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Hello everyone! First post here and am excited to be getting started on my next chapter of woodworking, a router table! I have had a Dewalt 618 2.5hp for a couple years and have used it on a few projects. I figured it's time to finally get a table to go to the next level. I have a Kreg top and fence and am thinking of building a regular stand with multiple drawers and an enclosure. However, I don't have a lift and saw a couple pictures of people putting a hinge on their table to access. Have any of you done this and added gas springs? I've been researching and know that the top, fence, and router all will weigh 53lbs and want to get the right springs. Any ideas or tips would be greatly appreciated.
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Welcome to the forum Chad - I'm sure the experts will be along shortly, but in the meantime, I've seen the hinges on the table tops as well, but have you considered just lifting the plate/router out to do your adjustments instead rather than lifting the top?
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Thanks for the welcome Vince! I did think of that but thought a hinge would just be easier? Definitely open to what others think! I don't have the funds right now to do a router lift.
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I'm siding with Vince on this, I built a slightly modified version of the old "Ultimate router table" also pretty close to the one Norm Abrams built. The beauty of said build is you can pull the router/plate for changes if you lack a lift and quickly and easily remove the table top to cart to job sites. I eventually chose a lift because I couldn't find the company that sold the items to crank the router up for in table height adjustments. The Benchdog lift I bought is solid, accurate and reliable, however, people are gravitating toward the motorized lifts, (home made and factory built) for even more versatility.

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The table top plus router will be pretty heavy so you are right that some sort of support is needed for what you want to do. I'm not sure you will get as much benefit as you think you might, though. My first table didn't have a lift and just lived with pulling the plate and router out though I was able to do bit change with the router in the table.

All that stooping and fussing got old. I highly recommend saving up for a lift. When I got mine (Mast-R-Lift II) and was able to do above table bit changes and height adjust, my router table became much much easier to use and I used a LOT more.
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I would go with Vince for now and do the lift later. My first table was a Craftsman that set on top of the bench and had a fixed base that was bolted to the table. I upgraded to a Rockler with a lift out plate and it was good. I liked that. Then I went to the Jessem router lift with the crank on the side to raise and lower the motor, liked that even better. Also have a MCLS cast iron top with a sliding table and it has the tip up top with gas cylinders. I did not like the hinged top so installed a Bosch router with a fixed base and drilled a hole thru the top to raise and lower it with a "T" handled hex key .

One problem with the tip-up top is that everything has to be cleared off the top to raise the top, and I was not able to find really any advantage over the lift out method.

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Thanks for the welcome Vince! I did think of that but thought a hinge would just be easier? Definitely open to what others think! I don't have the funds right now to do a router lift.
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Thanks everyone for your input. While in my mind I still see the grand vision of a lift top, I'll take the advice and keep it simple! I'll post some photos of my progress but I'm sure it'll be a few weeks to finish since I have lots of weekend plans already.
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Hi Chad, welcome to the forum.

I have a "heavy" Triton router and have no issue with just the lifting out the plate when required. [not that often,as it has a 'built in' lift ]...

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