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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 03-27-2012, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Default How does one nominally change or adjust bit in table?

Iím wondering if I may be making a mistake by using my Craftsman 2hp 315.275000 router with my new MLCS router table. There are major problems with the height adjustment on this router and I will most likely have to pull the router and plate out of the table each time I make an adjustment or change bits.

Is this how itís normally done? I donít have the router mounted yet so I donít know how hard this task is going to be. There is no way I can get down on my hands and knees to do anything like this under the table.

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Many fixed base routers have an adjustment mechanism built in that you can access if it is mounted in a table.

For example, my Ryobi router (the least expensive one at Home Depot) has a fairly easy way to adjust it while mounted in a table.

To adjust it, you reach under the table and loosen the clamp. then you crank the knob with a long handled t-wrench to set the height. then you reach under again and close the clamp again. You can see the adjustment mechanism on the left below. There is a hole in the plate that lets you reach the adjuster with a wrench.

I would be surprised if the Craftsman didn't have something similar. This Ryobi one was only $59.

Even so, I didn't want to deal with reaching under the table all the time, and I didn't want to spend the money for a commercially available lift, so I made my own lift. It was not very hard to do, and I am a novice. Now I don't need to reach under the table at all.
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Thanks Chris, I just hate to buy another router since I have 5 of them. Only two are ĹĒ and none of them have an easy way of adjustment.
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then maybe something like this might be in order ...

http://www.routerforums.com/project-...ter-table.html

just a thought ...
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Added a router lift to my table years ago. Fabulous tool. Micro adjust from above.
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I understand your reluctance to buy another router. The newer routers often include a mechanism to raise/lower the cut (my Triton uses a tool thru an additional hole in the plate to dial the height). Many add a lift, but that can be pricey too. The main reason I bought the newest router was to make height setting easier, more precise.

Some here have built a lift. Our home projects sometimes approach purchase price.

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then maybe something like this might be in order ...

http://www.routerforums.com/project-...ter-table.html

just a thought ...
Thanks Chris, I was planning on doing just that but the router has the switch in the handle. I guess I could remove the base from the handle and have the handle dangling below.

I canít remember how long Iíve had this Craftsman router, but itís only been used 4 or 5 times because pf the adjust problems and Iím just too stubborn to get rid of it just yet
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I understand your reluctance to buy another router. The newer routers often include a mechanism to raise/lower the cut (my Triton uses a tool thru an additional hole in the plate to dial the height). Many add a lift, but that can be pricey too. The main reason I bought the newest router was to make height setting easier, more precise.

Some here have built a lift. Our home projects sometimes approach purchase price.
Thanks Steve, I saw a router table on YouTube with a router adjustment like you mention and it was great, I just have to wait awhile before buying another router because the wife will kill me. I just spent a $1000 on tools and now every time a package arrives, sheís right on it asking whatís this.
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Does Your table top move up. or do You have to reach through into the router? Can You lift up the router and plate? If You can, it will help You to set measurements by lifting the router and plate out of the table. You now can move the router easier, and measure the router by laying the project on the plate, and moving the the router to the desired measurment. Set the router back in place on the table, and making Your cut! I would say that if You can not, then a new router with the adjustment built in mat be in order! Hope this helps.

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Ok, time for a reality check. The reason mounting plates were invented was so you could easily pop the router out of your table to make adjustments and bit changes. Mounting plates work great for this. Magazines tell you the "Ultimate" router table has an expensive lift, T tracks, micro adjusters and precision "unobtainium" fence.
Bob and Rick teach us to "Keep it simple." If you need to micro adjust your woods thickness by a thousandth of an inch just breath on it. Router lifts do not improve accuracy; If you want to spend a lot of time cranking a handle a lift is the perfect item. I prefer spending less time on set ups and my money on router bits.

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