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Building the tilting router lift


In this video I’m gonna show you how
I built this tilting router lift. I’m gonna start by making the wooden
tracks for the sliding mechanism. I set the table saw very
accurately. And then I just cut out
a series of slots to cut the dados that I
need to cut that track. So, let’s check it for play. Got 5 thou on this end. About the same. The other guide rail on this router lift
is just gonna be a 35 degree bevel. That way when the clamp is tightened,
it’ll always push the square guide rail up against one side. The cut is fairly tricky to make because the
35 degrees. I have to pretty much cut that upright against the fence. ‘Cause
this blade only tilts so far. So, I’ve got the track on one side
and the bevel on the other side. And this part is gonna mate
on here and the bevel cut is gonna glue onto it like so. So, the tricky part is how to
line that up exactly right. So, what I’ve done is I put this on
here and I made sure that was level. And then measure if
the space I had in here. And then I’ve made these blocks that go in here to hold this exactly
parallel to the other track. And then I’m gonna put some glue on here
and just clamp it together like so. And that will insure that this bevel track
is gonna be in exactly the right position to keep these parallel. So, the way this thing works is this part slides and it
has a router on it. And it gets pressed on here
with a knob and a washer. And when that knob is tightened that presses these together. And this wedge
will force that over onto this side. So, whichever small amount of
play this one will have it’ll always be pressed
into that corner so that the position is
absolutely consistent. I came out with a neat design of, sort
of, a compound angle for the gears. And I made a gear pair for testing
and it runs pretty well so those are the gears I used
for the router lift. So I’ve got my shaft in here. That’s
gonna get turned buy this gear. And I need to make sure
that, that hole in this block that goes on here. Lines up
exactly with that shaft. So, I’ve made this block
to fit exactly in here with no play in it for now. And to mark exactly where the
center of my shaft should go I’m just gonna use this drill which
is what I used to drill that hole. And I’m gonna slide that
against here. And I’m gonna use
the point of that drill To mark the center so that’s
exactly where I need to put the hole for the
screws right here. Next, I’m drilling a hole big
enough to fit the T-nut into. And then I’m using the prows of the T-nut
to mark where I need to drill the holes. ‘Cause I drill holes for those prongs,
’cause otherwise that block of wood would split apart from where the prongs
would go but with the holes in there it goes in there fairly well. So, I flattened the nut on this side so
that it doesn’t protrude over the edge. And normally when we’re lifting a
router lift the thread rod pushes the insert into the block of wood but
sometimes we have to pull down. That happens especially if I forget to
unlock the router lift and then try to crank it down.
So, I’m putting a screw in here. And that will prevent the T-nut
from getting pulled out. So, here is a tricky bit. So,
I’ve put this block right here so its at the end of the threaded
rod with just enough engagement for the end of it’s range. And
then I’ve marked a position that this block is at here. And I’ve
transferred these marks onto here with this thing here sticking up
at 1 centimeter towards the end because this thing travels actually
just a little bit past the top because when we tilt
the router lift we can actually run off the end
of this rail a little bit to get a little bit more depth. So, I have
put a ruler and a piece of paper in here to jam it in here tight.
So, now let’s put this into position. And I’ve already transferred where the
block goes here and where I need to drill my screw holes. So, I’m gonna clamp
this block together and then drill through here to put the
screw holes into both pieces. After drilling a hole through both parts,
I enlarge the holes in the plywood there so that the screw won’t
get caught in that layer. So, I just screwed this block
on from the other side. And let’s try it on here. And let’s try that out. I’m
just gonna use a drill here. Seems to work. Now, with a router on here the
cutter head is gonna be over here. And there’s gonna be a great
chance for chips to fall in here. So, I need to block that off. So, now with this screw in here
when this is in it’s lower position that screw comes quite
a ways up here. So, I made a little block to block this
area off and it’s got a little hole in it. So that when the routers
cranked all the way down it’s not gonna interfere
with where this goes. So, getting these fancy psuedo-bevel
gears to mesh is a bit tricky. So, I previously experimented
just with a nail through here. And here’s my nail
hole that I used. So, if I tap that in here those gears turn nicely
without jamming. I’m only screwing this machine screw
into a slightly undersized hole in the wood, and the more often I screw
that in and out the looser it will get. So, I’m only gonna screw it
in by just a couple of turns. Just to make sure that the whole
thing fits. So, let’s see. Yeah, it works. Next I need to cut the
mounts for the router. And I’m just using my paper
template to cut these out. They’re shaped for a standard 3 1/2 inch,
or 89 millimeter diameter router body. And I need to make a cutout around
these clamps for a hose clamp to hold the router onto the clamp.
I did that with a router table and I’m cutting the corners
on the band saw. And checking how they fit on the
router and making minor adjustments on the belt sander. And then I carefully
position them on the slider checking the position
with a caliper. And now, just tapping
those screws with a hammer. And that will serve as a location mark for
where to drill the screw pilot holes. Now with this groove carved in these
blocks that fits a hose clamp in here. And then with these
guys screwed onto here that holds the router lift like
so when I tighten the hose clamp. Now, I’m just gonna leave
these off for the time being. Because when I build
the rest of this thing I don’t want it
getting in the way. So, with the router
mounted on here. The whole router lift
is gonna tilt like so. And to allow the tilting action I’m
gonna mount these two hinges on here. And I’ve added an extra hole
to each of these hinges Just to give me a little
bit more mounting. Because I’m only able to attach
to about two thirds of the hinge. So, with these extra holes I
should get a bit more hold. To mark the positions for the
pilot holes for my flange I clamp a piece of wood in
place to act as a guide. And then carefully place
that flange in place. And once I have it in the right
position just tap the screws to mark the pilot locations. So, this flange thing is gonna go
on here and then there’ll be a threaded rod and bolt that goes
through here to pull these together. Pull it against the
bits that go on here. So, to give these guys a bit
more support I’m gonna put this in here. And that’s got a
bit of a relief for the knob. This space is really
tight in here. The next thing I built is a
table for my router lift. So, I’ve got my guides all clamped to
the board. And if I put the router down on here, I can verify that,
that will cut exactly to the line. And now switching from the 3/4
inch bit to the 1/4 inch bit I’m gonna cut all the way around,
but this time all the way through. And that will give me a nice 1/4
inch ridge all the way around. So, after I cut out that insert
hole I chisel the corners square. And then it’s ready
to receive the insert. I drilled out some holes in the
corners for the dust to escape and also added a tab and a
magnet to hold down the insert. So, here’s looking at it from the bottom.
And the magnet is enough to hold it up against gravity.
So that should be enough to hold it down against
the wind from the router. So, the next thing I built is a fence.
I started out by cutting out all the pieces on the band saw. And then
gluing them together just with butt joints. And then I drilled some
holes for the dowels to insert the dowels after I actually
glued the whole thing together. I later cut those dowels flush
with the surface. I also needed to cut
some slots in the front so that I could mount
the fronts of the fence in an adjustable way and cut those
slots with my slot mortising machine. I put some T-nuts in the bottom of the
table, so that I could then screw my fence to it. I cut some knobs out on the band
saw and drilled a hole in it and carved that hexagonal so that I
could then insert a bolt into it. Now the other thing that I did is
I embedded some small magnets on the bottom of the knobs so that
the washer would stick to the knob when I lift it off the fence.

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100 thoughts on “Building the tilting router lift

  1. hey matthias.

    again a verry great build.
    this is the first time i leave a reaction.
    i love youre work and it helps me a lot in my work place.

    keep up the good work
    greating from holland.

  2. I would like to know what motor you use there? How do I buy one? who sells these ai? because in Brazil do not know where to find? What is the power of this that you use …?

  3. e dificil de calcular os dentes das engrenagens eu tenho uma serra de mesa DELTA tem as 2 camaletas para trilhos

  4. Just purchased these plans. Thinking of making a video from the buyers perspective. wish me luck haha.

  5. Brilliant ideas and and excellent presentation of the logic used to achieve a function. I spent most of my life in engineering and education and I found that there is a mind processing ability that many do not have. Only yesterday some one told me that these days there is no need to know but only where to look just in case you need to know. That is not true as the human mind is not a fetch cycle form an already written down memory system in a book or in an electronic computer. Matthias Wandel leaves the thinking and processing activity in his audience and anyone who does not want to think nor process a situation to reach the logic required to achieve a function might as well go and buy a plastic version, it will probably be cheaper but the human mind will be as dormant as a door nail. Many people are happy to be proud owners of what they buy with a dormant mind state, but there are those who relish the mind activity, as it is a good asset to have. Congratulations to Matthias Wandel for being a brilliant gentleman who respects his audience with leaving them with the thinking and the mind processing sessions in all he does, Thank you Sir. In my opinion you rate as being in the top 1% of students in higher education and even better than that as you combine , research, mathematics, computation, design, synthesis, making testing, modification and the highest quality I respect, which is GUARANTEEING YOUR WORK TO OPERATE efficiently. Not many people and professions want to walk the paths of guaranteeing their products nor their services, but Matthias Wandel does fine in that area.

  6. interesting. i had been contemplating making something like this before I saw yours. it is still playing now as it just came up by random as I was watching woodworking clips

  7. All the time I'm watching this impressive video thinking "why would you need the router to tilt", then OMG the reveal in the last few seconds! Oh that's why…
    I just love watching this channel and I'm going to have a go at making the bandsaw.

  8. hey Matthias, any particular reason why you are using a commercial plastic knob for the lift mechanism and you are making wooden ones for the angle ? Why not making all 3 out of wood?

  9. Hey Matthias, I love your channel. I have made your shelving, work bench + drawers and saw sled. I'd love it if you did a dial indicator video. How you mount that thing for various applications and how it works etc.

  10. I can't stop watching these videos he's very inspirational and makes me just want to be as detailed and concise with my own projects

  11. instead of selling your goddamn plans online you'd make a lot more money selling your seed. we need to artificially inseminate future generations with your pure genes you perfect man 😉

  12. All of your fans think the same way about you – you are really an outstanding person.
    You should work at Tesla!
    Your creativity can do so much to build a better world.

  13. Matthias Wandel is a genius! I love to watch his videos. For me (a toolmaker and a later mechanical engineer) this is pure relaxation. He looks so resting in himself. Good!

  14. what is the name of that router? im thinking of buying a makita rt0700 and building a routerlift, but i need more power and a bigger router? cant find one though. Your router looks stronger though.

  15. Its all nice and stuff, even more than nice but, how much a contraption like that would have to cost if you built id for someone. Lets say a sketch, plus going to a store buying all bolts and nuts etc, than a detailed trawing and cuting , measuring gluing and so on, i wonder did he spent more than 10 hours building this,
    How much? Anyone has an idea

  16. Is it possible to build this entire lift from baltic birch plywood? I don't have access to hardwood, that's why I'm asking

  17. Loving videos, advice and adventures but at times can't help but to wonder if certain things were not meant to be made of wood and it is a bit of wood chauvinism… 😉

  18. Hello my brother how are you .. Can you help me I need to teach me these things I have ambition and I want to exploit them before I draw my head and go my soul. I need your help in order to comfort the families of war. You have destroyed us and destroyed our youth. Please help me, please, brother

  19. Witam i pozdrawiam!!Bardzo pomyslowo i ciekawe rozwiazanie wspomagania frezarki z jednego stanowiska!!Duza wiedza,duzo pracy i cierpliwosci aby wszystko to dzialalo i pomagalo w pracy,Tak trzymac!!Sam pomysl to Majstersztyk!!Prima!!Dobry material filmowy ktory duzo mowi jak mozna samemu stanowisko jak i maszyne troche ulepszyc!!Super!!

  20. seriously i want a video with all your fails coz seeing you doing everything that easy is annoying 😀 im not watching this video coz it seem to be same as other something complicated done as easy as eating yogurt tell me the secret , well it would be tell us !

  21. This is were i come when i wanna learn how i should have done it. The mistakes are worth it in experience and then my final questions and details are more than likely derived from your version of…tilting router table, sleds and jigs, fences. Toss in some Izzy Swan left field creative and you have the two best i know of on you tube wood channels in entirely different ways.

    I was/am a well rounded jedi in metal, but i cant turn off the wood bug thanks to this guy and Mr. Swan,. Its been router bits and maple or birch instead of plasma electrodes and .250 wall tubing or dimple dies. I suck, but i can look up again and have internet mentors. I throw tools again and cuss in the garage. Life is good, until i step in the big can of polyurethane wearing flipflops.

  22. Hallo Matthias.
    Darf ich fragen was für eine Tischkreissäge verwendest du?
    Ich bewundere sehr deine Werke – sind bis ins Detail sehr gut durchdacht und einfach G E N I A L. Bitte, bitte, weiter so. Du bist der Beste. Dein Fan.

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