Easy levelers for shop work stands
We were about halfway through the photo shoot for Michael Fortune’s awesome work-support stand in FWW #244 (Tools & Shops), when he said. “By the way, there is a wonderful improvement I always meant to make to this stand,” he said. Nice timing, Michael!
Unfortunately, the project was too far along at that point, and we didn’t end up having room in the article anyway. So I promised Michael we would do it as a free online extra.
Here it is: Simply by making a big bevel cut at each corner of the base, and hacksawing a small slot in the top of the bolt for each adjustable foot, you can make the feet adjustable from above with a screwdriver. Otherwise you have to bend over farther and twist the bottom of each foot by hand.
The pictures show how easy it is. It’s cool how the hacksaw blade creates a screwdriver slot. To learn how to build this rock-solid, smooth adjusting support stand, read the full article.
Most shop floors will require you to individually adjust one or more of the feet to remove wobble and also level the stand with whatever machine you are using. On the original stand you have to bend over and reach below the base to spin the foot.
This improvement lets you adjust the feet from above, using a flat screwdriver.
Before sawing a slot in the top of each leveling foot, it helps to use a trangular file to make a shallow pathway.
Saw lightly at first. Drag the saw backward to get it started, and make the first few strokes light ones, to keep the saw on track. Notice how the bolt is held safely between wood blocks.
Saw deep enough so your screwdriver will get a good hold on the slot.
Hold the adjustable foot up against the leg so you are sure you are chopping off enough of it to access the end of the bolt.
Chop to the line. A miter saw is a good tool for making this big bevel cut.
Quick twist. The screwdriver fits right into the slot, making adjustments quicker and easier.