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Routing Small Pieces

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?

Auxiliary top One solution is to add an auxiliary top made of 1/8" hardboard. To provide clearance for the router bit, you'll need to drill a hole in the top. Note: Drill the hole slightly larger than the bit.

All it takes to attach the top to the router 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 how to safely hold a small workpiece.

The best way I found to do this is to hold them with a rubber-bottom grout trowel. This way, I can control the cut without getting my fingers close to the bit. Note: Grout trowels are available at most hardware stores and home centers.