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LBH

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09-10-2016 04:08 PM

Hi Guys and Gals,
I’ve been going to the local assisted living center and working with seniors interested in “woodworking”.

At first I was going to make cutting boards but I scrapped that idea because other than gluing and finishing everything would be done in the shop. So I bought some carving sets and kevlar gloves. I cut some 1/2” 4”x6” squares from Alaskan Yellow Pine, and printed up some illustrations to spray glue to the wood.

No one other that the lady that is in charge of activities participated, so I went to the age old standby. A Birdhouse. It’s coming along nicely and I’m thinking about what to do next. I want something that can be done in the activity room where I only need to bring a 5gal bucket of tools.

One lady wants a cribbage board but I think I’d need a drill press. Probably could make a template in the shop as a drill guide. Inlay would be hard.

I also thought of a small N-Guage model railroad.

SO HEY! Give me some suggestions.
Please.

Luke


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jwmalone

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#1 posted 09-10-2016 04:17 PM

My uncle used to do that years ago, sundials seemed to popular and walking canes? But whatever you do keep doing it.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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LBH

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#2 posted 09-10-2016 04:39 PM



My uncle used to do that years ago, sundials seemed to popular and walking canes? But whatever you do keep doing it.

- jwmalone


Walking Canes !
Brilliant !

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jwmalone

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#3 posted 09-10-2016 05:39 PM

LOL, Some of the old men like to make them for the pretty lady’s, they were old but not dead.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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bondogaposis

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#4 posted 09-10-2016 09:19 PM

Have them make a tool tote using hand tools.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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LBH

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#5 posted 09-10-2016 10:30 PM

They don’t own any tools

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LBH

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#6 posted 09-10-2016 10:30 PM

Maybe a cupholder for walkers

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Rentvent

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#7 posted 09-10-2016 11:14 PM

Picture frames using a small wooden miter box and a handsaw.

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jwmalone

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#8 posted 09-10-2016 11:15 PM

You can get those rubber tips for the ends of the canes in different sizes pretty cheap at places like wall greens and such.
yea picture frames are a good idea.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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Desert_Woodworker

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#9 posted 09-11-2016 03:53 PM

What a fantastic “post” graet job.
I will mull this over and give it thought and prayers. My first idea that comes to mind is finding use for all my miscellaneous wood that will eventually be discarded. Best to you and others who are doing this. Another idea is to keep it theme related, such as “the holidays” for there are many holidays.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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LBH

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#10 posted 09-11-2016 04:15 PM

I Googled making molded grips….. for canes. That idea sounds cool and I can try my King Arthur Tools sculpting blade for angle grinders. Also FastCap has an interesting “MyGrip” product. http://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=9871#!prettyPhoto

Keep those ideas coming. I truly appreciate it. Interesting fact. Only one gentleman is participating, sort of, the rest are ladies.

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jwmalone

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#11 posted 09-11-2016 05:05 PM

Desert-woodworker, I think you’re onto something good there. Searching my memory again, Once the residents of the local retirement center were making those old school wooded toys to give to the small children In the area for Christmas. Nothing major like hobby horses, just those little pull behind ducks and things. Lots of those can be made with scrap wood and the people really enjoyed being able to do something for the kids. Put that idea out locally and you might be surprised at the help you get with donations of wood and materials.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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LBH

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#12 posted 09-11-2016 06:28 PM

I took my Excalibur scroll saw to the first session and no one wanted to try it.

It’s really a couple ladies and everyone else watches

I need to find a source for branches that would work for a cane. We have no trees where I live

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Betsy

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#13 posted 09-11-2016 06:57 PM

LBH – what a great thing to do. The fact that it is only one or two that works/plays and the rest watches and you still keep at it is wonderful. A lot of folks would quit if not many actually participated. But the truth is, most seniors will watch – they may not feel comfortable working on things for various reasons but watching something different then TV is fun.

I was going to suggest toys also. How about small keepsake boxes?

I have a co-worker whose daughter is an activities director at a large center here. I’ll ask her if they have ever done a woodworking activity. I’ll let you know what she says.

Thanks for doing this LBH – it’s a gem of a thing to do.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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bbasiaga

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#14 posted 09-11-2016 07:52 PM

Wood burning? Kinda like carving, but something a little different. Making small chrsitmas ornaments with their children or grandchildren’s names on them is good.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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JBrow

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#15 posted 09-12-2016 01:44 AM

LBH,

A key keeper is one of the simplest projects of all, but could be complicated to whatever extent you would like. The key keeper is a piece of wood that hangs on the wall near the front door and a place where keys are hung. Several brass L hooks screwed into the board provide a place where keys are hung. A pair of picture frame mounts attached to the back of board allows the key keeper to hang on the wall without twisting under the weight of the keys. A pair of countersunk holes could also be used to attach the key keeper to the wall.

I made a number of these as Christmas presents a few years back. The Christmas gift design featured an arched top, requiring router work; but could have just as easily been left a straight edge. This simple and inexpensive project could be used to turn the seniors’ activity room into Santa’s workshop and the seniors could crank out several of these as Christmas gifts for kids and grandkids. We added a small brass plaque with the name of the recipient engraved to the key keepers we gave away.

The key keeper pictured below is a little different design from that followed when making the Christmas gifts, but hopefully clarifies my description…

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