Fine Woodworking's Adjustable Work Stand Plan

Fine Woodworking's Adjustable Work Stand Plan

By:  Fortune, Michael

Product ID:  011501
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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.

Simple joinery, smooth action. Assembled with dadoes, screws, and biscuits, this support stand has a broad, stable base and an adjustable column that slides easily and locks solidly. The top can be quickly and precisely adjusted from 44 in. high—tall enough for a bandsaw—down to 31 in., so it stores under a tablesaw’s outfeed table.

Sure-footed base keeps it stable. 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. Compared to store-bought stands, this one is more stable and easier to level.

With expert guidance as you build. Woodworker Michael Fortune built this same stand many years ago and here he walks you through how to build one for your shop.


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Finished Size:
19-1/2 in. wide by 28 in. long by 29 in. tall


  • Extensive full-size and scale drawings
  • Complete cutlist
  • Step-by-step companion article