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January 25, 2015

Put the brakes on a runaway roller stand

Put the brakes on a runaway roller stand

With a small shop, I constantly look for ways to save space. In practicing this shop conservation, I recently invented a roller brake that makes my roller stands serve double-duty as sawhorses.

Drill and tap a hole in one end of the bracket holding the roller. Thread a thread knob through the bracket to accurately mark the roller. Score the roller with a nail set to avoid “bit travel” and drill a hole a little larger than the threaded stud on the knob into the roller. The roller stand can now be changed from a roller to a sawhorse, and back, with a few twists of the knob.

—Yaniv Matza, Tamarac, Fla.


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