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Christmas before last I got a MCLS tilting cast iron top router table. The tilt is not of much use as it tilts back to front which doesn't really help anything. Also the router mounting is extremely difficult to use, I ended up bolting the new Bosch router thru the table, and it wasn't quite centered in the hole. Also the insert is a steel one size only insert,and I like the inserts that I can change sizes. All in all I wasn't too happy with it.

Then Desert Rat Tom saved the day. he offered a Rockler lift at way below wholesale, which I acquired and had to figure how to mount it in the cast iron table. Thank you much Tom.

First thing was to remove the cast iron top, easy NP. Then position the Rockler lift upside down on the top, I scribed the outline around the lift plate and also marked in black marker the outline.

Then I drilled 11/16" holes in the corners, the plate had 3/4"r. corners.
Then it was clamping an angle iron guide to the top and with my little dremel and 1 1/2" cut off blades cut the top 1/16" from the finish scribe line, and moved the angle 4 times to get all 4 sides.

Then with a grinding wheel in dremel and a small router base finished ground the hole to the scribe line and fit the router plate.

Then I installed 4 tabs underneath, with adjustment screws for the lift plate to sit on and put it back into the router table and installed the router motor.

Then I installed the new Eagle American fence I bought on sale awhile back and have a first class router table.
Thanks again Tom.
Here are some pictures of the build.



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Herb: I have the same table and as you said router access is terrible and the fence sucks. I have a PC 7518 under mine would the Rockler lift work for that as well? Also did you drill and tap the cast for the adjustment tabs to set the plate in? Looks like you also drilled and tapped the cast for the fence correct? Thanks
 

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quite the job, Herb...cudos on the quality of the machining...
 

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Herb: I have the same table and as you said router access is terrible and the fence sucks. I have a PC 7518 under mine would the Rockler lift work for that as well? Also did you drill and tap the cast for the adjustment tabs to set the plate in? Looks like you also drilled and tapped the cast for the fence correct? Thanks
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Herb: I have the same table and as you said router access is terrible and the fence sucks. I have a PC 7518 under mine would the Rockler lift work for that as well? Also did you drill and tap the cast for the adjustment tabs to set the plate in? Looks like you also drilled and tapped the cast for the fence correct? Thanks
Thanks for all the comments. It took me about 12 hours to do over 4 days.

I agree with you on the fence that came with the table it is an absolute piece of junk. I had to put a full length of plywood on it to line up both sides. The mounting set up for the motor is junk too, quite crude and since you are clamping against rough casting under the table the router doesn't set perpendicular to the table and hard to clamp down tight.
Yes on both the drill and tap holes to mount the tabs and the fence.
You can see the 4 holes on the top adjacent to the radius corners are for the tabs.
No the Rockler lift will not work for the PC 7518, Rockler Aluminum Router Lift FX | Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
I have my 7518 in a Jessem lift.

John, I didn't draw plans or anything like that,if that is what you mean, but did some deep thinking for several days and had it planned out in my mind what I had to do. I debated on cutting the hole in the top and contemplated mounting the lift under the table minus the top plate. But abandoned that idea as too hokey and bit the bullet and went for cutting the opening.

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Nice job Herb

Herb,

That's pretty nice work. Your MCLS table looks a lot like my Grizzly table I just picked up this weekend. I've not used it yet so I don't know if it's any good but now seeing the work you did on your table maybe one day I can alter mine.

Looks great,
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Herb,

What is that you have connected to your dremel tool? It looks very interesting and I can think of a few different ways I could use that!

Thanks,
Jonathan that is a dremel router base used by luthiers, a little spendy,but quality piece of equipment.

Precision Router Base | stewmac.com

It is a fixed base,not a plunge base. I thought otherwise when I ordered it, and was a little disappointed when I received it, but it looked so good I kept it and I am glad I did.

Herb
 
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