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Default Shop made router table and lift

This is just my way to track the progress on the type of project you all have seen probably hundreds of times ... making a router table with a built in lift.

The lift was made a while ago, before I decided to completely re-arrange my shop, so it was sitting in a corner on the original surface:


While moving things around, I came across parts of an old Ikea cabinet, one of which was this shelve. It is 38" x 22" x 3/4". It seemed like the perfect surface for my router table:



So I mounted my shop made lift on it. I installed it such that the bit is centered on the table. It seems like that is where most people place it, so there must be a good reason for putting it in the center.








Right now, it just has a 1" hole where the bit comes up, but that is not adequate for changing the bit. So the next thing is to cut out a place for an insert plate and make an insert plate for it. It needs about 4 1/2" for the bit holder to be accessable, so if I use a square piece of 1x5, it should be just big enough and be really easy to make more insert plates as the need arises.
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