A look at five devices designed to make the router table more user-friendly
Synopsis: Fine Woodworking shop manager John White compares the attributes and ease of use of several router lifts to find out if these mechanisms can improve height adjustment and bit changing compared to router tables in which the router is mounted to the underside of the table. Router lifts vary in design, sophistication, and cost, so he evaluates five to see whether they indeed put to rest some of the frustrations of a standard mount. Here’s how they all stack up.
Mounting a router under a table immediately introduces problems. For starters, to get at the router, you must bend down and reach under the table. Then you have to work with height-adjustment controls and locks that are upside-down and backward. And to change a bit with even a small measure of convenience, you must first remove the motor from the router base so the work can be done…