Installed a lift in my Tilting Router Table.
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.
For some reason the rest of the pictures didn't transfer.
that's better than a work of art Herb..
Wow, you are tenacious! good job.
By the way, there seems to be an undocumented limit of 10 pictures. I've run into that before. It accepts your pictures but then only posts the 1st 10.
That's some slick work there Herb.
Evening classes at Herb's house; there will be a final exam! :)
Herb that's no less than amazing . I can't get over the great job you did getting that hole cut so cleanly .
The outcome looks pro ;)
Great work Herb !!!
If you're half as pleased with that lift as I am, then be prepared to really enjoy its use.
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