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A useful and versatile shop stand

I use this material stand almost daily. The base is a disk blade base. Three sizes of square tubing ( 1½, 1¼, and 1 inch) are all telescoped together. At the top is an angle iron bracket and a 12-inch-long 1-inch pipe with planter tail wheel bearings pressed in to create a roller. It adjusts low enough to align with the height of my band saw and then tall enough to hold material when I stand to drill holes at the drill press. I made the clamps by grinding a hole in the corner of the tube and welding a 3∕8-inch nut over the hole. A grade 8 bolt with a ¼-inch rod loop welded on the end finishes the clamps.  

-Varel Bailey from Anita, Iowa

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