One of my best woodworking moments.

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Project by Dutchy posted 09-04-2016 07:14 PM 2651 views 2 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From the moment I got my scroll saw it seemed a good idea to me to invite my brothers grandson who is physically disabled and uses a wheelchair. I knew that he had made a wooden plane with his father on a small band saw and I thought that working on a scroll saw would be safer and easier for him.

He accepted my invitation and last Friday we gave it a try. His father was also there to help when necessary. I changed the bench top where the scroll saw is standing on to make it possible to put the wheelchair and his knees below the saw. The food of the saw safety bar was put to the wood so the wood could’t flap.

Two days before his visit I didn’t know what to make. I had some ideas but wasn’t happy with them. It was Crowie his contribution on Thursday with a link to a site with great templates for making a motor out of 3 scroll saw pieces, two wheels and 4 dowels which we tried.

His hand control isn’t 100% and making small curves and sharp edges is almost impossible. But the motor templates didn’t had this curves and edges. The first piece was the hardest but the last one was a lot easier. He finished the saw work and I made the wheels and did the drilling work.

After it was done he was proud and very glad and when I asked if he would like to do it again he answered: “Yes please” Today he asked if there are wheel chair templates. I don’t know. Do you? And remember nice curves and no sharp edges.

The wood we used is basswood.

Thanks to Dee1 and Crowie

Thanks for warching.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#1 posted 09-04-2016 07:20 PM

Absolutely wonderful! really wonderful! I am sure everyone had a good time. thanks for posting Dutchy

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 09-04-2016 07:52 PM

I remember commenting on his cool looking plane and had no idea at the time where you all lived but it’s a blast seeing anyone that gets the woodworking bug do his thing.
Dutchy I keep thinking that the car and bike put together would make a fun 3 wheeler.
Front of bike plan back of car equals 3 wheeler.
Would be your brothers grandsons own design.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#3 posted 09-04-2016 08:09 PM

Neat toys, neat story, and it takes a great guy to do something like that!

We are all “handicapped” some are just less visible to the world than others are!
Below is something that I had written about 15 years ago.



Oh You, That have no handicap

Or, So you think

Actually, You are the most handicapped of all

Because yours is not obvious

But, Indeed

You are mentally handicapped

At least we “handicapped” know ours

Yours are hidden and secretive

They will make themselves apparent at the worst time

You won’t be able to hide either: or face them: or hide from them

When Your handicaps BLAZE FORWARD

You won’t be so damned superior

You aren’t now

All of your self-delusions will be gone

You have my sincere sympathy

As you will desperately need it

-- just rjR

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#4 posted 09-04-2016 08:13 PM

What a great feeling it must have been for both of you and a great project to start with

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#5 posted 09-04-2016 08:21 PM

This should be a daily top project..none better

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#6 posted 09-04-2016 08:34 PM

A quick Google image search for “wheelchair symbol” resulted in a bunch of images that could be printed and used as templates.

Yes, many of these probably have copyrights, but for non-commercial personal use it shouldn’t be an issue.

Totally awesome project!


-- Brady, Texas,

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#7 posted 09-04-2016 08:39 PM

Depending on how much use he has of his hands, you could draw the simple outline of a wheelchair. You can do a Google image search for wheelchair clipart for a bunch of pictures.


-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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James Frederick

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#8 posted 09-04-2016 08:49 PM

Everyday we have the opportunity to make a difference in someone life, only if we choose too. As a hobby woodworker we get to make our difference in special ways. Well done my friend, I think you will be seeing him more often in your shop.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#9 posted 09-04-2016 09:07 PM

Dutchy, The smile says it all…MAGNIFICENT!

Please tell the young bloke a HUGE AUSSIE WELL DONE!!!!!

Now the bug has bit him, you may not be able to get time on the scrollsaw…..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#10 posted 09-04-2016 09:11 PM

Sharing put a big smile on the young mans face.

-- Bruce - Indiana

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#11 posted 09-04-2016 09:19 PM

Huge thumbs up from this guy!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#12 posted 09-04-2016 10:35 PM

The last picture tells it best .
Well done my friend and I know first hand about the good feeling you got and the memories you will have for the rest of you life sharing your tools and knowledge and encouraging this young boy and expanding his horizon of what he is capable of .
I can’t think of a better way or a person to spend time with.
I am sure you can draw a pattern for a wheel chair based on the above shown pictures .


-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 09-04-2016 11:09 PM

Just outstanding the smile says it all
way to go Dutchy

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#14 posted 09-05-2016 12:35 AM

Well done Sir! Agreed the smile does say it all. Now you need to set him up with his own lumberjocks page because I see many more projects in his future.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#15 posted 09-05-2016 01:10 AM

Awesome. Truly awesome. Thanks fo sharing this and keep doing what you do. You are a great grandad

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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