|Forum topic by Bertha||posted 12-22-2011 05:50 PM||2114 views||1 time favorited||21 replies|
12-22-2011 05:50 PM
This isn’t a terribly exciting project but I figured I’d share it in the hopes that someone down the line will benefit from it. I’ve got the big 3+hp Triton loaded into a BenchDog extension. I’ve removed the plunge spring and drilled a hole in my router plate for over-the-table height adjustment. I wanted to add a digital height meter to save me some headache. I purchased this one for very little money:
For less than $30, I expected some major fitting and probably some bracketry manufacture. After many hours of trying to figure a way not to tap/thread anything (and to keep everything away from the controls), I managed to find a way. It’ll require drilling a few included brackets and bending one. You’ll need a washer or two. Note that this will make it very difficult to remove the router, but most seem to dedicate this cheapish (but powerful) router to table duties.
Here’s the upper bracket:
I definitely didn’t want to drill the table, so I used an existing mounting screw after increasing the hole diameter on the supplied bracket.
Here’s the lower bracket:
I had to increase the diameter on the bracket mounting hole and bend it in the vise until it registered well with the knob screw. If you remove the outer half of the knob, there are a series of screws you could use, but this seemed easiest.
So does it work? Yes. It’s a very easy device to use. Simply zero the bit, choose metric or inches, and you’re ready to go.
Here’s a shot with the bit advanced. This bit just happened to be in there, sorry, lol.
My fiance beat me up about the units being “negative”. I guess it depends upon whether you’re the board or the user;) You can flip the post or there’s probably a way to reverse it if it bothers you.
The readout has magnets on the back. Put it where you want it.
Like I said, nothing groundbreaking, but I hope it helps someone some day.
-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog