Like many woodworkers, you will find roller stands in my shop for extra material support. I do not like the single roller stands, I prefer the stands that provide support with 3 or 4 rollers. This type of roller stand provides a larger surface and better support.
The particular set of roller stands that you see here is the Craftsman brand from Sears. They cost about $70 each several years ago.
But I am still not satisfied with the performance of roller stands on their own. One of the problems is that they will guide your work askew from the intended direction if it is not perfectly aligned to feed straight into the blade. Ball bearing type roller stands will help with this problem but I have a solution with an added benefit.
My solution was to make a table top surface that could be placed over the roller stands. The surface is made from tempered masonite hardboard and hard maple was used to create a simple frame. The frame captures the roller stand and stays in place.
I could have made a small table surface to cover one set of roller stands, but I needed more table surface than one would provide. I created the table top 6 feet long and wide enough to cover the roller stands. Before I had permanent and solid infeed/outfeed tables for my tablesaw, I used this set up on both ends of the tablesaw. The benefit of this for a small shop that is sharing space with cars or in a basement, is that it is flexible and can be stored when not in use and easily set up when needed.
This system does require the purchase of more roller stands, but it provides a lot of table surface. As I stated before, I had to use this system before I set up permanent tables and I actually used it for several years.
Two roller stands are set up in line with each other and the height is adjusted according to the needs of the specific tool being used.
Next I place the table top on the roller stands.
For the outfeed support I prefer the leading edge of the table is lower than the surface of the tool’s table. A straightedge tells the story.
I only used the full setup for the outfeed on this project, but I have another roller stand and table surface for a full setup on the infeed side if needed as well.
Full and proper support on the infeed and outfeed of a saw will increase safety and provide better results through better control.
Not everybody has the luxury and space of a full dedicated shop space so this could be a solution that will work for you, or it may lead you to a solution better suited to your needs.
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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com