I'm looking for good plans/ideas on installing a router lift (Quick-Lift)
into a left-tilt Unisaw's extension table. It has a 50" Biesemeyer fence.
My stock extension table needs replacing and I'm tight for space so trying
to avoid building a stand-alone router table. Woodpecker's sell a table
for the left side but requires you to remove the iron wing - no thanks.
Their right side table works with their rails.
Ideally, the router would be enclosed under the table, be light enough to
allow continued use of mobile base, allow attachment of a fence, and face
the right edge of the saw to allow easy access while facing on the right
side of the saw. Easy enough to build a table and attach a box underneath
but there always seems to be clever solutions out there.
my situation is probably different from yours, but my approach to
tablesaw wing router tables is to keep a section of the wing surface
loose and have a variety of drop-in router table-ettes that I can
change out easily as the situation requires. the big advantage for me
is the flexibility of quickly and inexpensively built tooling. for
instance, I really like raising panels with a "vertical" bit in a
horizontal table configuration.
think carefully before you invest a lot in a lift- a good plunge
router covers most of those functions pretty well....
I use the new Ridgid Router, compared to my old router, the height
adjustment is wonderful, and the the trough the table adjustment saves wear
on my back. The router motor easily drops out for bit changes, I can't
really see the need for a lift.
It's just as easy to build your own extension. So easy as a matter of
fact, that you won't mind building one to use for a while and figure
out the features that you REALLY want, and building and improved
version. DAGS on this forum and you'll find several several posts on
the topic, and several with links to pictures that are very helpful
for ideas. If all else fails, Rockler advertises one that's designed
to be installed as a table saw wing. It's relatively new on their
website, and they did not have it in the store as of a month ago
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