I built Shop notes router lift
After years of thinking about it I finally built and installed Shop Notes issue 121 router lift. I had a PC 690 mounted in a Bosch router table. This seemed to be a good application of the lift.
I deviated a little from the design (as usual). The plans call for 3/4" - 16 threaded rod. I used 5/8" 13 because thats what the big box store stocked. I think the plans spec'd the 3/4" rod because one revolution = 1/16th and the bigger rod would allow a large "nut" to be filed on top. (I used a dremel cut off wheel and finished with a file) Also I cut the yoke according to plan installed the router and scribed the router to it.After cutting the scribe, I installed some self-adhesive neoprene on the inside of the yoke. I did this because 1) a post wondered if the router would slip because of vibration and 2) I can't leave well enough alone. However the design seems to have enough friction that it hasn't been an issue yet.
The lift was easy to mount to the plate. The insert hole was a little larger than the router so I was able to center the router using playing cards as shims. I used a 1/2" centering stud to check for square and amazingly it was without any shimming.
Learning is an exciting adventure