Versatile Roller Guide
By: Woodsmith staff
I use a lot of thin stock in my projects. But it can be difficult to rip thin stock to a consistent thickness. That’s why I came up with the roller guide you see here. It’s designed to work at the band saw or any other tool with a miter slot, like a table saw or router table.
It works great as a stop for ripping thin strips or to help keep a workpiece against a rip fence. Switch out the miter slot hardware for a flange bolt and it can be used as a hold-down when attached to a fence with T-track.
It’s just a piece of plywood sandwiched between a couple layers of hardboard. I glued oversized pieces together, then cut and sanded them to shape after the glue dried. I drilled the ends of the slot next and used a jig saw to remove the waste. A file and sandpaper helped smooth the cut lines. Now you can add the bearings. Just insert a short length of dowel into a hole drilled in the end of the guide.