Sometimes talk goes around in the woodworking community about copying other woodworkers. I use a lot of woodworker’s ideas and plans for a few reasons. One, if the idea or plan meets my needs, why not not use it? Two, I don’t have to put in the time to design and think up of a way to accomplish the task… A lot of time people will start with someone elses idea/design and in the middle of building it twist it into there own. I’ve done that lots of times. In this case Jay Bates has came up with a simple solution to one of my needs. My old router lift was OK, but there was problems with it. It cranked up to slow, It didn’t go high enough to change the bit from the top and it was a little off square. Jay has found a way to solve all of those needs in one built, plus he added a great dust collection option. Therefore, I have no problem buying a plan and copying the design. Since these are paid plans I’m not going to show you step by step. I will highlight and show you a few differences that I went with.
One of the Differences is I didn’t use a router fence. I built one about two years ago and I’ve only used it twice. Taking the time to build another seemed like a waste.
Although I like the table itself it was a double layer of 3/4″ with a “T” track in it. The lift needed lots of work.
The dust collection setup I think would be custom to every shop. My setup came from the bottom of the lift to a blast gate. It then tees off to the table saw and the dust collector unit itself.
After using this for a few days now. The board the runs on the bar I’m going to make taller so the router will go higher for a little more ease to change the bit.
I’ve made two inserts one for the fence and one if I need more support for using the router without the fence.
If you would like plans to build this awesome router lift here is the link. Jay has done a fantastic job with the plans. They are easy to read and make the project fun. The whole project can be made out of half sheet of 3/4″ plywood and a little bit of hardware. Don’t have a dust collector, no problem Jay has thought of that as well. Within the plans there are options you can do if you have a shop vac. Jay really has thought of everything for this build. Thank you Jay for your hard work in putting these plans together for the public.