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Australian Woodsmith 25th March 2020

Roller Stand Brace

Some workshop roller stands tend to fold up easily when using them. This can be especially dangerous if the stand is being used for outfeed support while cutting material at the table saw.

I solved this problem by making a brace out of PVC pipe. The brace slips over one leg of the support stand and snaps down over the other when the stand is open to lock the legs apart. When you want to fold up the stand, the brace folds up, as well (inset photo, above).

SIMPLE DESIGN. Start by measuring the diameter of the legs on the support stand. When you shop for the PVC pipe and fittings, you’ll need an inside diameter that fits over the legs. One tee stays intact and slips on one leg. On the other end, I used a “snap tee” that slips over the leg. Snap tees are commonly used in sprinkler irrigation applications and are easy to find in the plumbing section at large hardware stores.

By using a 90° street elbow above the snap tee, the brace can easily be disengaged by slipping your foot underneath the pipe and popping the snap tee off the leg of the roller stand.

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
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