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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-25-2014, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hello evertone I am looking for a homemade router lift plan as the manufactured ones are rather expensive any suggestions? Thanks jim
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Welcome to the forum Jim. Never underestimate the power of google.

You may be able to find some references here on the forum by using our search engine and there are some videos on You tube. I've seen a few references to using a vehicle scissor jack for the lifting mechanism.

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Hello Jim, really pleased to see you join the community, welcome to Router Forums!
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Welcome to the forum Jim.

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Welcome aboard. I don't care for router lifts, I prefer just popping my router plate out, then put it back in. Faster, and easier. However, if I did want a router lift, then I would use a car scissor jack.

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G'day Jim. Unfortunately, you do not tell us which router and table you want the lift for.

This makes a big difference.....

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I built one using the plan in Shop Notes magazine, issue 121. It is the same one Steve Ramsey built, although mine is not as pretty as his it works fine. I have a half inch socket on the adjusting screw and use a 1/4" drive speed handle to adjust it. Works fast, makes changing bits much easier than removing the plate and router. I can make a pass give it a quick twist on the adjuster and make another pass until I get to full depth.

This is especially handy if I have the fence, feather boards, etc set up. I do not have to remove and reset everything to move the bit up 1/4 inch.

I have had the snap on speed handle for probably 40+ years and seldom ever used it. I leave it at the table for quick access when needed. I built my lift from all scrap wood and plywood. Probably why it is not as pretty as Baltic birch.
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Hi Jim.There is a very good woodworking site that has plans ,for sale,of a router lift.It's ,Ibuild

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-26-2014, 07:31 PM
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Jim Lee Valley Tools has a Jessem lift for $150 plus free shiping till the end of the month if interested.

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there is some good info here too ...
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