Fortune's Adjustable Support Stand

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Project by HappyHowie posted 06-03-2020 03:52 PM 1037 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had announced here that I decided to build Michael Fortune’s dining chairs to match the dining table I made. I bought that plan from The dining chair plan I bought from In order to build several chairs, I need to build many JIGs that will assist me in this endeavor. One of these JIGs is an adjustable support stand that Michael Fortune authored in a previous Fine Woodworking Magazine article.

I had some nice red oak on my lumber rack that I chose to use for this project.

I had some Tried & True Danish Oil leftover from the table build. I used it on this stand. I will make some hardwood plugs to cover my countersink screw holes. That small task will complete this build.

I will post another photo that actually shows this stand being used in my shop. However, this stand does look nice enough to be a piece of furniture.

As with anything build right, attention to detail is important. Routing the two slots precisely centered is not an easy task even when you have used great layout tools. The fault is my own; not my Incra T-rules.

This was a fun build.

I posted another photograph. This new one shows the walnut plugs I added to cover the countersunk screw holes. I will add another photo soon that will show an application and use of this support stand.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 06-03-2020 05:31 PM

Very good looking mechanisam. Suitable for many aplications!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-03-2020 06:16 PM

I am not going to be able to sleep at night until I see how this is used!!!!!!!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 06-03-2020 09:57 PM

Nice build. That stand of his is a winner. So many heights, all from one stand.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 06-04-2020 01:47 AM

I will get many uses from Michael Fortune’s support stand that was presented in the #244 Tools & Shops Issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine..

Some ideas of its use are in that article and I have included some of those images below.

For my dining chair project, this stand will be supporting the two large JIGs that will assist me in cutting the curved ribs that will be glued together to make my chair’s backs and seats. The stand itself is off the image but will be supporting the weight of these jigs and the long pivot arms that give my backs and seats its curves.

As Michael wrote to me this morning: “BTW I’ve made a variety of add ons for the stand, a straight roller, eyeball rollers, carpeted top, height add on so it will work with my drill press too.”

I do plan to make many, if not all, of these add ons; especially the height add-on.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#5 posted 06-04-2020 10:33 AM

Nice stand. Its cool the author wrote to you.

-- Petey

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