Starting pins are essential when free hand routing. I installed a PC 7518 into the economy router table top like the one shown in the sticky thread and realized I didn't have a starting pin for it. Here is a simple method using a 1/4" carriage bolt, a piece of water supply tubing and a plug from a hole cutter to build your own. Put the carriage bolt through the plug and apply a little super glue to keep it in place. Cut a 1" section off the scrap supply tubing and put it over the bolt. I drilled a hole in a scrap of HDPB to hold the pin while spraying it with the Rustoleum Grip Guard spray I found on clearance for $2.49. I kept turning it while it dried so there wouldn't be any runs. This pin is easy to install/remove and works great; the Grip Guard makes for a nice feel in your hand.
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Last edited by Mike; 11-09-2011 at 02:01 PM.