Parallel bars for my son

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Project by Lotidus posted 06-23-2011 09:14 PM 3124 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these parallel bars for my son. He has a condition similar to cerebral palsy so he has been delayed in learning to walk. They don’t really make toddler sized bars for less than several hundred dollars so I made my own version. They are made of pine held together with combination of mortise and tenons,dowels, and screws. The center board is to keep him from crossing his feet as he walks and as you can see is removable. Most of the wood is construction lumber and scrap wood.

-- Lotidus

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#1 posted 06-23-2011 09:17 PM

Poor little soul Gods love to him .Your a great Dad ! I love this project it will be of great benefit .And sorry to hear of the little lads health problems take it easy little guy Love Big Al in Scotland .Alistair

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

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#2 posted 06-23-2011 09:45 PM

It’s dad like you that raise challenged children into fantastic adults.

I work with 4 young adults who have differing challenges. One thing each of them have in common are parents that helped push them to be independent while always being there to lend a hand.

The project itself is really nice. The 2 little once seem to be having a ball, plus it’s always nicer to have wood in a home than more metal and plastic.

Thanks for posting this project.

-- Anthony

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#3 posted 06-23-2011 10:36 PM

Sorry to hear about your sons physical problems. You’re a good dad for what you made him..:). Good luck to both of you.

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#4 posted 06-23-2011 10:45 PM

This is truly one of the greatest projects ever posted on LJ.

Our genuine best to you and your family.


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#5 posted 06-23-2011 11:45 PM

He’s a nice looking boy. I’m sure your a proud father.

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#6 posted 06-24-2011 04:33 AM

It looks great, and it serves a heartwarming purpose.

THIS is an inspirational project!

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#7 posted 06-24-2011 05:22 AM

Nice project and cute kids. Enjoy their youth, they grow up fast, go to college and forget how to use the phone (in that order) :)

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#8 posted 06-24-2011 10:43 AM

Sorry to hear about your sons physical problems as well, the smiles tell it all. Very cool idea you had and it looks like it’s fun to him which is even better. Hope all is well with him in the future!!!! Even the little princess is having fun!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 06-24-2011 02:28 PM

It’s a wonderful set of bars and I hope that these really benefit your son and make him strong. Nice going dad.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 06-24-2011 03:48 PM

This is THE BEST project on Lumberjocks I’ve ever seen. God Bless You.

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#11 posted 06-24-2011 05:20 PM

I second the best project I have seen on Lumberjocks. This is a great project and I hope when he out grows this you will be able to help someone else out with these. What wonderful children you have, and what a wonderful Father you are.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#12 posted 06-25-2011 12:33 AM

You’re a great dad and woodworker!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 06-25-2011 02:56 AM

Time2, He has a occupational therapist that comes to our home weekly and I had planned to donate the bars to her organization when he grows out of them. Thanks everyone else for your comments also.

-- Lotidus

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#14 posted 06-25-2011 04:12 AM

Well done Lotidus. I like and appreciate your project very much. My second son also has special needs and he’s now seventeen. You’re a good man and a wonderful father.

God bless you and your family.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#15 posted 07-05-2011 10:44 PM

The most fulfilling projects are the ones that directly benifit your family. Great project.

I might add that something soft covering that center beam could be useful is preventing injury in case of a fall. I understand it’s purpose but you never know. A pool noodle cut down the center could easly be put on and would not even have to be glued.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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