Router table refurb- Woodpeckers Unilift
I'm in the process of refurbishing my router table. My old table didn't allow me to change bits without removing the router from the plate which was a royal pain (put support fixture under router, remove 4 screws from plate, remove router from under table and replace bit, then reverse the whole procedure to reinstall), very sloooow, so slow it made me want to just not use it. So, I decided to make some changes.
I bought a Woodpeckers Unilift because I liked the design, it seemed very sturdy and quite precise. It was also the only lift Woodpeckers made that would accomodate the particular PC router I have. I also bought an extreme extension so I could change bits above the table and a set of rings for the Unilift. I was going to install it in my old Rockler table top, but recently Woodpeckers had table tops on sale, so I bought a new table top too.
Tonight I mounted the table top to my old Rockler base, installed the router into the Unilift, mounted the Unilift into the table and leveled everything up. I also wired up a switch/outlet box combo so I can switch it on and off without having to fool around with the switch on the router. My next step is to install the daisy pin router guide I bought awhile ago and then I'm going to enclose the base of my table so I can collect all the dust that's generated, mount the switch and I'll be back in business.
So far I'm very impressed with the Unilift. It is obviously a high quality unit, machined from solid aluminum with steel guideposts and steel screws on the raising mechanism, all finished to a very high degree and all very heavy duty. The one disadvantage is that it is not a quick operation to put the router in and out of the Unilift. if a person had only one router and had to move it around, they should look at some other lift. But, for the person who is going to install the router into the Unilift and leave it in place, it is a very fine unit.
The Woodpeckers table is made from MDF and is ~1/2" thicker than my old Rockler table. However, the Rockler table had plastic on both the top and bottom while the new table only has it on top. Time will tell if that will cause any problems. The table came predrilled with four countersunk mounting holes, so it was a simple matter to attach it to my old base using 4 carriage bolts. I put a sraight edge across it and didn't see any gaps, so I think it came from the factory quite flat.
So far I'm quite satisfied with everything I purchased from Woodpeckers. It all fits without having to force anything and seems to be very high quality. The instructions could use a little improvement, but I managed to get everything to go together without an inordinate amount of brain sweat.
I'll post again once everything is up and running to give you my impressions of how it works.