Woodworking Tips Index
Routing Small Pieces
When routing small pieces on a router table, how do you keep them from tipping into the hole in the insert plate?
One solution is to add an auxiliary top made
of 1/8" hardboard, see drawings. To provide clearance for the router bit, you'll need to drill a hole in the top slightly larger than the bit.
All it takes to attach the top to the table is a few strips of carpet tape. With the top in place, raise the bit through the hole to the desired height, and you're ready to start routing. The only problem is safely holding on to a small workpiece.
The best way I found to do this is to hold it with a rubber-bottomed grout trowel, see photo. This way, I can control the small piece without getting my fingers close to the bit. Note: grout trowels are available at most hardware stores and home centers.
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