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dennis mitchell

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11-02-2009 11:39 PM

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I’ve got this hard cement floor that just kills my back. I do use lots of anti fatigue mats, but they just don’t quite do the whole job. It makes a 8 hour day impossible for me to do. Out in the field I do OK. So I want to try gluing down 4X8’s of OSB to just add that extra cushion. Am I missing any thing in my thinking? ( You have to understand my brain has been under the influence of particle board dust and lacquer fumes for many years now!)


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#1 posted 11-02-2009 11:48 PM

at the last wood show I was at I tried these out (Happy Feet)—oh yah.. nice!

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#2 posted 11-03-2009 12:02 AM

Dennis,

I would use these at each of my major work areas. I started using these when I started turning… Boy did they make a difference. I’m sure something like this would work well.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 11-03-2009 12:10 AM

Yep got the insoles and the mats. I do have degenerative disks and a slipped vertebra so I use the drugs too.

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#4 posted 11-03-2009 12:11 AM

I’m using the woodcraft ones as well.

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#5 posted 11-03-2009 12:13 AM

You also might look at installing a floating wood floor with foam backing or pad. Lumber Liquidator always has very good prices on excess flooring. Your shop will also be easier to clean. You can sand the floor finish after installing to make it much less slippery.
I intentionally made my shop floor with heavy duty joists and thick OSB. It is comfortable to work on.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#6 posted 11-03-2009 12:15 AM

Dennis stick with the drugs mate but seriously i wear my CROCS they are byfar the most comfortable shoe out there just wish they did a steel toe-cap version and lost the holes so the wood-dust wouldn’t get between your toes …...

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#7 posted 11-03-2009 12:29 AM

I use mats similar to the woodcraft type but kind of firm rubber with holes in it. They’re a lot less expensive then the woodcraft type

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#8 posted 11-03-2009 12:30 AM

I think I would try Johs’s idea…maybe a floating wood floor, or if you have the headroom, put down sleepers and then put the boards or plywood on them. This would give you some space for insulation too.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 11-03-2009 12:44 AM

Have you tried the Ironworker style of steel toe boots? They have a soft sole for the guys working on the high steel, I found they helped me alot the only issue is that they wear out faster than other steel toe boots because of the soft sole, it is sort of a catch 22.

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#10 posted 11-03-2009 01:03 AM

Dennis, I use mats from HF over the entire shop floor. Cheap, just soft enough, and works well for me. (Mobile equipment rolls over them ok too.) I suspect if you add flooring on top of the cushions, you would have a pretty forgiving floor. Other than that, jump into the nearest time machine, go back 20 years, and don’t do any of the things I did to mess up my back. :-)

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#11 posted 11-03-2009 01:15 AM

I like you suffer the consequences of a misspent youth and now can’t make it through the day without lower back issues. I use Horse Mats in the garage and they are awesome. Their just old recycled tires that have been ground up and glued together. Extremely durable and they vacuum up ok with a shop vac / DC, sweeping is almost impossible. It doesn’t sound that great but they are a lot better than they sound. Look for them at the local farm / tractor / hardware store like Farm and Fleet, TSC, etc. If memory serves, I think they are around $40.00 for a 4×6 mat. Take a buddy to help load and unload, they are a handful by yourself, doable, but a real handful.

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#12 posted 11-03-2009 01:22 AM

Dennis, for my garage I made a grid of 2×4 laid on the flats and then put OSB on that. It made a world of difference for me. I don’t have a back injury, but the anti-fatigue mats have never worked for me.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#13 posted 11-03-2009 01:33 AM

I’m planning on putting down some osb sturdyfloor on my garage shop floor, but I plan on laying

down some hi-density foam beneath it. I think it will also be easier to heat.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#14 posted 11-03-2009 01:34 AM

Try some really good boots, like redwings or timberland pro series. These boots are made for standing around on concrete. Floor mats have never worked for me, but good boots do. I broke my lower back in two places and have spent a lot of time looking for relief.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#15 posted 11-03-2009 01:46 AM

Dennis I put down about 500 Sq FT of horse stall mats. They are used in the bottom of horse stalls Mine are solid rubber and 3/4” thick. But they still don’t do the best job. It’s almost impossable to roll tools around on the rubber mats. I put down 3 sheets of OSB board, Under the table saw, planer and jointer. The OSB actually feels better to me than the rubber and the tools move effortlessly.

Good luck of getting it fixed.

If I’d had known I probably would have used all OSB board. with maybe a few rubber mats where I would stand.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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