Dear Rhodia

Dear Rhodia,

First let me say that I love your products, especially the dot pads. The dotted page pattern helps me be creative and work very efficiently.

But… Your pads need hacking before they can actually be used! I used to carry around the black A4 and A5 dot pads. It’s not easy to cleanly tear a page. After a few pages I used to end up with horribly torn pages. I hated it.

I’ve developed the following process to help me use the pads.

Step 1: Get a pad  
Step 2: Remove the cover page 
Step 3: Loosen the staples 
Step 4: cut the staple in half   

Step 5: remove the staples (it’s easier when they are cut in half)

Step 6: insert the “bare” pad in a leather cover.

I have A4 and A5 covers for that purpose.

With the staples gone, it’s much easier to tear the pages.

If someone from Rhodia is looking online for product improvement ideas, I strongly suggest you lose the staples!… 



How to remove the riving knife from a DeWalt DW745 table saw

I wanted to build a jig for my table saw and it took me a while to remove the riving knife. I couldn’t find anywhere online any information on how to do it and a few DW745 images I realised ther are a few different versions of this mechanism.

At the beginning I thought I could just pull the riving knife up, after unscrewing the bolt on the side. It became apparent that it wouldn’t come off that easily. I had to unscrew the holder (four screws in a 2×2 formation). These four screws were a pain to remove and took a few attempts with different tools.

I did managed to remove the screws in the end and got the riving knife out.  It looks like there is a latch mechanism to prevent the riving knife flying out if the side bolt gets lose. This mechanism is quite simple: there is a hole on the body of the riving knife and a peg on a spring mechanism on the holder.

You can see the peg/latch mechanism in the photo below. It’s a little rectangle block with a little round peg on the lower left corner. The round peg locks the riving knife in place. The rectangle block is on a spring and pushes against the riving knife.

I guess the way to remove the riving knife is to push a very thin metal strip on the side of the riving knife that’s near the motor. That will push the latching mechanism in and the tiny peg will be out of the hole. Then you can pull the riving knife up.


I hope this post helps someone with this problem!

Jigsaw vs Table saw

I used my jigsaw, Bosch PST 900 PEL to cut a shelf from IKEA. That was a few months ago, when I didn’t own table saw. 

I recently got a nice table saw, DeWalt DW745 with a brand new Freud Pro LO40M blade and tried to see how good this cut would have been. I used the off cut of the original cut.



The left side is the Bosch cut, using the finest Bosch blade I had. The right side is the DeWalt table saw cut… No comparison really. No chipping, no marks. As good as a factory side!

The DeWalt is a fantastic piece of equipment. Every cut is perfect and it’s such very robust and extremely easy to use. The blade that comes with it was a bit to rough for my taste, as this table saw is meant to be for construction work. Replacing it with a Freud blade, made all the cuts a lot smoother.