When my home-exercise treadmill finally died, I took it apart so that it would be easier to move and so that I could dispose of it with my household garbage. When I got to the wide roller for the main belt, though, I couldn’t bear to toss it, even though I didn’t have any particular use in mind. Then one day I needed an outfeed roller for my tablesaw.
As shown in the drawing at right, I built a sawhorse as a support stand. Something smaller would have worked, but I can always use an extra sawhorse. The roller is mounted on a 1x upright that rides in a pair of slots cut in the sawhorse’s top and shelf. A homemade clamp built with T-nuts and a carriage bolt holds the roller at whatever height I need.
Kevin Ireton, New Milford, CT
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #228