Ridgid Sander Knob Solution
After using the Ridgid EB4424 sander. I started noticing what everyone was talking about. The knob that holds the belt attachment gets extremely tight and difficult to remove. I didn’t think to much about it, until Tommy at “The Shaving Wood Workshop” made a video. On the video he had a viewer write in a ask him; What he does about the knob? He uses a pair of pliers to remove the knob. This sparked a memory of a video I seen about a year ago by Steve French at “Wood ‘N’ Stuff” He made a simple tool to remove this knob. I took that same design and it worked great. Then I stepped up to the X-Carve machine and made one. In this video, blog tutorial I will show you how to make one of your own, three different ways. Just in case you don’t have a CNC machine.
Use the knob to trace out the outline, this is a perfect time to use Fastcaps Long nose Marker. Once you got the shape you need. Drill a hole to feed your scroll saw blade through. Then cut the shape, you may have to go back a few times a retouch your cut to have a good fit. you want it snug but not tight. The handle you can do whatever you like. I went with a simple wrench look. Sanded the part and tested.
Use the knob to trace out the outline. Once you got the shape you need. I used a 3/8″ forstner bit to make the points of the knob. Then sanded the piece to fit the knob. Then I used a coping saw to cut out the shape of the handle. Sanded the part and tested.
It took a few test cut to refine the fit. I design the knob part in Sketchup. Converted that file to SVG and imported in into Easel. Used Easel to design a simple handle. I used 3/4″ plywood. the knob was cut 1/2″ deep and the handle was cut most of the way through. I finished the cut with a trim router bit.