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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 12:18 PM
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Option 2:

Grab a 3/16 socket (from a cheap set, or individually from the web). Epoxy it to the stub on the router base. Grab a window crank like the one below and you're good to go.


Grab a piece of 1/4 inch square stock for a couple of bucks at Lowes. Get a cheap plastic crank handle from Amazon. Epoxy one end of the square stock into the handle, and epoxy a wood donut on the square stock to act as a bearing on the router plate.
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-04-2019, 07:22 AM
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You could make a replacement with a long allen wrench or look into the Router Raizer and maybe one of theirs would work, check out the website below., As far as not using a lift, I would challenge anyone to adjust their router accurately and quickly without a lift. The lift isn't about changing bits, it's about adjusting to a 64th of an inch when doing something like rail and stiles. This is why making one out of something like a car jack is a waste of time.

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My Jessem lift uses a hex rod on a crank handle similar to the old car window cranks. It took forever to raise it for bit changes. So, I got a length of that hex rod and inserted it in a B&D 12 volt drill. Much faster now.

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Make the handle yourself with a bit of scrap. A 6 inch long strip with a knob on one end, two holes on the other. Drill two matching holes in the knob and put in a couple of small nuts with locknuts or locktite. Drill a hole on the small end and use two lock nuts or epoxy to anchor the crank handle bolt and let the small handle spin free

Or find an aluminum crank handle and drill mounting holes in it and the star knob. Look up crank handles online for ideas. All kinds of crank handles shown in my search. You just need to lock the crank on the shaft you have. Of course, you could cut the star knob off and attach a crank handle directly to it. A little drilling, routh up the surface, mix epoxy and it's done.

I have a Triton TRA001 in the table with the built in lift. Very nice.
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Thanks for all the good suggestions. The attached photo shows what I implemented. The body of the crank was made from a piece of scrap oak. I initially tried Poplar and then Cherry but they were too soft. The Porter Cable metal rod is 3/8" OD but there were two opposing flats. The silver headed wood screw mates with the flat; there is a 2nd similar screw on the opposite side of the rod. The torque required to clamp the router at the desired depth was substantial. I cut a slot with the bandsaw and this is shown in the lower right hand corner of the picture; the black screw closes this gap. Due to an improper adjustment of the torque required to close the clamp, the hex hole on the clamp got stripped and am waiting on a replacement clamp. The black handle was purchased from Amazon. Once the router clamp arrives, I think I will be in business.
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Why not make your own?
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