Posted October 10, 2018

Rockler wins three product innovation awards

Pro lift, convertible benchtop router table and Lock-Align drawer organizer system earn high marks.

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has won three 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Awards for the recently introduced Pro Lift router lift, Convertible Benchtop Router Table and Lock-Align Drawer Organizer System.

The annual awards recognize the most innovative tools in the residential and commercial construction industries. A panel of judges made up of tool and media professionals from across the United States and Canada evaluated nearly 300 tool entries from more than 60 manufacturers for this year's awards. Judges were looking for innovative features, advanced power delivery, groundbreaking ergonomics, technological advancements and value.

The Pro Lift, which won in the "Cutting & Routing Accessories" category, drew praise from the judges for the fast, precise cutter-height adjustments delivered by the Quick-Gear mechanism and fine-adjustment dial.

"Two speed adjustments let you raise your router quickly, then dial it into an incredibly precise height," the judges wrote. "Since you can zero the fine adjustment, you’re also able to maintain that high precision no matter what bit you have installed."

It was the second award this year for the Pro Lift, which earlier won an Innov8 award from Wood magazine.

Another routing accessory, the Convertible Benchtop Router Table, won in the "Stands, Tables & Bases" category. Judges highlighted its multiple mounting options and alluded to the specially designed baseplate, which locks into the table but can also be left on the router for handheld routing.

"What our team really loves about Rockler’s Convertible Benchtop Router Table is how versatile it is to use on a workbench or install against a wall," the judges wrote. "Add in the quick installation or removal of your router, and you have a recipe for a pro-level, jobsite feel. All that at a price that’s within reach for hobbyist woodworkers and makers."

The Lock-Align Drawer Organizer System, which features cut-to-fit interlocking trays plus bins and dividers, won in the "Storage Organizers & Accessories" category.

"Ever look at drawer organizers and wish you could change just a couple of things to suit your needs? Rockler solves the problem for you with their Lock-Align Drawer Organizer," the judges wrote. "You can customize your drawer—no matter what size it is—into the perfect space for screws or fuses or connectors or plumbing fittings or … well, you get the idea."

"We're very happy to have won these awards," said Dan Wenning, Rockler's director of product development. "A desire to innovate drives everything we do, and it's really gratifying when our products receive this kind of recognition."

The Pro Lift is available in two plate sizes – 8-1/4" x 11-3/4" (52429) and 9-1/4" x 11-3/4" (55803); both are priced at $369.99.

The Convertible Benchtop Router Table is available with baseplates drilled for compact or midsize routers; prices start at $199.99.

The Lock-Align Drawer Organizer System Starter Kit (56117) is priced at $24.99; additional components are sold separately.

All can be purchased exclusively at or at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware stores nationwide, as well as through the Rockler catalog. For store locations or a free catalog, visit or call 1-877-ROCKLER.