Add a side crank to my old router lift

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Forum topic by Rob Vicelli posted 01-10-2012 11:19 PM 2814 views 2 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rob Vicelli

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01-10-2012 11:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router lift sidewinder router table

So as I progress in this winter’s project of fixing up the garage shop and dialing in my tools, I find that I really want to purchase a woodpeckers Sidewinder router lift. It seems that my adjustment hole is always covered or the crank hits my digital gauge I use for setting the height of the bits. Since the router lift cut out in my table is smaller and I don’t want to spend that much money for a new lift, I developed my own homemade side crank.
It was made from a right angle drill attachment, a socket and 1 threaded coupler. The socket was attached to the 90’ drill adaptor so that it would accept the 5/16 hex shaft from the table height adjuster, this will aim forward.
The other end I used a 3/8 threaded coupler that I drill and roll pined to the 90” adaptor, this then threaded onto the main adjusting shaft of my Rockler fx router lift. Once it screwed on about 3/8 of an inch I drill and rolled pinned it together.
A little rough looking but works like a charm. Here are some pictures

-- Rob V

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 01:48 AM

You will really like the crank on the side, my Jessem lifts have the same side crank setup, works great!

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

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 04:17 AM

I saw a picture of one in the latest Woodcraft…..Looks really nice

-- Rob V

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 04:02 AM

Good job! I used that same right angle drill drive to move my tablesaw tilt handwheel from the side to the front.
That should be a great modification!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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