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Blog entry by patron posted 06-25-2011 04:04 AM 6631 reads 2 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

thanks to RED ,
for the tutorials on wheelchair access to lowering shop tools
for providing this information and your ongoing support in this endeavor

you are the best brother !

i (WHITE) was able to come to council bluffs , iowa

and help our new recovering injured vet BLUE
arlin eastman ,

to modify all his shop tools and lower all the tools to a height
he can work with in a wheelchair till he is able to walk again
(which he is getting better and better at)

first the grizzly table saw and the jointer
then roll around tables for his lathe and other smaller power tools

then the jointer

the band saw and the planer proved to much to deal with
as they had built in wheel systems
so they are as is (check arlins site for the details on these tools)

when i arrived at his home i was treated (and fed ) GREAT !

thank you all for welcoming into your lives i feel blessed to have enjoyed your hospitality
and got to go to church too !

well on with the work

EVERYTHING needed to be lowered
and from a typical all american garage/workshop/storage bin

i started by making 17” high roll-around tables
for the smaller tools lathe/router lift/12” band saw/grinders/scroll saw

and a metal table that was going to be thrown away
went under the sawzall too bringing it down to the new table saw height (31”)

the only problem was that everything in the shop
had to be moved every couple of hours sometimes
as it was raining outside to much
this is just some of the water
(these are basketball hoops)

the real challenge then was lowering the work bench arlin had built years ago
to hold engine blocks for auto work (it was strong enough to hold the whole car) lol
and took me 4 hours to dismantle it
here is the new build as it progressed
the middle is for his work area
the two ends (one 4’ the other 6’ long)
is for wood storage where he can get to it buy pulling the ‘drawers’ out
(they are on straight wheels and only go in and out)

here is the lathe in the back where it is not at his face height
but lower down now so much safer

and here are arlin and i when he got to check everything out finally
after 6 1/2 days of anticipation

for your service to our freedom and life choices
bless you and all the family

and thank you for the new windshield ‘i can see clearly now’ !

well that’s all folk’s !

have a safe and happy day

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 06-25-2011 04:09 AM

Great David.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Greg In Maryland

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 04:15 AM

Bravo David! You’re a terrific friend that’s for sure.

If you want to head east anytime, I have that roubo bench build just waiting!


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#3 posted 06-25-2011 04:41 AM

David – No one could ask for a better friend! Just remember that no good deed goes unpunished. You are one of a kind!If everyone had a friend like you this world would be a far better place.

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

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#4 posted 06-25-2011 04:48 AM

I agree with gfadvm. It seems LJ’s have their very own (LJ) Angel

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 06-25-2011 05:26 AM

Where did you come from???? Your stories always amaze me!

-- Janice

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#6 posted 06-25-2011 05:44 AM

David, an awesome project. I really don’t know what more I could then that.

Arlin, Thank you for your service.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 06-25-2011 06:14 AM

They don’t make them any better then you Patron!
Any one of your 280 buddies, including me, would go to bat for you any day of the week.
Thanks for giving so much of yourself to so many.

And Arlin, thank you very much as well, for the sacrifices you’ve made for us all.

God bless both of you.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 06-25-2011 06:24 AM


You’re not going to believe this… but… I just got the feeling you were up to something special…

You were mysteriously absent… longer than usual…

I was right…!!

God Bless you!

You WERE doing something Special…

Way back when Rand was telling us about Arlin, I couldn’t help from thinking how nice it would be if SOMEONE could rise to the occasion and help him… I knew I couldn’t do it… I knew Rand couldn’t do it (but wanted to real bad) I just hoped someone could and dismissed it.

I know the feeling to be on the receiving end…

Arlin, you now know that there ARE Angels... those that are on special missions… You know the feeling now…

I’m so happy… it’s just so amazing how the Big Guy works…

Thank you, God… keep up the good FUN!

Thank you David for following the gut feeling HE gave you!
You did GOOD!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 06-25-2011 06:41 AM

David, You are WONDERFUL person and should be commended. Thanks to all those who also helped. God bless you.

-- Scott in Texas

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#10 posted 06-25-2011 06:44 AM

Hey Little Brother, Now I’m jealous. When you visited me, all I got was a crummy T-shirt that says, “Patron was here!” Arlin got a shop!!! lol The lumber storage is a great idea. You did a fantastic job for Arlin. As he recovers from his injuries, I’m sure he will add to what you have left behind.
There are some vets here that are very happy to have helped to make this happen. They send their love and best wishes to you and Arlin. Your pictures said it all to them.

Arlin, If this doesn’t inspire you to push harder, I don’t know what will. lol Just remember to have a great time, and be safe. Now we are looking forward to your first posting of a project. There will be good days made for the shop. They make up for the bad days. Our projects may take a long time compared to other woodworkers, but the speed is not the quest for disabled persons like you and me. Just getting the job done is the whole thing.
I’m working on a set of cabinets for Maddie and after 6 months, I’m only half way there. So make wood while the sun shines and don’t sweat the rest. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will complete the journey. Enjoy your shop and toys, and make tons of sawdust. With God’s help and our will power, we always win.

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#11 posted 06-25-2011 07:14 AM

Your are one great guy David!! Too bad there aren’t more like you.

-- 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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#12 posted 06-25-2011 07:52 AM

DAVID TO THE RESCUE ONCE AGAIN David we are all blessed to know you, you give all and the best that you can, thank you. Arlin I hope you enjoy your time in your workable workshop, I hope too that your health will go from strength to strength.

Thank you David for sharing this blog.

-- When you know better you do better.

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Bob Kollman

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#13 posted 06-25-2011 07:52 AM

Hello Arlin, I had to go and read some back story to figure out what David, was up to….

Real nice work guys, it looks like this shop will be off to a good start. David, that was

real cool giving Arlin, a hand. A lot of memory boxes can be built now….. Because of the

Kindness of two men.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 06-25-2011 08:17 AM

You’re a good man David, the world could use some more “Davids”, it would be a better place for all of us. A tip of the hat to you David.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#15 posted 06-25-2011 10:37 AM

David strikes again, working, helping, caring…
Arlin is again able to enjoy, create, give…
And Randy can sleep well, dreams realized, hopes fulfilled!!
Nice Going, on all accounts, my Friends!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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