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I would rather ask a stupid question than learn the hard way...

I have never used my router tables starter pin or used a pattern to flush trim with on my router table. Below is a Photo of my MLCS Plate with Starter Pin installed it is very close to the bit opening and is in the only hole for the Starter Pin.

I have the template made a 8" high, 5 3/4" triangle type piece and will be able to screw it to the piece to be trimmed (Holes won't be seen). My concern for safety is will there be any kick back if I end up back on the starter pin after starting the cut left to right and trying to manuever the piece around when trimming. I have roughly an 1/8" or less to trim and stopped earlier today to make a variety of push blocks.

I would rather not drill another hole for the starter pin now and save that for cold rainy day. The You Tube video (s) show that most Router Plates have 4 holes at different sides and distances from the bit opening that give you an option to where and how you can start from. So I am needing to know about any kick back or safety concerns to look out for.

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The starter pin is just a fulcrum. Start off with your piece against the pin & ease it into the bit. Once your piece is against the bearing on the bit it would not matter if your piece comes off the starter pin. Just make sure your piece stay's in contact with the bearing during the operation. I use my pin mounted on the right side of the bit as facing the table.

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Under some applications I remove the starter pin once I get the piece started, so it is not in the way.

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Thanks for the information and tips guys. I wouldn't have asked but my finger tips insisted. From the You Tube Video it looked fairly easy and safe. I'm sure there are many who don't use push block (s) for this application and find it much easier and quicker but I'll take the safe way

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Hi Jim.
For this you would not need a regular push block but you might use a push block with a rubber pad for grip. Make sure it stays in contact with the bearing. If your parts are small I would make or buy a jig to hold small parts. You can even use a wood hand screw clamp.

Jig makes it safe to rout small pieces

Wooden Handscrew Clamps - Rockler Woodworking Tools

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...r=push%20block

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Thanks for the links James. The wooden hand screws look a quick ideal solution to small parts on the router table.When I had searched on the Router Forum the other night about starter pins BobJ3 had a picture of some of his shop made blocks and he used the shelf liner that is similar to router mat material. I used a little bit of my mat for the bottoms of my blocks. For whatever reasons I next to never use the router mat.

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Jim, the reason for the starting pin is to prevent the bit from grabbing the wood and pulling it away. To be effective it must be within 3" of the bit. Consider building the VacGuard project. It gives you a guard over the bit, dust collection and functions as a starting pin.
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Yeah Mike what a mess! The VacGuard will be a nice feature one day, I had to shop vac the top after each piece.
I was just trying to avoid an accident with the questions I had conerning the starter pin and any kick back or surprises I might run into. Really there was nothing to trimming the work piece and with a push block the fingers are away from the bit. I initially tried using 2 push blocks but couldn't get the control I felt comfortable with trimming a piece that size. Keeping the hand with the push block closest to the bit and the other hand a safe distance back (6"-8") applying pressure for guidance worked for me and I felt safer doing it like that.

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Using the router table and a template is great..... the easiest way to make identical pieces that are other wise difficult if not impossible to reproduce exactly!

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