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Old 03-15-2005, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know where to find plans, printed or on the web, for building your own router lift? I did a quick search her and did not find anything.

I just builty a new table and would like to take a crack at building one of these. I know I have seen them in past magazines however, like everything else, when I need it I can't find it or the ones I find are specific to another homemade table.

I would assume it would be more or less niversal, however I am using a Bosch 1617.

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Old 03-16-2005, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is your router deciated to the table? If so I may be able to help!
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Is your router deciated to the table? If so I may be able to help!
Mine will be dedicated to the table and I would like to hear what you have to offer.

I am in the design process of a router station at this time and hope to start construction within the next 2 weeks.
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Baloo, I think you will find that the 1617 is so easy to adjust that there is really no reason for a lift. I have installed 1617's in several tables and have yet to find one that was difficult to work with. If your table top is on an enclosed cabinet you might consider hinging the top to swing up and be supported by a prop rod.
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Baloo, I think you will find that the 1617 is so easy to adjust that there is really no reason for a lift. I have installed 1617's in several tables and have yet to find one that was difficult to work with. If your table top is on an enclosed cabinet you might consider hinging the top to swing up and be supported by a prop rod.
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Would this work using a router plate as well?
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Is your router deciated to the table? If so I may be able to help!
I would like to say yes, however I know that will not be the case about 20% of the time (maybe less). The plate I am using, which is dictated by the top, is an 11 X 14.
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Baloo, I think you will find that the 1617 is so easy to adjust that there is really no reason for a lift. I have installed 1617's in several tables and have yet to find one that was difficult to work with. If your table top is on an enclosed cabinet you might consider hinging the top to swing up and be supported by a prop rod.
I agree. I was looking for possibly a simpler way for those "minor" adjustments. I am pretty certain that the top being hinged won't work because of the aformentioned size of my plate, however there is a door in the fron of the cabinet I am building.
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Bob, I can't see why any plate would have a problem. The hinged lid is not supposed to go 90 degrees, just lift a foot or so to allow access for bit changes or adjustments when you have your router directly mounted to the top. The entire reason for the mounting plate is to eliminate all that grief. The plate pops out in a heartbeat, goes back in just as fast. You can't get any easier than that.
Baloo, if you make your height adjustments like I do, you will be at eye level with the bit. Your arm is in perfect position to reach forward and twist the adjuster while the other hand is on your wood or set up bar.
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Bob, I can't see why any plate would have a problem. The hinged lid is not supposed to go 90 degrees, just lift a foot or so to allow access for bit changes or adjustments when you have your router directly mounted to the top. The entire reason for the mounting plate is to eliminate all that grief. The plate pops out in a heartbeat, goes back in just as fast. You can't get any easier than that.
Baloo, if you make your height adjustments like I do, you will be at eye level with the bit. Your arm is in perfect position to reach forward and twist the adjuster while the other hand is on your wood or set up bar.

Thanks Mike, I have been debating on this and I believe I will plan on the hinge top based on what I have learned.
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I installed a router raiser that CMT offers. This thing is great. I can do all my adjustments from the top of the table. The kit comes with every thing needed to install it on almost every router on the market. It is a little steep at around $90. Even if I did not have the whole CMT set up I would use it anyway.
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