This stand really delivers. If you're looking for a versatile, sturdy shop helper, then this support stand will fit the bill. You can start it using any scrap hardwood for the parts, and the design can evolve with your skills by adding auxiliary tops for versatility. Adjustable feet accommodate uneven floors, teaming up with a broad base and a strong sliding column to keep the stand from budging under heavy work. Woodworker Michael Fortune built this same stand many years ago and here he walks you through how to build one for your shop.
19-1/2 in. wide by 28 in. long by 29 in. tall
extensive full-size and scale drawings
step-by-step companion article
Contributing editor Michael Fortune has designed and built furniture for clients across North America for more than 40 years. One of Canada’s most acclaimed contemporary furniture masters, he has taught at many schools and craft centers, including Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design, Ryerson Polytechnical University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, Anderson Arts Center in Colorado, Australian National University, Centre for Fine Woodworking in New Zealand, and the Marc Adams School in Indiana. In 1993, Michael became the first furniture maker to receive Canada’s prestigious Bronfman Award for excellence in fine craft. He was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2000, received the Award of Distinction in 2007 from the Furniture Society, and has just been awarded the Mather Award for Lifetime Achievement.