Using a plunge bit in a router table is it safe to let the wood down on the bit. Of coarse you would need to use the fence. I am talking about bits that are larger than 1/2".
I was slot cutting yesterday with a 1/4" carbide bit. I lowered a piece of 1 1/4" wide by 8" long wood on the bit but I made the slot in three passes. I have no plans to make a larger slot but you can never tell. I am just asking the question so I will know the answer in case I need to.stop block the end so it doesn't kick back and feather board it to the fence so it it doesn't separate from the fence...
can you raise the bit into the work and add a hold doen feather board???
are you slot cutting???
better to use a plunge router w/ a clamp on fence and take take the router to the work....
Why don't you take a picture and post it for us? If you need help with how to do it just ask and I'll walk you through it.My vote is with the hand held approach. I had a near miss once - don't care to repeat it (still trying to not learn the hard way)
I made a template out of 1/2" BB that I use actually quite a bit, anytime I need a "slot like" cut. Just a simple sheet 1'x3' (whatever) with a 1" slot cut in it to guide a 1" bushing and whatever bit I want to use. I made 2 centering keys for it (fits into the slot, with centerlines to match for setup.)
Sorry it took so long - shop was a mess. Anyway I generally use double sided tape from template to part, align the template using the key to the slot CL on both ends and clamp the whole thing down. I only had to fiddle with getting this slot straight.Why don't you take a picture and post it for us? If you need help with how to do it just ask and I'll walk you through it.