03 Feb Compass Universal Roller Guide from Harvey
Harvey Woodworking have hit another home run with this ingeniously simple and eloquently designed roller guide. The device is crafted in anodized aircraft grade aluminum, and it can be used on table saws, router tables, band saws or any machine with a standard T miter groove. It holds work against the fence to eliminate chatter and protect fingers, while providing more even pressure than a feather-board.
There are two models of the new guide (RG-1 and RG-2), and the difference is that they cater to different thicknesses of stock. RG-1 ($229) works best for stock that is 1/16” to 2” thick, while RG-2 ($249) handles stock from 1/16” to about 4” tall.
Rollers provide less resistance than friction-based feather-boards, and these rollers are riding on one-way bearings to reduce the risk of kickback. The rollers have a unique suspension mechanism, and the holding force is adjustable anywhere from 15 to 22 lbs. That’s controlled by a simple, intuitive knob on the top that moves the rollers toward or away from the fence when there is too much or too little resistance as the work is being fed through the machine. Each roller is fitted with its own spring, so they can move independently of each other. The tires on the rollers are polyurethane rubber for a superior grip that won’t damage the wood.
There’s a precision T-slot bar that slides in a standard ¾” wide x 3/8” deep T-slot miter groove. The universal roller guide works on the left or right of a table saw blade (before the blade, not after it), and is ideal for holding stock against a tall re-saw fence on a band-saw. It also works well on shapers where two might be employed to provide superior holding down to the table as well as against the fence.