Outfeed Rollers using Workmate bench as support

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Project by CB_Cohick posted 01-14-2015 06:39 PM 2400 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I am an LJ, and woodworking noob in awe of the projects I see here. I have just started putting together a very small shop to allow me to begin learning how to build some simple projects. I recently acquired a DeWalt dw7491rs table saw for the shop. I knew I was going to need outfeed support, and have looked at the inexpensive retail options , but the whole point of building a shop is the enjoyment I get from making things myself. I got the idea for this simple project from this article, and thought I could build something that would fit my existing Workmate benches, and use up some more of the scraps in my growing pile. The width of the rollers was determined by measuring up the distance between the inside of my Workmate legs, and cutting the 1×3 rails accordingly (17” in this case). For the 2×4 stiles, I measured the distance between the top of my table saw and the top of my Workmate bench, and added in a couple inches for the bench clamp to snug up to (9” for this project). I cut the 1 1/8” dowel and 1 1/4” PVC to 14” (slightly less on the PVC so it would move freely). Finding the center of the dowel was for a pilot hole was the hardest part, but that is another story. I drilled a pilot hole in the stiles 1/2” from the top, so the dowel and PVC would sit ~ 1/8” proud of the top of the stiles. Then I attached the dowel with screws and put the partially assembled rig into my Workmate bench so the roller was just below the level of my table saw top, marking the stiles so I would know where to position the rails. I then attached the rails with screws and, voila! As you can see in one of my photos, my bench dog checked things out and approved.

This is a pretty simple “project”, but everyone has to start somewhere. Thanks for taking a look.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#1 posted 01-15-2015 03:01 PM

great idea. I have been using one of these cheap roller stands, with short T bars on the floor, tips over. only advantage it folds. I have used these tables to clamp buffing motors on a wood plate. multi use now.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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