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I think this a little different setup from most people.

My goal is a router table that has a lift built into the base of the table, i.e. - not hanging from the top like most lifts. Then the top is on a piano hinge that allows me to open it up to make it really easy to change the bit.

This is where I am right now. I have a piece of 3/4-16 all thread on order for the drive, but I think a 3/8-16 would probably be just as good. Next is to build the structure in to the base of he table to attach it.

It shows the router held in place with a zip tie, but that is just for the proof of concept. The real hold down will either be a pipe clamp, or a couple of 1/4-20 bolts with another similar bracket on the other side.
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I think this a little different setup from most people.

My goal is a router table that has a lift built into the base of the table, i.e. - not hanging from the top like most lifts. Then the top is on a piano hinge that allows me to open it up to make it really easy to change the bit.

This is where I am right now. I have a piece of 3/4-16 all thread on order for the drive, but I think a 3/8-16 would probably be just as good. Next is to build the structure in to the base of he table to attach it.

It shows the router held in place with a zip tie, but that is just for the proof of concept. The real hold down will either be a pipe clamp, or a couple of 1/4-20 bolts with another similar bracket on the other side.
Great idea, Chris...I gather then that you found beefy drawer slides with no play...? I've looked in the typical places for drawer slides with no play for other projects but no luck...when you get the time, could you post brand/model and where you got them...?

Thanks so much...good luck with the lift and will be following this closely...I'm still learning...

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Does the wire tie hold your router solid without any play?
You might want to make a U-bolt (or two) and utilize it for your own security.
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Nick, they are just drawer runners from home depot. I do not detect any play, but if there was any play, I could simply pinch them a tiny bit in the vice which would remove the play.

Dick, it shows the router held in place with a zip tie, but that is just for the proof of concept. The real hold down will either be a big hose clamp, or a couple of 1/4-20 bolts with another similar bracket on the other side.
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Nick, they are just drawer runners from home depot. I do not detect any play, but if there was any play, I could simply pinch them a tiny bit in the vice which would remove the play.

Dick, it shows the router held in place with a zip tie, but that is just for the proof of concept. The real hold down will either be a big hose clamp, or a couple of 1/4-20 bolts with another similar bracket on the other side.
Gotcha...thanks...anxious to see your progress and the finished product...Nick

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I would go with a few hose clamps Chris. I would be worried about over tightening with the 1/4 x 20 bolts and damaging the casing on inner components. The base forms almost a full circle around the motor housing but squeezing from 2 sides will tend to want to make it elliptical. I would also look at gluing some high friction material against the wooden block.

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I like the design of that. See it is coming together now.

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OK ... new plan ...

When I started trying to work out how to attach this thing to the frame and add in the threaded rod, I was not happy with any of the ideas I had.

Now the plan is to merge the ideas from that lift in the ShopNotes with this lift that Al B Thayer made:

Router Table Lift - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
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Thanks for posting your R&D on this. Looking forward to the completed project. Some information on why you changed your views on type of lift might be helpful to others as well.

Having the slides adjustable to remove any play is important in my opinion. I have seen the hose clamp mounting the routers and it seemed to work fine. If the saddle is properly made the router would probably set back into the same position if you had to remove and re-install it.

Being able to open (raise) the router table top is a nice idea for cleaning as well as changing the bit. I like raising the chuck above the table to change bits so I do not have to clear everything off the table top to change a bit.

Excessive movement between table and router bit in that configuration (hinged top) might be a problem? Maybe some sort of guides to make sure it locks into the table to reduce any play with the top and the router not attached to each other.
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OK ... new plan ...

When I started trying to work out how to attach this thing to the frame and add in the threaded rod, I was not happy with any of the ideas I had.

Now the plan is to merge the ideas from that lift in the ShopNotes with this lift that Al B Thayer made:

Router Table Lift - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
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