PM

It’s FAR from a loss! Follow these few simple steps, and you will have your lift for just a small cash outlay when compared to a full custom plate from a lift manufacturer!

Go to this link:

They will sell you the aluminum plate in the exact thickness, and cut to the exact size you need. You will just need to round the corners yourself.

Now, take the plate to a machine shop and have them mill the hole in the center for the removable inserts, and also drill the mounting holes for the lift if you wish.

OR, the other option, is to go with a Triton router, which all have lift mechanisms built into the router. In this case you will only need them to mill the center hole and recess for the bit plates and you can mount the router.

WoodHaven also offers custom machining options, and can likely sell you their lift with a custom size plate, and I can’t see it bumping the price up too much.

And as one last option, WoodCraft sells acrylic plates you can cut yourself and simply mount your router to or go with the Triton and use it’s built in lift.

You won’t find an option that isn’t going to cost money, but when you look at the cost of replacing the table you found, which is an awesome deal by the way, it’s going to save you money. A new router table from a manufacturer is going to be at least $120, and a good model will be $200 and up. There are a few out there that can be had pretty reasonable, but it’s still not going to give you a lift, which is going to add more to the cost.

So look at it like this: You bought the table for $60, now if you buy another table top that’s going to be apprx. $200 for a comparable model, now add a lift at $250 and you’re at $510 anyway.

Now, take your $60 table, add apprx. $300 for a lift from WoodHaven with a custom plate (WoodHaven’s plates are 11-3/4” X 9-1/4” to start, so it’s not going to be hard for them to make it 12” x 7-1/2”) and you will have a table and lift for $360.

Keep the table and make it work! Cast iron tables are not cheap and are nice to have, work with it.


-- Kenny

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#8 posted 09-13-2011 04:23 PM

Thanks guys, I think the Triton router and making a plate is the quickest cheapest solution for now.

I’m going to continue to search for one since Rich believes there is one. If I can find a good deal on one that can be modified, then I may take it and modify per Vision’s recommendations.

I’m pretty sure it was for a table saw add on. I already have one built in my TS, I’d like another one on its own.

I’m a craigslist tool junky, I’ve bought almost all my tools that way.

I thought the $60 was a screaming buy too, even though the cut out is 7 1/2×12 and no slots for the fence.

If the name of a manufacturer comes to mind ping me.

Thanks again!

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#9 posted 09-13-2011 09:13 PM

Does the table have manufacturer name on it? Do yyou know what brand saw it may have came with?

-- mrg

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#10 posted 09-14-2011 04:38 AM

No I looked all over for such.

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