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Quick and dirty job for the Grandpa

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Project by KimAccurso posted 08-30-2018 10:59 AM 978 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago my mom had asked me to make some sort of bar for grandpa to use for balance and exercises while looking out their back windows. She said 36×36x40 tall. So this is what me and grandpa came up with over the past 2 “shop days”. It doesn’t have any finish on it (upon delivery to my folks house today I handed mom a rattle can of poly and told her they could have fun with it!) So it’s just made of trimmed up studs and 4×4’s from the local hardware store, some of which i’d had for years, some picked up new (hence the 1 doug fir and 1 pine uprights). I made it so it can be broken down and moved back to his home in Iowa. The height is ideal for his bad shoulders and for him to practice balance and his sideways leg lifts to help his hips. He has had 3 severe breaks over 3 years in his femurs and 1 hip. For those who have elderly parents/grandparents, this type of thing seems to be a great way for them to exercise while having support. It’s sturdy and the bar holds my weight. The handle bar has holes drilled through and into the posts in which I epoxied 1/4” aluminum rod so that it can be lifted off. The bar supports are just screwed in so height can be changed if needed. The last picture is grandpa’s favorite part of the project – he loves seeing that propane torch heating up that brass and loves the signature which makes me very happy :)

Thanks for looking!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection





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Redoak49

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#1 posted 08-30-2018 11:10 AM

Very nice and will be appreciated

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#2 posted 08-30-2018 11:34 AM

With a view like that I can see why the time is spent looking out .

Good Job. speedy (as possible) recovery

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 08-30-2018 11:54 AM

Nice work on that, Kim. You are a good granddaughter. He will surely appreciate that!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 08-30-2018 12:08 PM

Hip mobility is often the difference in thriving or not for our elderly not also afflicted with major disease processes, so good on you for getting Grandpa fixed up so he can do his exercises while having a secure hand hold.

Now shame on you for dropping finishing on your Mom. :-)

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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KimAccurso

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#5 posted 08-30-2018 11:08 PM

Thanks guys! He is very dedicated to doing his exercises so anything to help him do more and hey – I just wanted him to have the final product as quickly as possible and it will give them a reason to take it out on the back porch, enjoy the nice weather and spray away! Shoot, I told them they could spray paint it any color they wanted! :)


Hip mobility is often the difference in thriving or not for our elderly not also afflicted with major disease processes, so good on you for getting Grandpa fixed up so he can do his exercises while having a secure hand hold.

Now shame on you for dropping finishing on your Mom. :-)

Thanks for posting.

- therealSteveN

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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