Ridgid OSS Wrench

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Project by Paul Pomerleau posted 09-25-2011 11:03 PM 3391 views 21 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I finally got fed up and frustrated enough from my Ridgid Oscillating Spindle Sander that I did something about it.
The nut that I put on hand tight, which is used to hold down the sanding attachment is always so tight to remove without using a pair of pliers.
This only occurs when using the belt sanding attachment, not with the drums for some reason.
I always had to use a general purpose pliers to loosen it to change attachments, and I knew someday that I am going to ruin the rubber covering.
So, I took a scrap piece of maple, traced the outline of the nut, cut it out on my scroll saw, sanded, oiled and voila.
A simple solution to a tool irritant in my basement shop.
I wonder why Ridgid wouldn’t include something to do this?
Oh well, I’m a little bit happier.
Thanks for listening.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#1 posted 09-25-2011 11:16 PM

Great idea. I have the same problem with my Rigid OSS. This will give me a good excuse to buy a scroll saw. :-)

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#2 posted 09-25-2011 11:25 PM

They probably ddin’t expect it to get too tight for a hand’s grip to loosen it. Nice wrench and solution.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 09-25-2011 11:36 PM

Good solution. I have the Rigid sander just like that, but I have not had a problem with mine. Hopefully I won’t, but if I do, I now know how to fix it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 09-25-2011 11:40 PM

That’s using your coconut!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at:

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#5 posted 09-25-2011 11:56 PM

I will have to second Bill’s statement that I have never had that problem, but I rarely use the belt sander attachment.

Great idea though – I think if Rigid DID offer this, yours would be the better tool!

Now all you have to do is convert to using hook and loop paper and you will be all set! ;-)

Congrats on a great build!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Tim Dahn

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#6 posted 09-26-2011 12:06 AM

Nice tool, good idea. I just leave the nut off when using the belt attachment and have not had a problem.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#7 posted 09-26-2011 12:07 AM

I will also do that. I also have the same problem.
Sometimes the easiest fixes are the hardest for me to see.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#8 posted 09-26-2011 12:16 AM

Clever, nice solution!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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Don W

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#9 posted 09-26-2011 12:55 AM

Great Idea. You should sell it to Ridgid. I love the sander but have the same problem. Mine’s pretty well chewed up from grabbing the pliers.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#10 posted 09-26-2011 02:33 AM

Great idea.
Mine is all chewed up as well, from using vise grips on them.
They’re impossible to get off by hand.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#11 posted 09-26-2011 02:53 AM

I have the same sander with the same problem. Going to have make me one of these. Great idea

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 09-26-2011 04:01 AM

Very classy solution.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 09-26-2011 04:26 AM

I haven’t had this problem yet , but your wrench is a great fix if I ever do . Thank you : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Paul Stoops

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#14 posted 09-26-2011 06:10 AM

Great idea, Paul. It sure is a shame to have to bugger up a nice tool by having to use pliers on the knobs! Very innovative solution!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#15 posted 09-26-2011 12:20 PM

:-) thumps up from here :-)


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