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Hi from a newbie here.

This is a custom build proto-type of a rocking chair for a blind, learning disabled, physically handicapped child.

The seating is adjustable for leg length and recline angle. The foot stool and hand grips are height variable and non-rocking features that allow for both foot/leg and arm exercise.

I would have choosen a high density laminate but the customer wanted Pine.

Added the car/truck front end cause I had to do something other than make this a bunch of pine blocks screwed togther.

I would really appreciate any critique and suggestions on how to do this better the next time.

Thanks





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bkpine

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#1 posted 02-03-2009 10:41 PM

that is very nice, good work

-- cut twice, measure once?

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mranum

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#2 posted 02-03-2009 10:55 PM

I agree very nice and well thought out.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 02-03-2009 11:27 PM

this would be great for balance skills and FUN!!!
I really like how you made it into a vehicle. Very respectful.
Well done!! Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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woodyoda

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#4 posted 02-03-2009 11:52 PM

I think that furniture and play stuff for handi cap kids is few and far between…..this may be a product you could mass produce and sell…...yoda
p.s. very well thought out.

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Canexican

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#5 posted 02-03-2009 11:56 PM

Great Job, this one was worth every minute of your time. I bet the child really enjoys it…

-- www.woodshopdude.com

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Rustic

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#6 posted 02-04-2009 12:26 AM

I agree with everyone else very well done

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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SCOTSMAN

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#7 posted 02-04-2009 12:27 AM

could you please show us this from a few different angles looks great Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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ND2ELK

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#8 posted 02-04-2009 12:49 AM

Wonderful toy and job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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brunob

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#9 posted 02-04-2009 01:25 AM

Excellent job for a good cause.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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wuddoc

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#10 posted 02-04-2009 02:47 AM

Excellent work and creativity.

You have asked for suggestions so here goes. You might consider in the future to include in your design tactile stimulation for any child with disabilities. An example might be that the rocking chair front truck look continue throughout the design so the child may feel parts on the chair. You might include a headrest, seatbelt, and possibly a moving device that is responsive to the child when they do something.

I had thought of a noise producing item but that may produce more negative feedback if the parents turn it off when they have had enough.

Your question asking for suggestions might also be addressed to a college program or class dedicated to future special education teachers combined with future technology students, and even art students. I know that my former students felt a great sense of pride when they produced cabinets after class and weekends for a Ronald McDonald house.

-- Wuddoc

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Woodwrecker

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#11 posted 02-04-2009 04:12 AM

Now that is worth while woodworking.
Nice job.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin. ~ Eugene F. Ware

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Hersh328

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#12 posted 02-04-2009 11:20 PM

Agreed, the time & thought you put into this will likely make a huge impact in the world of a child who really needs it. God bless you for doing this.

-- Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur

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William

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#13 posted 05-10-2011 02:15 AM

I just ran across this looking for something for someone else.
I love it.
Are the plans for sale anywhere?

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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