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Working with small parts can be one of the most dangerous things in woodworking. The problem is, that sometimes these little parts will eject out of your hand or pliers, and when they do, the pressure of your hand and arm can result in injury with a saw blade, router bit or even a belt or disc sander.
Easily the best way to handle small parts if from a bit of a distance and with a jig that supports them firmly and keeps your hands and limbs away from the cutting surfaces.
Watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/oIgEG8wViaU
To make this jig I used some bits of off-cut wood that was laying around the shop ... I made mine 17 inches long and 2 1/2 inches high with 3/4 inch lumber. The end cap was 5 inches wide ...