Router table with tilting router lift
The router table was built back in 2008 using plans from Norm Abrams' New Yankee workshop (www.newyankee.com). I had a router mounted in it and for a few years used the manual height adjustment built into the router. Always being difficult to use, the dream was a lift, but they are very expensive. Many other woodworkers have reached the same conclusion, Matthias Wandel (www.woodgears.ca) being one of them. He set about designing and building a few different lifts - in early 2013, I bought his tilting router lift plans to incorporate into my router table.
The front of the lift (upside down). A little aggressive sanding removed some of the plywood veneer on the big gear... I had a couple wingnuts and used those for the tilt lock on 3/8" allthread. The tilt had some rubber cut from an old bicycle inner tube between the tilt slide and base support, but after using it a couple times, it fouled so I removed it. Teflon tape wrapped around the screw used for the big gear axle is used to hold the nut in place - a nylock nut or locktite would have been fine. On the backside of the gear, there are 2 strips of UHMW tape to reduce friction.