Work Supports

Supporting long planks and large panels as they are fed across a saw table ranks as one of the most cumbersome tasks in the woodworking shop. Outfeed tables can be attached to most saws, but they tend to take up a lot of floor space. Once side supports are added to your machine, your shop may become an obstacle course.

Commercial roller stands, like the one shown in the photo at right, make better use of shop space; they can also be moved easily to where they are needed and adjusted to whatever height is suitable. The shop-made stands described below and on the following page share the advantages of the store-bought variety, with the additional benefit of being easy and inexpensive to build. They can also be dismantled and stored when not needed.

There are other work-support jigs that make life easier in the shop. The vise extension stand shown on page 127, for example, solves the problem of keeping long boards edge-up in a bench vise.

A commercial roller stand supports a board being ripped on a radial arm saw. The stand should typically be set 'A-inch below the level of the saw table and positioned two feet from its edge.

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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