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Router Table Starter Pin Makes Routing Smoother

A router table starter pin puts you in control of your work for smoother results.

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Start with a starter pin

Start with a starter pin

Functioning much like a fulcrum, this router table accessory is as valuable as it is simple. Used in combination with earing-piloted router bits, a starter pin lets you brace your workpiece for more precise and controlled freehand edgework.

You can buy metal and plastic starter pins, such as a brass version from Eagle America (, but it's easy to make one from a dowel or a piece of steel rod. Pins should snugly fit the starter pin hole in the router table and need only reach about an inch above the table surface.

Starter pins are best mounted less than 2" from the outside edge of your bit. If you're using a homemade router table that's not predrilled for a starter pin, drill the pin hole slightly in front and to the right of the bit on the infeed side.

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Comments (5)
jsbergner wrote:

wonderful, simple idea! Thank you

8/6/2014 04:17:40 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

Thank you very much. You're a big help.

9/16/2011 09:49:09 PM Report Abuse
bob_julie1 wrote:

Wow that was much better than what google gave me. Thanks

6/21/2011 12:03:58 PM Report Abuse

Once again your explanation was easy to understand and made a sometimes scary operation seemed doable, tnx vry much!! HAGAR

5/18/2010 09:06:18 AM Report Abuse
cnfeller wrote:

this is the exact info i needed. i suspected this was the answer, but i needed confirmation. it also expanded with some additional info. thanks

3/7/2010 11:06:29 AM Report Abuse

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