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For the Love of Tools: The Cat in the Corners

Written By: der5er - Feb• 20•08

Ryobi Corner CatNo, this post is not about Cuddles, the new cat in our household.  I would not take a tool anywhere near a kitten.

This is about the Ryobi Corner Cat.  The Corner Cat is my newest acquisition, and helped me (and Sarah) with the digital picture frame project. 

Since I last wrote about the frame, I’ve actually purchased the wood–’select pine’ from Lowes because I’m cheap.  I’ve cut the pieces and assembled the main body of the frame.  I was hoping I wouldn’t have to sand it because I’m lazy and hate sanding.  But, the pine (as I should have known) wasn’t taking the stain evenly, and I wasn’t getting a finish that was as dark as I wanted.  So, Monday night I headed off to Home Depot with the remnants of a gift card and a plan to buy sand-paper.  My plans were foiled by all the pretty lights and tool displays.  Instead, I walked out with the Ryobi Corner Cat. 

The Corner Cat was inexpensive and came with a selection of sand papers that I thought would at least get me through this job without having to buy more paper.  I liked the “LiveTool Indicator” which is really just a light that glows on the top of the tool when it’s plugged in.  This is a handy little feature.  When looking at the Corner Cat in the store, I thought (and was correct) that the dust collection port would be easily adaptable to the central vacuum in the house. 

  • Tip for all you aspiring wood workers out there: If you can’t justify a full fledged ‘dust collection’ system for your shop–talk your wife into a central vac and make sure there’s a port in your wood shop!  If your wood shop is in your garage, you’ll be able to further justify this addition by promising to vacuum the family car!

The Corner Cat has lots of other features, but all I really cared about was the dust collection.  You can ask Christi and she’ll verify this next statement: I hate cleaning up after myself in the garage.  I prefer to leave it messy, and this usually leaves us at odds over the state of cleanliness in the garage.

The last nice thing I’ll mention about the Corner Cat is actually applicable to all detail and random-orbit sanders.  They don’t have too many moving parts and no blades for an 8 year old to hurt themselves on!  I felt confident letting Sarah take the first passes with it, even using the aggressive 60-grit paper.  Sarah moved the Corner Cat around the frame like she’d been sanding for years, staying with the grain and not once losing control.  Of course, this isn’t the first time she’s used a sander.  She helped in the past sanding old finish off a desk for Leanna.  But it has been a while.  The only noise she complained about was the central vac, which is better than my last sander.  Of course, that may only have been because the vac was so loud you couldn’t hear the sander.  Sarah stayed with it until the front of the frame was finished and worked on a couple of the sides.  I could tell that she felt a little nervous here on the sides, but she didn’t give up until I told her to knock the corners down a bit.  She didn’t feel comfortable with that task, so I finished everything from there.

The Corner Cat did it’s job well, and-true to it’s name-worked perfectly on the inside corners, getting right up to the very smallest parts of the corners and leaving nothing for lazy me to sand by hand!  I did not try the little dust bag that came with it, I actually had the central vac hooked up and running before the first time we turned it on!  Those dust bags, in my experience, don’t hold more than 5 minutes worth of dust anyway.

All-in-all, I think the Corner Cat is a good value, and I’m glad I purchased it!

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  1. Niiice post thanks so much for this useful info

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