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How to modify this Stanley 90305 Router for table mount?

I got this heavy duty Stanley router model 90305M motor in 90305B plunge base. I don’t know much about this router other than the fact that it is heavy and has half inch collet. I own a modern craftsman combo router (320.50429)that can swap between plunge and fixed base already. I am thinking of possible ways to mount this Stanley router under a table as a permanent set up and use the craftsman for handheld works. I have attached some images of the Stanley router.

How can I adapt the Stanley router to an under the table set up without having to buy some expensive lift ? Any ideas ? Or should I just ditch the Stanley router and make a table for my craftsman? Thanks
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Take the bottom plate off, find longer screws that work on those holes, mount to table...

That is the way most routers mount to tables.
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I went with a lift ......

The advantages to the lifts are several. You get a bunch of different size inserts for the various diameter router bits and these are very difficult to DIY. The lifts are so easy to adjust from the top of the table and they "lock" the height in so vibration won't change it. The entire lift just lifts out of the table for bit changing OR you can raise up the collet with the hand crank to change bits. Typically, one full trun of the crank equals 1/16" for precise adjustments.


On the other hand, a fixed base router mounted under the table on a separate plate that can be lifted out for bit changes is better than reaching under, loosening the motor lock and rotating it to get the proper bit height. If it's not on a separate mounting plate then you do all that looking at it up from underneath OR by feel. On a plunge base mounted under the table, the springs always want to return the bit height to "zero" or flush with the table. So, if you release the lock you will be searching for your last bit height and trying multiple times to get it right, a PITA.


There are shop built lifts using a scissors jack, OR a threaded rod attached to the router base on a plunge type. I don't recall seeing a DIY on a fixed base because the of the threaded motor housing.



The new Triton 3 HP router has above the table adjustments as do several others. I would go down that road and save the old Stanley for other projects.



One choice here:
https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-RA1165-.../dp/B0007VHPFK


https://www.woodmagazine.com/tool-re...table-mounting

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This Stanley doesn’t use a wrench to lock the bit . The collet locks by turning the yellow knob on top(if mounted under table, the bottom) of the router. It seems like the collet doesn’t come out far enough. Not sure. I have to get a 1/2 inch shank bit and put in it to see.

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The craftsman I have has an above the table height adjustment.
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The advantages to the lifts are several. You get a bunch of different size inserts for the various diameter router bits and these are very difficult to DIY. The lifts are so easy to adjust from the top of the table and they "lock" the height in so vibration won't change it. The entire lift just lifts out of the table for bit changing OR you can raise up the collet with the hand crank to change bits. Typically, one full trun of the crank equals 1/16" for precise adjustments.


On the other hand, a fixed base router mounted under the table on a separate plate that can be lifted out for bit changes is better than reaching under, loosening the motor lock and rotating it to get the proper bit height. If it's not on a separate mounting plate then you do all that looking at it up from underneath OR by feel. On a plunge base mounted under the table, the springs always want to return the bit height to "zero" or flush with the table. So, if you release the lock you will be searching for your last bit height and trying multiple times to get it right, a PITA.


There are shop built lifts using a scissors jack, OR a threaded rod attached to the router base on a plunge type. I don't recall seeing a DIY on a fixed base because the of the threaded motor housing.



The new Triton 3 HP router has above the table adjustments as do several others. I would go down that road and save the old Stanley for other projects.



One choice here:
https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-RA1165-.../dp/B0007VHPFK


https://www.woodmagazine.com/tool-re...table-mounting
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The craftsman I have has an above the table height adjustment.
The craftsman router I have has an above the table adjustment. &#x1f642; It is a dual base and both fixed and plunge bases have above the table adjustment.

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I just put this together a couple of days ago.
It was my dad's router. He had it mounted to a portable
table but it was too big and weighted a ton.
Router had a pistol grip on it...I took that all off.

I can clamp it to the bench or could take it outside
and clamp it to the workmate.
When I don't need it, hang it on the wall.
Works pretty slick.

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I just put this together a couple of days ago.
It was my dad's router. He had it mounted to a portable
table but it was too big and weighted a ton.
Router had a pistol grip on it...I took that all off.

I can clamp it to the bench or could take it outside
and clamp it to the workmate.
When I don't need it, hang it on the wall.
Works pretty slick.

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That’s cool. Nice idea.
How do you adjust the height on it ?
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Thatís cool. Nice idea.
How do you adjust the height on it ?
I just use the locking screw on the router
along w/the depth ring.
Mostly though, just eyeball it and
make the obligatory test cuts.
It's really pretty easy.

Compared to $600 for a fancy depth adjuster.....
I can make do.
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That’s cool. Nice idea.
How do you adjust the height on it ?
I just use the locking screw on the router
along w/the depth ring.
Mostly though, just eyeball it and
make the obligatory test cuts.
It's really pretty easy.

Compared to $600 for a fancy depth adjuster.....
I can make do.
Okay
Thanks for sharing &#x1f64f;
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