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My shop is in a two car garage and I have to sher it with the wifes car so I need to make it movable to a point . My table saw is set so I can cut up to fore feet with the door down my router table is so I can use it as a in feed table or move it out to be used .I just got a new band saw it is a Grizzly 555 14’ with a9’ riser block I have an small drill press I put no the base the band saw came with I need to lower the band saw so I could use i the same with the table saw I need to set tool high at 28” to 29” so it is safer for me to use in the wheelchair. I use hand planes for jointing and plane.

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#1 posted 11-02-2009 05:45 PM

Robert, this is a nice looking shop and the modifications that you have done to your table saw make it not only functional but also add needed shop storage. Putting your tools at the same height is a good idea that adds consistency to your shop.

I like the ceiling height that you have in your shop. This allows you to store lumber and plywood on edge rather than horizontally where it is difficult to reach a board in the back of the stack. And I can empathize with you about putting your wife’s car in there. I am just glad we added a third garage in our walk-out basement that I converted into a shop. If I had to ask my wife to give up HER garage space for my shop I would be sleeping outside before she would let her vehicle sit out overnight. :)

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 11-03-2009 01:04 AM

Robert, nice set up, I like how everything is the same height. Have you ever seen General’s Access line of tools? They are designed for people in wheel chairs, they are at a lower height so it is safer and more convenient to work with, it’s not a full line of equipment but General is off to a good start, here is a link . Thanks for the post.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#3 posted 11-03-2009 04:56 AM

Hey Robert
This is a nice shop and well organised well done

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#4 posted 11-04-2009 11:07 AM

Hey Robert,
Nice cosy little workshop and some great toy’s to play with….good job.

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#5 posted 11-15-2009 04:54 AM

yes I have look at general’s tool for the handicap and my budget is not that big so I have to find good deals to get tool or I can get wood for projects as it is I look for free wood tell I get off some med’s or I could go with out

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#6 posted 12-01-2009 07:38 AM

Ditto on the lowered equipment. I used to be 6’4” now I’m 4’6” in this wheelchair. Making everything desk level is the only way to go. With the tight money, network. You will be amazed at who knows someone that wants to get rid of good old equipment. So far I’ve got a free bandsaw (1950 Rockwell 14”) (Ridgid 10” tablesaw) (1952 Walker-Turner drill press) and more. let all your friends know and open the door! Great shop and I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine.

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#7 posted 12-09-2009 05:06 AM

Hey Robert, I too am in a wheelchair and I do have the General cabinet saw. It is truly a dream. I feel you pain about bringing things to your level. I built a brand new shop this summer and it is custom built for me. I have designed everything to be at my level. It is working out pretty nice. Take a look at my pics and if you have any questions I would love to help if I could. Take care.


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#8 posted 10-16-2010 06:44 PM

Robert, thats a nice shop.

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#9 posted 11-02-2010 07:37 AM

Robert, Hi neighbor, I’m in Dallas, not too far from you. I see you have plywood on the floor, how is that working out for you? Steve

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#11 posted 10-20-2011 04:17 AM

Robert, two months ago my brother-in-law became wheelchair bound due to a tumor on his spine, around T-4 or T-5 if I remember correctly. Pretty high up anyway – basically paralyzed from the chest down.

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time with him since. Raised his deck to threshold level and built a ramp. Widened a couple of interior doors and put in a chair accessible shower enclosure. We’ve talked about the need for an activity that will keep him engaged and occupied. He said he was thinking that he would like to do some woodworking out in his shop. He’s always been more of a mechanic than a carpenter. He’s got a great shop building that is wheelchair accessible. It’s a mess inside. He’s hauled a lot of stuff home that he thought he was going to salvage/repair. Anyway a couple of trips to the dump are one of my next projects. We decided that I could knock apart the two work benches that are in one corner and rebuild them to a workable height. He has a scroll saw and a few hand tools. I have a small table saw I promised him. I really like to hear any insights you have about setting up a wheelchair accessible shop. Comfortable working heights, tool recommendation, storage solutions, things to avoid, etc.

Thanks for any input.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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