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ohtimberwolf

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903 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: router lift router cheap home made

Well, here is my cheapy fix to raise and lower my router. I know it isn’t great but it works and I can fine tune it if I have to. I took one handle off so I could lift the insert and router out of the hole without a problem. Then I replaced the part that raises and lowers the router with a hex head bolt.

I took an old reversible drill I had laying around and built a holder for it to keep it stationary and in an upright position. I ran the cord through the box to a switched receptacle for power. To go up you push the button on the drill to the right and to the left to go down. The drill is holding a cut off extension with a deep socket that the hex head bolt, that raises or lowers the router, fits into to do the work. I just run the thing up to nearly where I want it and hand turn the socket to fine tune it if necessary. A switch could be rigged to run the drill forward or backwards from outside the box to make it even easier but I didn’t think it was worth the extra effort at this time. I wanted something NOW and it can be improved on later.

When you lift the router up out of the table the hex head bolt just lifts out of the deep socket and it goes back in when you return the router. If this helps someone else that is nice. If not, well I tried. larry

-- Used to be a barn cat, now a lap cat...


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Dallas

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#1 posted 903 days ago

Cool Beans! Now I have to figure out how to build one that will work on my router!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 903 days ago

Very creative idea. good job.

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ohtimberwolf

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#3 posted 903 days ago

Thanks guys, I was sort of afraid it might only draw criticism. For what it is worth, you make me feel better.

-- Used to be a barn cat, now a lap cat...

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#4 posted 903 days ago

That’s a good idea. You can pick up old drills for 10 or 15 bucks at the pawn shop. You actually just gave me an idea for driving a lead screw on a project of mine. That’s a lot faster than a ratchet. Marking the up and down is nice, too. I’d forget which was which. And don’t worry, they only make fun of you for your politics here.

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ohtimberwolf

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#5 posted 903 days ago

Good idea Chipmunk, wish I had thought of that as I have one of those.

-- Used to be a barn cat, now a lap cat...

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ohtimberwolf

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#6 posted 903 days ago

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!! DANGER…DANGER…DANGER

BE SURE TO USE A VARIABLE SPEED DRILL FOR THIS RIG AND RUN IT SLOW.


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#7 posted 903 days ago

I like that.

Wonder if I could do that for my drill press table.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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ohtimberwolf

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#8 posted 901 days ago

Hey guys, be sure to post your impovements and pictures when your done. Please put in the tags Home Made so we can find them as they progress. I love to see the new ideas. larry

-- Used to be a barn cat, now a lap cat...

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