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09-10-2015 03:50 PM

Ridgid battery dilemma - 8 replies

I first posted this in the hand tools section, by accident, because, well, a battery powered hand tool is held in the hand. Anyway, here is the entry again, updated, and probably in a better location: I have some older Ridgid hand tools: 12-volt nicad types. Ridgid has discontinued those tools and the batteries are no longer available from...

09-10-2015 02:39 AM

Problem with older Ridgid hand-tool battery - 9 replies

I have some older Ridgid hand tools: 12-volt nicad types. Ridgid has discontinued those tools and the batteries are no longer available from Home Depot. You can get them direct, I think, and even Amazon offers them, as do some offbeat stores, but I have also read some reviews of those batteries that were not complementary. There are quality v...

11-27-2013 02:00 AM

Switch rebuilding - 4 replies

Most power switches used with moderately large stationary tools (contractor saws, drill presses, 6-inch jointers, thickness planers, etc.) and some mobile ones, too (jobsite saws, bench-top sanders, etc.), are dual-purpose items that have two sets of separate contacts: double pole, single throw. Four connector pins on the back. The idea with ...

11-10-2013 05:31 PM

Modified Ridgid 12-inch sliding miter saw - 1 reply

I love my 12-inch Ridgid sliding miter saw, even though it is now out of production. However, for the kind of work I do it has limitations that are common with just about all miter saws, particularly sliders. While I use the work for typical large-scale work at times (why else by something as big as this?), much of its use involves cutting small...

11-10-2013 04:34 PM

Zero clearance throat plate for band saw. - 19 replies

Hey! Many of us have made or purchased zero-clearance throat plates for table saws and even miter saws. I certainly have made those items for those particular tools that I own. A tight throat plate reduces tear out with miter crosscutting and also keeps large items from falling down into the blade housing area of a table saw when ripping off sma...

07-21-2013 09:52 PM

Do horseflies like loud sounds? - 12 replies

Several times while operating my jobsite saw or jointer I have had large horseflies land on the tools. I am not talking some distance from the work area; I am talking about right next to the blade while it is cutting wood and making a horrific amount of noise. The noise almost seems to draw them towards the tool. Has anyone else here experien...

01-12-2013 11:02 PM

Ryobi lithium batteries - 17 replies

I have several of the larger Ryobi, 18-volt lithium batteries, and recently two of them went bad on me. Neither will hold a charge for more than a short while, and one will not charge up past the yellow power-level point at all. I have tried charging overnight, but still could not get them to work. I have two others that are working fine, plu...

08-06-2012 05:41 PM

Kitchen cabinet clearcoating - 12 replies

Hey, I have a group of oak kitchen cabinets that I installed about 25 years ago. They still look good, but in a couple of places the finished has deteriorated to the point where the clear coat has flaked off or rubbed off. My wife uses hand lotion a lot, and I think that may have played a part. Yesterday, I installed handles and knobs on the...

06-06-2012 10:15 PM

Antique look for gold picture frames - 4 replies

My wife collects art, and to make her items look better I have made quite a few picture frames to hold them. Some are stained and clear coated and some are simply painted. However, one thing I have not been able to do is replicate the “antique” look I find with some of those certainly recently built, gold-finished frames one sees in ...

05-27-2012 09:51 PM

Modification for Ridgid R4510 jobsite saw - 1 reply

I have owned this small jobsite saw for a while and even posted a review of it on this site a while back that included the installation of an outfeed extension on the backside of the saw to make it easier to deal with long-board ripping jobs. I also posted a description of how I made a zero clearance throat plate for the tool. ...

04-16-2011 04:37 PM

Brazilian pine? - 3 replies

My ex boss (we are both retired) recently broke down an old, seven-foot bookcase at his place and gave me the pieces. The sides were 1×10s, 1.5-inches thick, with the shelves the same depth, but .75 inches. I planed off the stain and varnish (rather rough varnishing work had been done on the pieces) and now have the items stacked and rea...

02-04-2011 11:47 PM

12-inch Oldham blade: 120C480. Good/bad? - 10 replies

I was looking through my Grizzly catalog and saw an entry for an Oldham 12-inch crosscut blade, model number 120C480. This seems to be their premium thin-kerf crosscut blade. I tried looking on the internet for some reviews and comments, but there were none, beyond some vague specifications from various sales sites. Nothing about hook angle (imp...

06-23-2009 11:54 PM

Splitter and Riving Knife thicknesses - 18 replies

I have cut a lot of wood on my small table saw and have yet to encounter a workpiece being snagged by the back of the blade and flipped. My saw does not have a riving knife, but it does have a splitter that seems to be doing the protection job OK. Normally, I run the blade a bit more elevated than typical, which may explain how the splitter, thu...

10-15-2008 01:56 AM

Sourcing small parts for projects - 4 replies

My wife took me to a small shop that offers locally made items of small size and decent quality. Normally, I do not pay that much attention, but at one place a bell went off in my head and I saw dollar signs. One local guy apparently obtains things like small humidity gauges, clocks, barometers, etc., and makes wooden frames, display cases, and ...

10-14-2008 10:33 PM

Kreg pocket joiner device - 89 replies

I recently saw a lengthy video ad for the Kreg pocket joinery device. I have been using biscuits for years and one thing the ad did was disparage the entire concept of biscuit joinery, dowling, and tongue and groove. I can see the point and the Kreg device looked very competent in some areas. Of course, they made the various projects look eas...

10-07-2008 06:28 PM

Craftsman trim saw - 2 replies

For most of my cutting work away from my table saw and band saws and miter saws I use a nifty Skil Mag-77 circular saw. A nice piece of work, but too massive and heavy at times for certain tasks. So, I recently purchased a Craftsman 5.5-inch trim saw. It has the same left-blade orientation as the big Skil unit, and also includes a decent lase...

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