Process Improvement, Shop Helpers, Shop Safety, Woodsmith Magazine
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My Table Saw Roller Stand

One of my best shop helpers.

My best shop helper.

Every now and then, someone will shoot me a question about the roller stand which I use as an out-feed table. I built it a loooong time ago, after seeing one in the August, 1990 issue of Woodsmith magazine.

If you don’t have some sort of out-feed support for your table saw then you know that keeping boards from falling to the floor can be a problem. More importantly, holding a piece of lumber while the blade stops spinning is a safety concern. The need for adequate support after the cut is critical.

I chose this design because it provides the needed adjustable parts and was easy to build. The magazine article focused on a narrow option for the roller stand, but I chose the wide roller stand option and ordered their kit. The kit provided all the non-wood parts needed to build the stand.

I found a scanned copy of issue #70 of Woodsmith online; as you can see from the exploded view above, the designer of the roller stand utilized basic joinery techniques (click the images to enlarge).

The design allows a wide range of vertical movement which was important when I bought my Jet table saw. The table surface of my Jet saw is lower than the Craftsman saw I was using when the roller stand was built.

The levelers which serve as feet for the roller stand do a fine job of helping zero in the height so that the top of the stand is in line with my table saw surface.

Roller Stand 012

Roller Stand 015a

A few years ago, I considered replacing my roller stand with a cabinet which doubled as an out-feed table. But I nixed that idea due to the fact that my roller stand is easy to move which has been important. Plus, I can lay a piece of hard board on top of it transforming the roller stand into a light duty work surface.

The cost of hardware for this project was $44.95 plus shipping. The lumber cost was minimal. Now, more than 20 years after it was built, my roller stand quietly does its job without any problems at all. It has been a very successful addition to my shop.

As far as I can tell, Woodsmith no longer offers plans for this roller stand, but you can download the image above showing the exploded view, cut list and cutting diagram by clicking here. There is a similar plan available from The New Yankee Workshop. See it by clicking here.

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2 Comments

  1. Jason Johnston says

    I just watched Norm build his own. Does it pull the wood in one direction or the other. I have used a regular one roller roller stand and it tends to pull the wood I move across one direction or the other.

    • Hey Jason, this roller stand has the potential to cause wood to move, but I am careful to keep the stand perpendicular to the saw. Even when it is out of alignment a little, wood movement has not been an issue.

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