DO IT YOURSELF
The 1-by- 4 braces are whitewood. Buy 6- or 8-foot pieces.
Use the 6-foot if carrying the
wood in a car, 8-foot with a pick-up. The top brace is 22 inches
long. The bottom is 19 inches
long. The 2-by- 4 leg braces on
the bottom are fastened inside
the legs to support a shelf if
desired, while the top braces are
outside the legs to add support
for the top.
Tool requirements include a
miter saw, a square, a drill, two
drill bits, a couple of driver bits
for screws, and a wrench to tight-
en hex bolts used for assembly.
Toss in an impact driver to ease
running screws in at the later
stages. The stand is designed
to be constructed from nominal
lumber sizes, so the only cutting
needed is to final lengths and
angles. Standard 3-1/2-by-5/16-
inch hex-head bolts are used,
with nuts and washers right out
of the bins.
Step one, after buying wood
and fasteners, is to square one
Cut it square at the mark.
Set the miter saw at 10 degrees
and carefully lock.
Mark a 2x6 at 37 or 38 inches.
end on each 2-by- 6 to have a
starting point. If you prefer, ends
can first be cut to 10 degrees,
the angle that stabilizes the legs
front to rear when the stand is
in use. The slight leg splay does
a great job of preventing tip-over,
even when fairly long boards are
planed. Make sure to cut both
angles without flipping the
board. The ends look like / /.
With four legs cut to correct
length, the next cuts are the
2-by- 4 side braces. (The length
of the legs is 31-1/4 inches: If
you’re shorter than about 5 feet,
10 inches, cut 1 inch off; if