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Thread: Shop Made Router Lift Plans

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    Shop Made Router Lift Plans

    I'm thinking about building a Router lift, rather than buy one new. The mechanism seems quite simple. There were plans in American Wood Worker magazine No. 106 (March 2004), but I don't have that issue. If anyone has it and would be willing to send me the article I'd really appreciate it!

    Anyway, there is also a guy on eBay selling plans:
    But these are for Porter cable only, and I'm not sure I want to spend $10 on some plans that might not suit my needs...

    Does anyone else have any ideas or experiences in building a Router Lift? Thanks in advance for any insight!

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    I am sure you have this info but in case you don't.

    You can check to see if they have that issue:

    Some of our past issues are still available for $5.00 each.
    Call (715) 246-4344 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday, for availability and ordering, or write to:

    Back Issues
    American Woodworker
    Box 83695
    Stillwater, MN 55083-0695.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Atlanta, GA
    I recall seeing a magazine article where a router lift was made using a pipe clamp fixture. The fixed end of the pipe was screwed into a flange fitting attached to the bottom side of the router table. The clamping end had a small platform attached to it, designed to hold the router upside-down. The concept was slick, but I suspect that keeping the bit perpendicular to the table would be difficult.

    Here's another idea:

    Good luck!

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    Nov 2005
    Valrico (Tampa), Florida.
    Did you see the one that niki made and posted in another recent thread?

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    Thanks for all the replies so far - good ideas! I just found the thread by niki and it is also an interesting idea. The woodcentral plan looks good too. I'm not certain which route I'll take but I might keep trying to find the American Woodworker plan as well because I am curious to see how they did it. If anyone else finds anything, please let me know - these are great ideas and they are helping me form a concept of how I'm going to do all this!

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    I was thinking about building a router lift also. I saw the AW plans and they said it would be about $90 for parts to build the list. I ended up getting a Jessem FX for about $130. I couldn't see spending that much time to save such little money on a lift.

    I know I have a copy of the AW around somewhere. I'll try to dig it up for you.


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    Thousand Oaks.
    Send me your email addy

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    I've been looking for the thread that Niki started referenced above, not seeing it. Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    NW Indiana
    Do you know about kickback? Ray has a good writeup here...

    For a kickback demonstration video

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    Sep 2006
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    Thanks ED62!
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