Patient Transfer Board

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Project by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 03-10-2015 05:51 PM 2105 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.


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#1 posted 03-10-2015 05:57 PM

Nicely done and I’m sure the satisfaction of creating it is an awesome feeling indeed!

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#2 posted 03-10-2015 06:08 PM

Thanks Hotbyte

Thanks for the kind words and for picking up on how tender I felt making this.

Best to you and yours….Bruce.

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#3 posted 03-10-2015 06:57 PM

Bruce – Great project and description. Might need to make one for some of my friends soon. lol

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 03-10-2015 06:59 PM

Thanks Bud.

Thanks for the kind words.


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#5 posted 03-10-2015 08:47 PM

Nice work — and it must be pretty satisfying to help out someone like that. Sorta makes your hobby a bit more gratifying. (BTW, those are some monster cauls you used for your glue-up.)

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#6 posted 03-10-2015 08:51 PM

bruce, this is a great project, i know how hard it can be for someone to be able to get around, especially at an older age, im glad your Bishop asked you, and i hope this helps your neighbor out a lot, you did a great job and the middle board adds some nice color…thanks for sharing it with us

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 03-10-2015 09:04 PM


As I have said before, thank you sincerely for the kind words., “Gratifying” is absolutely the right word.

As to the monster cauls, I posted this…. ........ some time ago when I made those cauls.

I love them !!!!!

I can use them on glue-ups as little as 4 1/2” wide (overkill) or as wide as 37”.

I really do love using them.

No glue sticking.

Quick installation on projects (I use my drill with a 9/16 deep socket to speed up installing the tops of the cauls.

I like everything about them, and they are so easy to use. I probably over-use them on projects not requiring such cauls.

Again, thanks for the kind words.


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#8 posted 03-10-2015 09:06 PM


Nice to hear from you, Good Buddy, Good Brother.

As I said in my post, I just grabbed whatever wood would work that I had laying around. So I get no points for artistic attributes cuz the stringer was just a needed piece to get the width I needed. Told the Bishop I was going to just screw and cap the brown piece on the side. Fine with him. Imagine how awful that would have looked. I got a short private laugh out of that

You have 4002 projects posted. Did you post your Patient Transfer Board? If so, send me the link.

I would never find it by scrolling through all your projects.

I would want to stop and look and study each one…. and never find your Board.

Hang in there and my best wishes for good health and many good days…. in and out of the shop….

“And I say these things humbly”.......


I crack myself up !

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#9 posted 03-10-2015 11:26 PM

Bruce, good on you!

-- Art

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#10 posted 03-10-2015 11:28 PM



You said a lot in 4 words.

Best…..... Bruce

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#11 posted 03-11-2015 12:08 AM

What a wonderful and thoughtful gift. Looks great. Glad you were humble enough to do the job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 03-11-2015 12:16 AM


All the kind words are making me feel less humble, so thanks for “grounding” me.

Best, Bruce

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#13 posted 03-11-2015 01:34 AM

Woodworking at its best, thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 03-11-2015 02:41 PM

Great job, Bruce! Now off to look at your caul project as that caught my eye!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#15 posted 03-18-2015 01:14 PM

This is a great project. Would have never thought of making one out of wood! Seen the plastic ones that are just cold and lifeless.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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