This is my first instuctable, and in it I will show you how to make a Router lift for your router table out of recycled hardware.
This is based on 3 closet sleds and rails, that are in tension.
Another thing, the design is very forgiving of small manufacturing errors
I´m also submitting it for the makebot contest, so if you like it, please vote!
Thank you for reading
You will notice that I don´t include a lot of measurements, this is due to the fact that it´s unlikely that you will find the exact same closet rails that I used (there really old).
Just follow along, using the stuff you have at hand and at the end of the day you to will have a recycled router lift (or a vertical lift for any other project you have)
Step 2: Cutting the bottom and top plates.
As you could see from the first picture, the list is based on a triangle. I did this because I´m still learning woodworking, and my miter cuts are still not that good, so I wanted a design that would be very tolerant of a little manufacturing error but that would still be rock solid.
The principle behind the design is that the router sled is actually held in place by the tension exerted on the sliders. Since there are 6 sliders in all, it has a lot of support and a lot of places to make fine adjustments.
Since it's a triangle I used a piece of scrape 1/2 inch plywood cut at 60 degree angle.
Cut 2 of these. Now, I wanted this to fit under a standard router plate (9-1/4" x 11-3/4") so that means that the high of the triangle could not be over 9-1/4"
You can see 2 set of lines at each corner. the outer one is where the end of the rail reaches, and the inner one is the one where the sliders reach. These are important because that's the template for the sled.