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I don't have a lot of room in my shop, so I am building and mounting my router table into a drawer of my workbench. My problem is I would like to buy a spring-actuated mechanism to raise the table about 12" from the drawer bottom, but have not been able to find such a mechanism. Even if I could only find a picture of one, maybe I could build it or have it fabricated.

Any ideas on where I might find such a mechanism would be greatly appreciated?
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See the following for a swing up appliance mechanism. It may or may not be strong enough for a router table.

Under Drawer Swing Up Appliance Mechanism - Rockler Woodworking Tools

I think I have also seen this type of mechanism used for a swing up cutting board which was fairly heavy.

Here is another alternative. A spring loaded coffee table raising mechanism. It could be installed on top of a pull out drawer and raised after opening the drawer.

Pop Up Table Mechanism - Rockler Woodworking Tools
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I found an old business deck at a sale a few years back, and it was used for typewriter. If you check with a business supplier like Staplers or one of those, they may have some information. Also, some kitchen suppliers have mechanisms for shelf that are low. They are spring loaded much as the old desk i had. So just a few places that i have seen information. If money is a problem as it is for many of those who have no job, the old desk can be bought at an auction at a good price. I just took a look at the Staples unit, and it is much like the one i had. If the strength of the unit looks good, You can replace the springs also.

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Kitchen suppliers have them for Kenwood Chefs and the like. Great bit of kit.
How about HD slide out drawer runners?
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Thanks everyone for your help. I think I will build a small wood model of this, then look for a metal shop to fab it up for me.
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I was thinking about a sewing machine lift but they want a fortune for them. But, you might be able to think something up from the picture.

Sewing Machine Lift - Lee Valley Tools
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Thanks everyone for your help. I think I will build a small wood model of this, then look for a metal shop to fab it up for me.
Hi Royce - Here is a link for an appliance lift. I don't think it is heavy duty enough for a router table but there is something of a drawing here.
Appliance Lift w/ Optional Maple Block and Wire Basket from KV Real Solutions | Kitchensource.com

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Thanks John & Lynda. I have decided that my idea of making this spring-actuated makes it too complicated and too unstable. So I am going to just support it on two swing arms on each side with locking pins.

Thanks for everyone's suggestions.
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