No particular tricks are involved in using the mounting plate. You simply drive the mounting screws through the appropriate holes into the router base. Maneuver the router through the tabletop opening, and scat the plate in the rabbet. Chuck a bit in the collet, plug in the muter, and you are ready for router table work.
The weight of the router will keep the plate in place.
A big advantage this mounting plate design has over the old boltcd-to-the-tabletop mounting schemes surfaces when you need to change bits. With the router mounted (more or less permanently) beneath the tabletop.you have to stniggle to change bits. Often, you can't see what you are doing, because the tabletop provides no window to the router.
But with the clear plastic mounting plate, you can see through the plate to see where you've got the wrenches. Even better, you can pull the router up out of the tabletop and give yourself easy access for bit changes.
I can't think of a single instance in which freehand routing on the router table is appropriate. In every operation that comes to mind, you use cither a starting pin or a fence, even a sled, a template guide, or an overhead pin. to help you guide and control the workpiece.
Fences that can be used arc covered in other chapters: "Table Saw Extension Router Table" on page 183, "Bench-Top Router Table" on page 203, "Floor-Standing Router Table" on page 212, and "Split Fence" on page 237. The point here is the starting pin you made. Whenever you arc routing with a piloted bit but no fence, use that starting pin. Brace the work against the pin. then "lever" it into the bit. The pin is fixed, so you can brace the work against it securely. Moreover, the pin gives you leverage, multiplying the strength of your hold on the wood and dampening the cutter's energy. (If you arc working without a starting pin. then the spinning bit is your fulcrum.)
Once the cutter is engaged and the work is in firm contact with the pilot, the pin is superfluous. It won't bun to keep the work against it throughout as much of the cut as possible, but you can't always keep the work against both the pin and the cutter. You'll probably find that if you concentrate on keeping the work against the pin throughout the cut, you'll occasionally let it get away from the pilot, leaving an unfinished feel to the cut.
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