You need to use a starting pin. To use a starting pin you contact the pin first and then ease the work piece into the bit from right to left, then you can remove the piece from the pin after you have started the cut. The pin is to give you something to help steady the piece and help prevent the initial kick back upon contact. Also you need to lower the bit to where only the bearing is contacting the pattern/template and prior to starting any bearing bit be sure to check the bearing for tightness. It can be quite a shock if the bearing comes off and tears up your piece as well as the template.
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Last edited by curiousgeorge; 06-22-2009 at 11:27 AM.