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Blog series by William Shelley updated 05-30-2016 12:43 AM 3 parts 13113 reads 20 comments total

Part 1: Ridgid R4512 tablesaw fixing and improving

05-19-2014 05:58 PM by William Shelley | 4 comments »

Hi everyone, first post here on LJ. I’ve done my fair share of lurking and finally decided to sign up. Today I have a few photos of some improvements I made to my Ridgid R4512 hybrid saw. Given that this saw is available at HD and is reasonably priced for a new tool, I imagine I’m not the only hobbyist with one of these and I also imagine every other owner has been a bit peeved with the inherent design flaw of the aluminum extrusions that the fence slides on. In a brilliant log...

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Part 2: Clamp rack / organization

06-15-2014 04:44 AM by William Shelley | 10 comments »

I’ve been spending some time lately working on some organization projects. During the assembly of the bandsaw I’ve been working on, I ended up adding a large number of F-clamps to my arsenal and they have not had a home. So it was time to make a place for clamps to live. I didn’t take a lot of photos of the construction process (and let’s face it, these are simple and straightforward, not very interesting stuff), but below are some photos of the nearly complete rack...

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Part 3: Air compressor upgrade - drainage whip

05-30-2016 12:43 AM by William Shelley | 6 comments »

I’m sure draining an air compressor of any accumulated water is possibly one of the least-fun maintenance activities out there. I’m assuming also that most compressors have virtually no room to fit a bucket underneath the drainage port at the bottom of the tank, so you end up having to tilt the unit to drain, which means not all the water gets out. I used a short piece of air hose (4’), a pair of 3/8 barb x 1/4” NPT fittings, a 1/4 NPT x 1/4 NPT close elbow, and a s...

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