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Shop-Made Router Lift Gettysburg PA

This project requires some specialized hardware unfamiliar to mostwoodworkers, like bronze bearings and steel rod. We recommend you buyyour lifter parts from the mail order sources we used (see Sourcesbelow).

The Home Depot
(717)646-0140
400 Eisenhower Drive
Hanover, PA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Fastenal- Gettysburg
717-338-9933
1789A York Rd Gettysburg, PA, 17325
Gettysburg, PA
 
Littlestown Ace Hardware
(717) 359-7038
790 W King St Ste 3, Kennies Markets
Littlestown, PA
 
Fastenal- Hanover
717-632-4771
1100 Eichelberger St Unit 928B Hanover, PA, 17331
Hanover, PA
 
LOWE'S OF HANOVER, PA.
717 630-8700
310 EISENHOWER DR. HANOVER, PA, 17331
Hanover, PA
 
WILHIDES SAWMILL
(410) 756-2871
6510 Keysville Rd
Keymar, MD

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A.p.m. True Value Home Center
(717) 677-6161
46 Gettysburg St
Arendtsville, PA
 
Wogans Drug True Value
(717) 359-7412
410 N Queen St
Littlestown, PA
 
Lowe's
(717) 630-8700
310 Eisenhower Drive
Hanover, PA
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

North Hanover Mall
(717) 630-4300
1155 Carlisle St Ste 5
Hanover, PA
Store Hours
Sears Stores
Store Type
Sears Stores
Hours
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:11-21
Store Features
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:11-21

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Shop-Made Router Lift

Shop-Made Router Lift



Router lifts are hot items these days and for good reason. Veteranrouter table users love their ability to make super-fine microadjustments or rapidly raise the bit right from the tabletop. No morefumbling under the table like a contortionist. The only drawback is theprice: $200 to $500. Ouch! That's why we were so thrilled when RichardTendick walked into our offices with his idea for a shop-made routerlift. Not only does Richard's lift offer above-the-table heightadjustment (see “Benefits of the AW Router Lift,”) but it costs lessthan $100. Plus, unlike the expensive commercial lifts, this liftallows you to change bits without cranking the router all the way up.It also features effective below-the-table dust collection. Whencombined with dust collection in the fence it results in near-perfectdust collection. This design also isolates the exhaust end of therouter in the cavity. That leaves the router air intake sucking onlyclean, dust-free air. And, unlike all the other mechanical lifts on themarket, Richard's lift hangs off the back of the router table, not onthe top where the excess weight can lead to sagging.



Our router lift consists of two components: the lift mechanism and therouter carrier. The lift mechanism uses finely machined steel rods thatslide through oil-impregnated bronze bushings set in upper and lowerslide blocks. Upper and lower clamp blocks capture the ends of thesteel rods and provide attachment points for securing the lift to therouter table back. The router carrier attaches to the lift mechanism. Aplywood router clamp holds the router motor in the carrier. Adjustingthe height is as simple as turning the acorn nut on top of a threadedrod.

Benefits of the AW Router Lift



Bit height changes are quick and precise. A speed wrench allows you toraise the router bit to any height in seconds. For fine adjustments, aone-quarter turn of the wrench equals a mere 1/64-in. change in bitheight.



Changing router bits is fast and easy. The lift is mounted to thecabinet, not the top. This allows you to hinge the top for easy accessto the router. It makes bit changes a snap.



Router table dust collection that really works! Two side boards mountedalongside the lift create a cavity like an elevator shaft. Wood dust iscaptured in the cavity and vented out a dust port in the router carrier.

Will It Fit My Router Table?
If you already own a full-size router table don't sweat. A few simplemodifications allow you to mount the AW lift into most commercialtables (see “Fitting the AW Lift to Your Router,”).

What You'll Need
This project requires some specialized hardware unfamiliar to mostwoodworkers, like bronze bearings and steel rod. We recommend you buyyour lifter parts from the mail order sources we used (see Sourcesbelow).

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