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mike s

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hi
i am in the process of making a router table and im considering making a simple router lift like this:



does anyone use a similar set-up?
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I would think you need a second support for your threaded rod. As it extends I fear it would skew sideways. Just another board 100 - 150mm above or below should be enough. That assuming you are not attaching the rod to the base of the router in a secure manner.

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thanks for the replies
the drawing isn't to scale, the threaded rod would really only be extending about 10cm from the shelf.
i have seen the bottle jack method, but each pump lifts the router quite a substantial amount - no micro adjustment
the scissor jack seems like the best option but the method i have drawn will cost me about £3 opposed to the £10 on machine-mart for the jack
what would be the difference in operation between the method drawn and the scissor jack?
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your method will potentially give finer degrees of lift, the thread on a bit of threaded bar is finer than that on a scissor jack I'll bet

you'd be able to adjust the scissor jack from the front of the router cabinet...might be easier
 

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im a teenager so crawling around on the floor to adjust the depth is no problem for me so thats not an issue :D
i think i will go with the threaded rod method and see how that works out until a better alternative pops up
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mike s":287q4pb8 said:
im a teenager so crawling around on the floor to adjust the depth is no problem for me so thats not an issue :D
i think i will go with the threaded rod method and see how that works out until a better alternative pops up
thanks
for £3 worth of materials, give it a whirl. just make sure that you report back how successful it is!
 

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Let us know how it works out. I'm interested wether you will need to lock the router in a position, how easy it is to wind up/down and how accurate.

Al
 

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Just one caveat - mind you don't close off any ventilation holes in the top (or bottom when it's in the table) of the router.
 

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marcros":1bktlw5u said:
mike s":1bktlw5u said:
im a teenager so crawling around on the floor to adjust the depth is no problem for me so thats not an issue :D
i think i will go with the threaded rod method and see how that works out until a better alternative pops up
thanks
for £3 worth of materials, give it a whirl. just make sure that you report back how successful it is!
will do!


beech1948":1bktlw5u said:
Let us know how it works out. I'm interested wether you will need to lock the router in a position, how easy it is to wind up/down and how accurate.

Al
i will lock the router in position every time, doesnt take long and keeps everything rigid


dickm":1bktlw5u said:
Just one caveat - mind you don't close off any ventilation holes in the top (or bottom when it's in the table) of the router.
i will make a small platform attached to the bottom of the router that separates the router and the rod
as-well as ventilation ports, there is a variable speed nob on the bottom that needs to be accessible


thanks for all the replies!
 

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I too use a scissor jack. It supports a router by the handles (I was concerned about blocking the air-flow, as a previous poster mentioned). The table is fitted to a 'workmate' style bench.
With the large wheel spokes fitted (see pictures) I find you can make quite fine adjustments without bending down too far - useful when you are trying to match the cutter hight to the workpiece on the table. My router has a built-in fine-height adjuster, which functions when the lock is applied; I find I rarely have to use it (the fine-height adjuster, I mean - I always lock the router).
Here are some images.
lift2_smallimage.jpg
lift1_smallimage.jpg


I'm sure your idea can be made to work, but watch out for blocking the air-flow, and stabilizing the screwed rod.
 

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