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I've seen several home made lifts from plywood lately and the owners said they worked well. Al B. Thayer had a version that would flip from vertical to horizontal and was selling plans for it for $10 I think on ebay.
 

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Thank you all for the complements! For this design I think I was very lucky the alignment for the rods and bearings was very close. As far as material purchased so far was:

Mcmaster-carr
6655K15 Thrust bearings 3ea
90977A170 Coupling nut 1ea
93250A268 S.S. Threaded rod
6384K23 Ball Bearings 3ea
6338K423 Sleeve bearings, 4ea, I decided against the flange and turned them down on a lathe later
6061K33 Linear shaft 2ea

Most of the wood was Baltic birch and some other I had laying around.

Thank you!
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I made a few changes to my design on clamping the router to the carriage. I was going to use two band clamps that wrapped around two 3/8" steel rods and the router to hold it in place. I felt the carriage was too narrow and was not happy with it. I saw some other great designs people have done with wooden clamps so I went with that. the router is held in rock solid, much better :) I barely had room to add 10-32 screws on each side of the bushing. My next step is to figure out what size gear motor I need. I might add two limit switches to tell when the the carriage is at Max high and low positions.


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This would be my first attempt at a router table. My first part of the table would be the lift. The only reason I am taking a stab at making was the price of the lifts :surprise: I still have work on the lift, wooden clamps, band clamp. I will be adding a DC gear motor to drive the lift

.An excellent job that should work well. I used a different approach and did consider fitting a motor but after finding that it worked well I decided against it. I would have thought that your Hitachi router would be a far better choice for a table than a trim router.
 

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Hello,
This would be my first attempt at a router table. My first part of the table would be the lift. The only reason I am taking a stab at making was the price of the lifts :surprise: I still have work on the lift, wooden clamps, band clamp. I will be adding a DC gear motor to drive the lift

.An excellent job that should work well. I used a different approach and did consider fitting a motor but after finding that it worked well I decided against it. I would have thought that your Hitachi router would be a far better choice for a table than a trim router.
Nice job Harry! Im getting close to finishing the lift part, just ordered the gear motor and now I can start on the table it self. I saw a lot of nice work on this site! My object for this project was cheap LOL! Im getting close to retiring :)
 
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