|Project by C_PLUS_Woodworker||posted 03-10-2015 05:51 PM||1755 views||5 times favorited||16 comments|
I was asked by my church Bishop to make a “Transfer Board for an elderly neighbor lady who had difficulty standing up from her bed or chair and moving to another bed/chair.
These transfer boards rest on the edge of each chair (or bed or toilet) and the patient slides along the board from one chair to another.
The holes are for picking up and to help the patient move the board around.
Each end is tapered for 5 inches from ¾” down to roughly 3/8”. The taper allows the patient to get on or off the board more easily.
These simple things are expensive and I can understand why I was asked to make one for this sweet neighbor who needed one.
The dimensions are 32” x 9.5”.
I only sanded the bottom to 80 grit, wanting the bottom surface to have a little “grip” onto each chair/bed and sanded the top to 320 grit, lightly sanding and lightly wiping with mineral spirits between coats of wipe-on poly. The top is very “slick” and hopefully that will allow this sweet lady to move more easily along the board.
Don’t give me ANY credit for dressing up with board with the middle stringer. The only Poplar I had on hand was 2” inches too narrow, so in came the 2” strip of “I have no idea what that 2” strip of wood is”. Just lying around. So I just ripped the Poplar and glued the stringer in the middle. Looks nicer than it needed to.
It was a fun and fairly exacting project
And, candidly, it made me feel good, and a little humbled and a little grateful for my health and happy that I was asked……. to use my simple skills and my wonderful equipment to make such a simple project that will be of such frequent use by a sweet neighbor lady. I hope they didn’t tell her who made it for her. Better that way.
I feel more blessed by the “making” than she probably does by the “using”.
Thanks for looking.