How to Make Easy Outfeed Rollers - Video Tutorial

Thursday, November 1, 2018
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About a month ago I published a video for my Double Ended flip-top workbench and you guys have been AMAZING! Thank you! The response has been really great. Apparently, you guys love shop builds. 

In the video, I mentioned I'd be releasing the follow-up video for the outfeed rollers that I paired with my new Ridgid 13" Thickness planer. Well, life got crazy and I ended up going to Japan for 8 days! (yes, it was unbelievable). So, I'm finally sharing the whole build, including free plans for you to build your own outfeed roller system. 

This system is super cheap (under $20) and could be modified to work with a number of different large tools, like a miter saw or even a table saw. A good outfeed system help make moving, milling, and cutting large materials much safer and easier. 


Materials List:


  • (1) 2 x 6 x 36"
  • (4) 7/8" wood dowel
  • (1) 10' x 1-1/4" PVC pipe (inner diameter approx 1")

Cut List:


  • (2) 2 x 6 @ 15"
  • (7) 7/8" dowel @ 15"
  • (7) 1-1/4" PVC @ 14-15/16" 


Check out the video tutorial for the full build. For the plan diagrams and steps, keep scrolling.



1. Cut Materials

Use a miter saw or hand saw to cut boards, dowels and PVC pipe to lengths.


2. Attach Dowels

Align wood dowels perpendicular to one of the 2 x 6 side boards. Space 7/8" diameter dowels, 2"center to center and allow a 1-1/2" spacing from either end. Use the height of your tool's outfeed to determine the vertical spacing of the dowel's location. Pre-drill and secure dowels to side board using 3" screws.



3. Add PVC Pipe

Slide a 14-15/16" PVC pipe sleeve over each wood dowel.


4. Add Second Side

Place the second, 2 x 6 side board on the opposite end of the dowels. Pre-drill and secure using 3" screws.  



5. Align and Install

Place roller assembly in line with your large tool. For a more secure option, attach the assembly to the work surface. 


These are SO HANDY! I am incredibly grateful I build this simple out feed roller system, every single time I use my planer. I kinda want to make two small sets for either side of my miter saw as well. 

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