Building the support
Swiveling casters will roll in any direction, so you can use the support on either side of the table saw or other tool.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
Once you’ve established the correct outfeed height for a shop tool, screw a cleat to the support and you’ll never need to adjust it again.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
Need a hand to support jumbo workpieces at the table saw, drill press, band saw, router table or planer? You’ll work a lot safer and easier and achieve better results if you grab some scrap wood and construct this stand. You’ll need:
- Two 18-in.-long 1x2s
- One 18-in.-long 1×4
- One 12-in. x 28-in. x 3/4-in. plywood sheet
- 1×2 height adjustment boards
- Twelve light-duty swiveling casters with 1-1/4-in.-diameter wheels
- 3/4-in. No. 10 pan head wood screws
- 1-1/2-in. drywall screws
Lay out mounting lines every 1-3/4 in. along the 1×4. Attach the casters with the pan head screws, staggering the casters on alternate edges of the 1×4 so they won’t collide when they swivel. Center and screw the 1x2s on one end of the plywood to make a T-shaped base, and screw the caster board to both 1x2s.
Clamp the whole assembly to a sawhorse and hold it alongside the tool’s table. Adjust the height so the tops of the casters are flush with the table. Screw on a separate height adjustment cleat for any other tools you have that could use more support for long boards. Then you won’t have to waste time on setup every time you move to a new tool.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Circular saw
- Cordless drill
- Countersink drill bit
- Miter saw
- Safety glasses
- Table saw
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- 1-5/8-in. drywall screws
- 3/4-in. x #10 pan head wood screws
- Swiveling casters