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Topic tags/keywords: diy router lift router lift woodgears ibuildit stumpy nubs stumpynubs plan online question

I want a router lift, but lack the technical skill to create one of my own that I feel would be as good as ones that people are selling plans for online. Can anyone give me first hand experiences with making these and their performance as well as benefits and drawbacks? I want one that is easy to build, accurate, and reliable. The ones that I’m checking into are: – Tilting router lift – – Router lift – – MicroAdjustable router lift –

Any others out there that you would recommend? I plan to pick one and build it over the next week.


-- -Sam

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#1 posted 625 days ago

I love the one I made from Shop Notes plans. Every time I use my router table, I wonder how I lived with a fixed-base setup. I think it’s most similar to Stumpy Nubs’ design.
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#2 posted 625 days ago

Is there any issue with using one of the ,any routers offered on the ,market that offer above table adjustments included with the bases. We run a friend and a Milwaukee, both have excellent adjustment features for router table use, I believe other router mfg such as Triton include the features with their routers as well. If I am not mistaken, our pc890 has these features as well. With router table adjustment features so readily available for free with many router mfg, I see using an accessory lift option as being unnecessary work and cost.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio,

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#3 posted 625 days ago

I already have a router, but it does not have that feature. Would be nice though… :)

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#4 posted 625 days ago

Send a pm to b2rtch. He built one not long ago using a jack. I am sure he’ll help you.

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#5 posted 625 days ago

+1 on the shop notes plans. I first saw it on woodworking for mere mortals with Steve Ramsey. I was going to build the woodgears one but I wanted the motor enclosed for dust collection and then the crank wheel would be blocked. I like the simplicity of it and it can be adjusted from atop the table

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#6 posted 625 days ago

Does anyone know where I can purchase the plans from?

Edit: found their website,

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#7 posted 625 days ago

Well… That was no help. No plans for a router lift! Anyone know where I can get a copy of the plans?

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#8 posted 625 days ago

Here’s one, by American Woodworker I found a while back. It’s free and has pretty good instructions.

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#9 posted 625 days ago

@ Jerry – the problems with most fixed-base-with-through-table-adjustment routers are:
1) You still have to reach underneath to clamp/unclamp the base
2) Setting the clamp usually moves the router some amount, wrecking any precision set-ups

They’re better than nothing, but I don’t know of any that compare favorably to a lift.

@ MrSam – You might be able to find a back-issue of ShopNotes #121 on eBay.

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#10 posted 621 days ago

When I designed my router lift I chose ball bearing drawer slides instead of the bronze bushings that others use because they run smoother. In my experience building jigs (which is extensive) I have found that bronze bushings tend to bind when used in a linear application. They are intended to be used with the shaft spinning inside them, not sliding up and down. This problem is greatly increased when you try to run more than one either parallel to each other, like in those photo above, or even on the same shaft. It is EXTREMELY difficult to properly align the two so one doesn’t bind the other.

I am not saying my design is best. I am just saying I personally don’t like bronze bushings for sliding mechanisms.

Whatever you choose, you’re going to love having a lift on your router!

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