Guys my dream router table needs to be adjustable height wise .
Was hoping to have a range around 24" when lowered and 38" when it's raised .
Not to sound like a broken record but the reason was as I need to be around 33"1/2 when I use it as an outfield table for my table saw , and 36" to 38" when routing . Going low would be nice when I'm building projects on it . So this table is to save real estate by being versatile.
I drew up a crude drawing in Photoshop to show you a new theory that I dreamt up .
My first idea was to use two linear actuators , one on each end , and have four drawer slides mounted vertically for guiding .
Now I have a new idea where I do a scissor action system , where as there's just a single actuator installed in between the two scissor areas that lifts it all , as opposed to having two actuators (one on each end) and an extra feed back controller to keep them in sync .
As you know if you had boards hinged on the one end and pivoting in the centre where they cross, that the other end would change it's distance , so I figure have the one end of the scissors attached to drawer slides , thus letting the distance change as it's scissoring .
There would be one scissor on each side of the table length wise . I was going to build the table approx 6' long and 32" wide . The picture only shows one side .
I hope the crude pic helps you understand my concept. The drawer slides are connected to the lower and upper parts of the table but I didn't portray that very well . A jack screw would work also , but I have always loved using linear actuators .
I really think this would make a very stable table when it's stopped and be self levelling .
Seeing as the scissor action would be in the way of the sides I was going to have the router lifts installed on the ends which would be wide open. If the table seems too sloppy side to side I guess additional vertical drawer slides could be incorporated.
Any opinions good or bad on my idea?