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jockmike2

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2554 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: router raiser scissor jack cheap

If you’re not rich like I am, I can’t afford the top of the line router table with an adjustment for your router built in. An old scissor jack works great. I have a shelf below my boughten router table, Home Depot 100.00 Wolfcraft that I installed myself. I set the scissor jack under the router and with the plunge router unlocked, I can adjust the router up and down as needed and precisely where I want it with a twist of the altered jack handle. Easy and cheap. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -


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Karson

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#1 posted 2554 days ago

Very interesting Mike.

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#2 posted 2554 days ago

I’ve used this for about 3yrs. now, with 2 different plunge routers without a bit of trouble. mike

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woodspar

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#3 posted 2554 days ago

Mike, I have a plunge router and a scissor jack. How do you “interface” the metal jack “head” and the top of the router? Did you use a block of wood, metal, plastic? Did you build a special jig? Is there a picture available?

-- John

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niki

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#4 posted 2554 days ago

Very good idea Mike

I cannot use it because my router table is “crazy” but with your permission, some small advice;

When you “call it a day”, leave the jack in place and lift the router, say, some 3/8” with the plunge lock released.

It will prevent the sagging of the router insert plate or the table top (due to the router weight), I do it already 8 years, no sagging at all.

niki

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jockmike2

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#5 posted 2554 days ago

No Niki I don’t do anything as far as letting off the pressure, but probably should. I do have two other plunge routers so it is dedicated to the router table. Woodspar, because of the air vents in the top of the router I use a wooden plate with four dowels screwed to it to leave a small vent crack for the router. I put some rubber on the tips of the dowels to not mar the router. You could use carpeting or anything to not leave marks on your router. Like I said I’ve used this set up for 3 yrs with no problems with 2 different routers. Nothing happened to the first router I just put in a 3 hp router in place of my first 2 hp. Hope that helps. Any other questions feel free to ask. It works great.Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 2553 days ago

Sounds good Mike. could you show a picture?

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 2553 days ago

I’ll try Dick, I’ve been trying to upload my pictures into photobuckets all at once and just ain’t having ahy luck. Like I said I’ll give it a shot indiviually. mike

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Hawgnutz

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#8 posted 2553 days ago

I am looking forward to seeing your “lift” Mike. I just got a new router table and this sounds just like what I could use!
God Bless,
Hawg

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oscorner

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#9 posted 2553 days ago

Mike have you been sneeking around my shop. I thought I had dibs on using a sissor jack to raise and lower my router. I guess true buddies think alike. ;^)

Woodspar, I use a block of wood to keep the metal jack head from damaging the router.

I usually take my router out of the table when finished and put it and the jack away.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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