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Forum topic by phlyers posted 10-06-2013 10:22 PM 1543 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2013 10:22 PM

I just put my router on the extension wing of my t/s. I want to add a starter pin but unsure of where to place it.
A lot of pieces that I will use it for are 2 1/2” wide and i’d be rounding over every edge. Looks like a lot of starter pins are to the right of the bit. Does it matter where it’s placed? I’m left handed if that matters.

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#1 posted 10-06-2013 11:31 PM

Put it where it works best for you and how you run your work pieces through- its only function is to give you a safe start so the bit wont grab and tear up your piece or hands.

Good Luck

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#2 posted 10-06-2013 11:38 PM

I guess to the left would be ok. I feel more comfortable when my right hand is closest to the cutter. Well not CLOSE but you get what i’m saying.

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#3 posted 10-06-2013 11:49 PM

With the starter pin on the left, wouldn’t you be doing climb cuts? In my experience, climb cuts produce good results, but a lot can go wrong in a hurry … make sure you have firm control of the workpiece.

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#4 posted 10-06-2013 11:58 PM

phlyers, might be you can put the pin where ever you want, but on my router table the feed direction is normal from my right to left. It just feels right to use the starter pin on the in-feed side of the cut and be able to start the cut on the part end or corner. Actually the table which I use a pin is small enough that I can approach the bit from any side but I usually work from the side with the switch.

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#5 posted 10-07-2013 12:00 AM

Well, think about where you’d prefer to stand. A router
table mounted in a table saw in the right wing makes the
fence (if you are using one aligned or the same as the table
saw fence) okay for some cuts, but for bearing-guided cuts,
why not stand where you prefer, perhaps in front of
the table saw or perhaps behind?

In any case, the pin locations can be opposite each other,
(and I think having 2 gives you options one doesn’t) with
the bit in the center.

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#6 posted 10-07-2013 12:48 AM

As long as you’re moving left to right, you’ll be okay. Try it and if it doesn’t work for you, drill another hole.

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