When working with large or heavy stock, these shop helpers increase safety and accuracy
Synopsis: In this article, we’ve tested a selection of support stands and spell out the virtues and drawbacks of each. Mark Schofield details the features on each stand, what to look for, the pros and cons, and which projects they complement. Based on this market review, Fine Woodworking’s shop manager then built a stand that combines the best features found on ones in the market, and the article includes complete instructions for building it. You’ll wonder how you ever worked without one!
From Fine Woodworking #166
Lacking an outfeed table for my tablesaw, I carefully coached my wife where to stand and how to hold the wood being ripped for the large bookcase I was building. The cut was almost completed when my wife brought the two cut sections back together again, trapping the blade. Voice communication was impossible over the screaming blade and earmuffs, and both my…