Chuck’s dad was one of those guys who had training and skill in many shop-related areas including wood and steel. Strangely enough, I benefit it all the time with this outfeed roller he made that spends most of its days in my shop.
The ShopSmith table is small — everyone knows this. It’s a source of constant nagging when you mention the table saw on the Mark V. However, with this custom roller I get a smooth feed and a car in the garage when I’m done for the day — win.
The roller is mounted to a U-shaped frame that’s attached to a pipe. The pipe slides into a tube with a friction pin that locks it in place, and the frame folds and collapses into a very small space that stows cleanly.
I never got to meet Chuck’s dad but on a 95 degree beer-break today I got to thinking, we must have been of a like mind on a few levels. Looking at his handywork, it’s exactly what I would have drawn up as the perfect portable outfeed roller.