Building the Ridgid R4512

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Blog entry by Cathie Zimmerman posted 03-09-2016 07:23 AM 1196 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The good:

1) Thank GOODNESS I’m mechanically inclined. The assembly directions for some reason didn’t explain clear enough for me on some parts and bored me to tears on others. Even though I have it standing on its legs finally… I’m finding that I will likely have to figure out how to remove the caster assembly with the table upright and start over with that one. The foot lever that engages and disengages the casters (so it can roll) is supposed to be on the right side of the table if you are facing it, but it’s a HORRIBLY inconvenient place if you ask me. It’s under the side with the longer wing…? It’s a strange place for the directions to direct placement. I could go on but…

2) I mentor a 13 year old boy; we both got the opportunity to learn patience with each other… Haha! On a serious note though… These are the things he’ll remember about his childhood. He works harder than most adults… Now if we could just get that attitude under control with his parents! Ha!

3) Everything seems well designed and we’ll built so far. Surprisingly, I’m really digging on getting everything square and level. It’s like a rubix cube level 4 million… Challenge accepted!

The bad:

1) Having no reference point is a bit of a challenge. When adjusting the fence rails and zeroing the front rail I found that no matter what I tried I couldn’t get the fence to glide across the table. It sounds like it’s rubbing on something and catching. It’s not a metal on metal sound… More like a kid trying to slow down a Walmart bicycle with cheap breaks kind of sound. Rubber on metal I suppose describes it. I got frustrated at the end of the night and again took the valuable advice of not working tired and called it a day.

2) I mentioned the wheels… But it’s worth mentioning that mine look nothing of what others of the same model look like in their shop videos. Mine has 3 wheels not 4. One swivels like a proper caster the other two are stationary. It’s like maneuvering a clumsy red tricycle instead of artfully directing a 4 wheel drive vehicle. What’s up with that?

All in all… Great day. I’m trying to be patient. I keep having these “holy cow I CAN TRY TO BUILD THAT” moments. Especially when I’m trying to find a tool and realize how poorly organized everything but my power tools are. I need to get through the kid furniture plan first before I undertake another project… But tool organization is at the top of the list.

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#1 posted 03-09-2016 02:54 PM

Cathie, I’m not familiar with your Ridgid saw, but there’s a lot of info here on LJs on the Ridgid saw you have and I’m sure there are those here experienced with it that can help with the fence issue. You should post any questions you may have, in the tools forum. I’m sure you’ll get fine assistance.

Mentoring someone must feel rewarding and I know it’s certainly not easy, so props to you! Oh yeah, I’m learning a bit more about patients too LOL Woodworking and general construction are very different in that regard. ;)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#2 posted 03-10-2016 07:02 AM

Thanks Bill :) I’m definitely going to do that. Although I fixed the squeaking issue, on to an alignment issue.

Yes, it’s one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I’ve always lived in rough neighborhoods and somehow my garage becomes the hangout place… Or the place parents send their kids if they get suspended from school. “There’s always work at aunt Cathie’s house” is kinda the saying. Lol I used to find old aluminum boats with holes that no one wanted and that’s what the kids would work on. They’d learn to rivet, replace rivets, shape aluminum, build interiors and sketch out ideas. One young man was particularly interested in soldering and robotics so we did some of that too. There’s nothing like when they help me build rockets and then get to launch them. The idea is… Is to show them there’s other things out there than getting into trouble.

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