Tilting router lift inspired by Matthias Wandel
It is designed to handle all commonly available routers. The router holder is a separate part that can easily be drawn for your specific router. I'm using it with a Makita RT0700 series trim router.
- 80mm (3.15") depth range
- 45° tilt range
- Can support 0-100mm (0-4") diameter routers (will design holders on request)
- Each turn on depth handle changes depth of cut by 3mm
This build requires quite a bit of hardware. I've designed the router lift in metric so all the hardware is also metric. The bolts are DIN standard, not ISO.
- 1x 180mm M10 threaded rod
- 2x 10mm diameter 50 mm long shaft
- 2x M10 nut
- 4x M10 oversized washer
- 1x M8 nut
- 1x M8 40mm partially threaded bolt (for large gear)
- 2x M8 50mm partially threaded bolt (for gear knob and depth lock knob)
- 1x M8 washer
- 27x M6 nut
- 4x M6 grub screw (dovetail slide adjustment)
- 3x M6 washer
- 3x M6 25mm socket head bolt
- 14x M6 20mm flat head socket bolt
- 2x M6 45mm socket head bolt (tilt lock knobs)
- 8x M6 40mm socket head bolt
- 18x wood mounting screw
I've have spend quite a bit of time altering the design to avoid need for support when printing.
My router lift is printed in a mix of PLA (Green) and PETG (Black). I haven't logged my print settings for all components but underneath you will find my print settings for the essential parts. All the STL files are shown facing the direction I have printed them.
- Hinge plates: 50% Infill, 8 top/bottom layers, 6 perimeters (12 hours)
- Gears: 20% infill, 4 perimeters, with support on build plate only, (5 hours)
- Dovetail rail: 50% Infill, 8 top/bottom, 6 perimeters, with support on build plate only, (42 hours)
- 65mm router holder: 50% infill 8 top/bottom, 6 perimeters. no support
Table and Fence
The table is built from a not that old but really bad table saw. I removed the original table, cut a hole on one side and fitting a piece of 25mm mdf tabletop on it instead.
The fence is made from birch plywood and the sacrificial part of it is made of laminate flooring that I had left over. Knobs are all 3d printed. I use ljon's dust extraction port which make it easy to plug in a 100mm flex tube for dust collection. I don't have my dust collection system set up yet so i made a adapter for it to fit my shop vac until I get the other system set up.
2019-01-12: Updated hinge locks to allow for 10 degrees of movement beyond 90 degree upright position. This requires special mounting for the rail not to hit the table
2018-12-26: Updated the rail to be slightly shorter and added the ability to split the rail into two parts for smaller print beds.
2018-11-26: Added beefier version of the large gear as gear arm snapped on mine because i walking into something when moving the lift mounted to the table. Started a change log and assembly section.