MicroJig ZeroPlay Guide Bar System

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
5.0
out of 5
Brand:
Micro-Jig
Model:
ZP9-B2S2
Price:
$36

Description

ZeroPlay Guide Bar System
Guide bars are easily calibrated
Includes two guide bars, two ZeroPlay stops
Assembly hardware included

WOOD magazine review

Build accurate jigs with slop-free guide bars

Review Summary

I’ve made countless tablesaw jigs and sleds over the years, using hardwood guides that fit into the miter slot. But almost without fail they bind in the summer and wiggle in the winter as they swell and shrink with seasonal humidity changes. ZeroPlay Guide Bars eliminate those problems for smooth-gliding, perfect-fitting jigs. Each guide bar consists of two thin, 9-1/4"-long pieces of sturdy glass-filled nylon.
Stack them together in a miter slot, and when you push the top one forward, opposing wedges on each piece tighten the fit perfectly. Then secure the two halves with screws and attach your jig or sled. I rebuilt several of my jigs using ZeroPlay Guide Bars, and they work better than ever. You can buy individual guide bars, or get a kit that includes two guide bars and two ZeroPlay Guide Stops, 1-1/2"-long fixtures that come with a bolt and knob that lock in T-track. Attach a common hold-down (not included) and one of these stops works great for positioning a stopblock on a router table or securing a workpiece on a drill press. —Tested by Jan Svec

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Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Practical, but assembly instruction needs mod

Review Summary

Bottom plate contains six brass inserts. Three inserts are for fastening to jig with supplied machine screws. Remaining three are used to lock in the miter slot width as the top and bottom are stacked, sitting in the miter slot. Concept is to have the bottom piece fixed while the top piece moves in relation to the bottom.
Sounds complicated but it really is not. Per assembly instructions, the miter slot lock-in procedure precedes attachment to jig. Problem is, if for any reason the user discovers excessive play after fastening to jig, entire bar assembly (top/bottom pieces) must be removed and 'bench-tested', so to say. My solution: drill three additional 1/8thin holes through the jig, using as template the three brass inserts used for miter slot width lock-in. This, then, is performed as the very FIRST step. Now, following manufacturer's instructions, the stack can be adjusted, locked in and fastened to the jig. The three extra through holes permit fine-tuning by allowing hex-key access to lock-in (adjusting) machine screws from jig surface top. I find the ZeroPlay Guide Bar System works for me; a practical alternative to spending umteen hours fiddling with a home-made, hardwood miter slot bar that will eventually get out of whack by expanding and contracting, triggered by varying humidity.

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Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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