Workshop Wednesdays – Router Lift

Wednesday 11 July 2018

The challenge was to make an inexpensive lifter for a very heavy router. I needed some sort of threaded moving mechanism, hence the use of an old Stanley vice – inherited from my grandfather in 1963 – which could be suitably adapted. I removed the end 'L' plate, inverted it to give a flat surface to mount the simple cradle support for the router, which was a rare moment of lateral thinking! With the plate mounted on the cradle, it was simple to add a support batten to the main body of the vice and support it underneath an MDF platform, as shown in the photos.

This is very much a prototype, which could be improved on, but I think the principle is sound. Raising and lowering the router is easy, which is then locked in place after the correct height is achieved.