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FWIW, my router is a fixed base one I got at HD, not a plunge router. I built a simple table top for it with a lift that can be controlled from the top.

If I want to start a cut in the middle of a piece, say for a slot or something, how do you do that with a table-mounted router?

Can I hold the piece to the table with a hold down, start the router, and then use my lift to raise the router into the piece where I want to start? That SEEMS ok, but being new at this, I am worried that there might be something unsafe about it, so I figured it is better to ask than learn the hard way.
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Smart.
It is unsafe. Inside cutting on the router table is hazardous.
The work can self feed whilst you're changing depth, break the cutter and spoil the work.
Starting & stopping is nothing but burning and bungee risk.
Inside work should be done with a plunger x hand.
Lots of priors? Then consider the pin router.
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I second that warning. I did something like that a few days ago and ruined a nice piece of wood and broke a spiral bit. I tried routing a slot in a piece of wood and had drilled a 1/4 inch hole at each end of the slot,set up the fence, dropped the wood down over the bit, started the router and that is where things went all to hell. My 1/4 inch hole was all of a sudden the size of a half dollar and the bit broke before I could get the router shut off. Luckily I wasn't hurt, but I assure you I won't try that again.

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I second that warning. I did something like that a few days ago and ruined a nice piece of wood and broke a spiral bit. I tried routing a slot in a piece of wood and had drilled a 1/4 inch hole at each end of the slot,set up the fence, dropped the wood down over the bit, started the router and that is where things went all to hell. My 1/4 inch hole was all of a sudden the size of a half dollar and the bit broke before I could get the router shut off. Luckily I wasn't hurt, but I assure you I won't try that again.
You start the router before you lower the piece of timber onto the cutter. Set a stop for where you want the slot to start and on the other side of the fence where you want the slot to finish, I have used this method many time without any mishap.

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Hi Chris, Set your fence and the router bit to the depth and distance you require, set a stop to the left of your bit where you want the slot to start, on the right side of your bit set another stop for the length of the slot, start your router and set the butt of the timber against the stop to the left of the bit and lower the piece of timber down onto the router bit, slide the timber to the other stop and you have the slot.

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Harold, So you are routing from left to right with the wood to the fence so the wood won't be forced in to the fence and slung across the shop?

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This the time you would use your ski jig setup, it's very safe to do it ..

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You start the router before you lower the piece of timber onto the cutter. Set a stop for where you want the slot to start and on the other side of the fence where you want the slot to finish, I have used this method many time without any mishap.

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You start the router before you lower the piece of timber onto the cutter. Set a stop for where you want the slot to start and on the other side of the fence where you want the slot to finish, I have used this method many time without any mishap.

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Yeah, I finally figured that out and also have done it a few times with no mishaps and I also use a push pad on the board to keep it flat on the table and against the fence. The problem I have most days is, it takes me a while to wake up and smell toast burning.

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I just drill a hole slightly larger than my router bit. Set the wood over the bit, turn the router on, and proceed. Never had any problems.
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