Woodpecker combines a dust port, a clear bit guard, and starting pin in one $30 router table accessory. The free-hand guard allows you to route pieces up to 1-1/2″ thick while removing sawdust and chips. It also gives you a safe view of where the bit meets the workpiece, but of course you still should wear safety glasses.
The free-hand guard attaches to any Woodpecker or Woodcraft Pinnacle router plate — simply screw the guard in place with the two knobs. With the guard also come instructions and hardware to attach it to other brands of plates.
Woodpecker makes the base right here in the USA from laminated birch. They apply a phenolic plate to the birch and attach the acrylic shield and dust port to the plate. The dust port accepts both 2-1/2” and 2-1/4” hoses.
Free-Hand Guard [Woodpeckers]