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    Wow, I'm really surprised at how quiet this sub forum is.

    I'm a newbie woodworker in the process of setting up my workshop/shed on a budget. I have most of what I need now so it's just a case of slugging away at it slowly.

    After two brain tumour removals in two years I have very limited ability to walk and below average control of my left arm, fatigue, blah blah, so that slows me down a bit.

    I can stand for short periods so my workshop will mostly be standard but with a couple of sit-down benches too. I'm really interested to hear from others on how to deal with / overcome the types of issues that impaired woodworkers face.

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    Hi.

    Have you thought of going ‘Japanese Style’ woodshop?

    They tend to sit when they work much of the time.

    Have fun


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    Some of us don't really let on about our disbility/ies, some write about their way of getting around the situation by submitting to "THE SHED", such as bryn23, with his postings; A Para's Shed
    Kryn
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    I make my benches open on one long side and adjustable in leg length. This enables a wheelchair to be wheeled in under, placing the operator right up to the bench edge. The adjustable legs allows for different height work pieces. This is particularly important on an assembly bench.

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    I am fossilizing. Atherosclerosis in my legs won't allow me to stand long enough to prepare a meal.
    This is progressing quite quickly over the past 3-4 years. Climbing a flight of stairs is a major challenge.

    My wood working is and has been carving. That means sort of "getting above it" so I can lean down on the gouge.
    The main 8' bench is all open along the front so I can hitch a bar stool up close to gain the advantage.

    I guess the other change is switching carving styles to Pacific Northwest native style crooked knives, working with pull strokes.
    I swore that I'd never carve towards myself but a heavy canvas apron provides good protection.
    Getting hit in the chest with a crooked knife wrecked a few shirts and the cuts really sting.

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    Actually I've been experimenting and some things like scroll saws are suited to sitting, other things not so much. So While most of my horizontal surfaces will be 940mm, I am modifying a big old wooden desk to work seated.

    I like to stand as much as I can manage as I've found that for me, it's a case of use it or lose it. Thanks for the reply.

    BTW: I was paraplegic and reluctant to allow any slipping back in that direction.

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    I know what you mean Big G, I spent 4 months in a chair, it was the worst I've been through.

    Kryn
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    i am seated turner and i absolutely so glad that hubby adapted it so can i help pass the day with some enjoyment each day. see the lathe has been lowered so can stay in my office chair or wheelchair depending on the day what i need

    keep on plugging away

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    Hi mummatoni, any chance of a pic of your set up without the tapatalk, please? Interested in how it's set up as I volunteer with disabled people, and would like to be able to offer a machine that set up for them.
    Thanks,
    Kryn
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    Yes, I'm doing the same thing.
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBs PensNmore View Post
    Hi mummatoni, any chance of a pic of your set up without the tapatalk, please? Interested in how it's set up as I volunteer with disabled people, and would like to be able to offer a machine that set up for them.
    Thanks,
    Kryn
    pm me your email address and I send them that way if that is helpful

    keep on plugging away

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBs PensNmore View Post
    Hi mummatoni, any chance of a pic of your set up without the tapatalk, please? Interested in how it's set up as I volunteer with disabled people, and would like to be able to offer a machine that set up for them.
    Thanks,
    Kryn
    Hi Kryn,
    Our club has a Vicmarc lathe set up on a adjustable stand that can be adjusted in height and also rotated toward the seated turner or wheelchair to get better access to the machine.

    This photo has been copied from vicmarc web page.
    Regards Rod. VL200 SIT DOWN EVS
    Stand Only - Part No. V01083

    Rod Gilbert.

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