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Just a quick question please guys. I want to drill and tap a hole in my insert plate to take a starter pin.

I only have youtube vids to go on here, and I'm guessing from watching a few that the distance between the center of the bit and the center of the pin is around 3 inches.

Wonder if anyone can inform me of the correct distance please before I start drilling.

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I don't know if there is a standard or if it matters John. The pin is just to steady the piece on as you start to touch the bit.
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I don't know if there is a standard or if it matters John. The pin is just to steady the piece on as you start to touch the bit.
Starter pin hole is about 2.5" from the router centerline on my Bosch RA1181 router table, just outside the tabletop insert. It is located at about 1:30 on the "clock", viewed from directly above.

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Starter pin hole is about 2.5" from the router centerline on my Bosch RA1181 router table, just outside the tabletop insert. It is located at about 1:30 on the "clock", viewed from directly above.

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Same for me....but since you are drilling new, check to see if 1:30'ish is good for your pieces...I put another hole at about 3:00 to the bit...

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Same for me....but since you are drilling new, check to see if 1:30'ish is good for your pieces...I put another hole at about 3:00 to the bit...
put in several...
different set backs and locations...

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Seems to me i got one from Rockler. It was close to 3/8ths diameter, a little over an inch long with a 1/4 thread. 2 for $4.99. https://www.rockler.com/fulcrum-pins...r-table-plates

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I've seen the videos on them, but never saw the need. Never used one, and have never had any problems.

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I use the fence which is perfect except for a few curved projects.
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I was once in a conversation with one of my employees. I spoke of his use of the starter pin and he said he never uses them - even on freehand work...
I said "Hey - Will you arm wrestle me for $100.00?" He was about twice my size and half my age and I'm certain he could crush my hand.
He turned and was looking for a table or bench and I said, "What you looking for? I'm wanting to do this FREEHAND!" Talk about a puzzled look, he was dumbfounded. I told him that in arm wrestling you need a pivot point - then he understood about the starter pin!

If the FENCE doesn't do the job, then a starter pin is necessary IMHO!

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