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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-17-2012, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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You folks are the people who would most understand that I am excited about this project, so I thought I would document it and get your thoughts on some of the aspects of it ...

the holder for the router ...









it will slide on 4 tracks. that should keep it firmly in place ...










here it is mocked up on the table top into which it is going



A pretty getto insert huh?
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Good Morning Chris, I read anything I can about router tables. I need to build one myself. LOL, I really like your shim stock, looks to be a yard stick. Good idea. They used to be give away many years ago as a advertisement, now you have to buy them, So much for freebe goodies.
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Yep, that is exactly what it is. At 61 cents apiece and 1/4" by 1 1/2", the Home Depot yardsticks are a good option for cheap people like myself. The insert plate is made out of them too, as are some of the little drawers I store stuff in. I could have also used them for the runners on the sides of the holder (the part that rides in the track), but I decided to go with poplar for that because it is a harder wood.

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Might need to "swiss cheese" the containment box or reduce the amount of enclosure around the motor to allow for ventilation and dust mitigation. Think in terms of cooling and the additional collection of dust packing around the motor when in use.

Very imaginative, keep 'er going.
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I've found this router lift on the net, only a car jack that push the router in is own housing up and down.
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Good point Tom, I will do that.

On this router (a Ryobi R163K), there is a vent on the bottom, which I was thinking I should not block, so I designed the holder to be able to hold it off the floor. But I will also put a hole in the bottom for added circulation.

Up till now, I have been ignoring the whole dust collection question, I guess it's time to start worrying about that ...

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I am designing this to be a drop in surface for my workbench. The workbench is 24x48, and I have it setup to be able to replace either half of the surface with a different surface. So long as the sides are both 3/4" thick, it will be flush.

What is a typical size for a router table, and is 24x48 large enough for most projects?
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Normand that is a neat idea, and I was considering a car jack too, but I want to be able to raise and lower it from the top, so I have decided to go with a 3/8-16 bolt on the back of the holder. And since it is 16 threads per inch, one time around is 1/16", so it should be easy to control the incremental distances.

Plus, I didn't have an extra jack in the garage, and 95% of the parts for this contraption came from rummaging through the clutter scattered throughout the garage.

This is all part of a larger project to finally organize the garage and workshop area.
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I've used a bottle jack for some time now, works fine for me and you don't have to take the router apart. But i would like to build one that will adjust from the top.

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Here is a video of the lift in action:

Home built router table 1 - YouTube

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