table router setup
Close
Login to Your Account
Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    AZ
    Posts
    2,552
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    260
    Likes (Received)
    876

    Default table router setup

    I am considering swapping out my basic under-table router setup, consisting of a 1/4" thk machined cold-rolled steel plate that has my older Bosch router shoe mounted to it, set into a laminate-topped extension table belonging to the Unisaw. I need to adjust height from below the table, and bit changes involve taking the router out, so I'm looking for more convenience. I have been looking at the Jessem router lifts and Rockler's similar product, and I'm leaning toward the Jessem line. Does anyone have user experiences or insights to offer on these, pro or con?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Maryland- USA
    Posts
    5,155
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    2489
    Likes (Received)
    3201

    Default

    I have been using the Woodpeckers for years and no complaints.
    I think for a router lift above table bit changes and height adjustments are must haves.
    The micro adjust on this model is a great convenience as well.

    I use this one with the big PC router- great setup and I bought it specifically to get the fast disappearing act to get the bit below the table:


    PRL V2 (Precision Router Lift)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    downhill from Twain\'s study outside Elmira, NY
    Posts
    11,521
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    4405
    Likes (Received)
    4127

    Default

    That's ironic.

    I never owned a router table until a couple years ago when i converted an old Rockwell "pin router" base to such; in order to use the overarm as a pilot guide for complex work on edge.

    The ironic part is that it was important to me to be able to quickly yank the router and change the bit on a nearby bench or other work surface. Then replace and quickly position the height with final fine-adjustment control. Never found it convenient when using the original router in the under-table position. The conversion uses a Milwaukee router that has a quick over-center/camlock, and a quick detach acme thread (via push-in half nut) for height. I can't imagine much that would be more convenient. That includes my Griggio shaper when used with collet chuck, which is almost as convenient to change.

    dsc_0031-copy.jpg
    dsc_0005.jpg
    dsc_0003_01.jpg

    There are many situations where it is convenient to pull the router for a bit change or adjustment, rather than disturb a set-up.
    Another situation (besides as shown) is when a fixed ring collar is included in the opening.

    dsc_0010_01.jpg

    (lower guide/fence was cut from re-purposed mortiser spoil board. Rectangular pockets not set-up feature. )

    smt

  4. Likes Joe Rogers, jmhoying liked this post
  5. #4
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    AZ
    Posts
    2,552
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    260
    Likes (Received)
    876

    Default

    Thanks for the observations. I'm quite used to having to yank the router to do bit changes, and it's not such a big deal (especially where there is a top-of-table setup), but in my current shop layout with too little space and too many machines, it's a real PITA to get the router out simply due to limited access. The "convenience" aspect carries more practical weight for me at this point, when a router bit change (and height adjustment) becomes a full-body contortion/exercise routine.

    As noted by SMT, if there is a setup or fixturing that prevents access above the table, bit changes have to be done the old-fashioned way in any case. This may be a trade-off from that proverbial convenience viewpoint, if pulling the router from a router lift is more of a pain than it previously was. More food for thought.


Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •