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Hello all, I am new here to this forum and enjoy reading all the information here.
I am getting the Incra LS super system.. positioned and fence. I currently have the Jessem Master lift II in the phenolic Jessem table. I am considering building a new table and wonder if my lift will work in a home made top. I am thinking of getting some solid surface counter top and trying to make the opening. I can't seem to find anything on a lift base template so Im assuming you have to just make one?
Or should I just buy the Incra or Woodpecker top and mount it on my cabinet. D
Does anyone know if the Jessem lift will work in either of these table tops.
A lot of questions, hope you will forgive the length of this post, but I hate to keep spending lots and then having to change it out again.
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Hi Randy, welcome to the forum.

The lift should work in a home made top as long as the dimensions for the plate cut out are the same.

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Randy, your lift is just a mounting plate. There are several posts on the forums about how to install them. It can be installed in any table, just flip it upside down where you want to mount it and position 4 pieces of wood or other material so it is enclosed. Fasten them down with double sided tape and you have your template. Look at this VariJig and you will understand what is needed.
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Randy, I'm not sure what you mean by
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solid surface counter top
but if it's a chipboard/particle board under some laminate then I'd be less inclined to go that route. If it's a MDF substrate then it's fine. Why I'd be cautious is that the raw particle board will not be stable after cutting a rebate for the router plate. Initially it will be obviously but over time all that weight of a router pulling down will cause it to fail.

However you mentioned just getting a new top from INCRA? Well it's your lucky day as yesterday they announced special pricing on the router tops.

You can get the 27*43" off center top for just $209. It comes with a plate and miter slot.

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Hilton, solid surface materials are like Corian.

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Thanks Mike. Had to look it up but it sure looks like nice stuff.
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Randy:
You'll really enjoy the Incra system - I've used the TS-LS (Table Saw/Router Table with Wonderfence) for many years, and recently built a standalone RT, with the Incra LS-17 Positioner. It may take you a month or two to feel comfortable with the Incra & Wonderfence - lots of things to screw-down, align, and dust collection is different than standard fences. However, it is worth the journey, and the high purchase price. If I can help on any of the details, please let me know directly.
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MJCD,
I appreciate the reply, I am unable to send a PM to you as I don't have enough post yet.
I would like to email questions. Can you send me an email??
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Randy:

Certainly, glad to help in any way - [email protected]
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