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Forum topic by dbeck posted 10-08-2017 04:57 PM 558 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dbeck

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10-08-2017 04:57 PM

I am going to redesign my workspace that i use, but only because i am moving it to another room in my home. The one it is in is just to small now for me and my sd. I have been searching for quite sometime with limited success finding ideas to make my experience more enjoyable. My question for other disabled people on here is: What kind of set up do you have that allows for you to work from a sitting position(i dont use a wheel chair yet, but that is likely coming as well). I do mostly small projects that involve planing, sawing, shooting board, glue up .. the usual i guess. Trying to keep EVERYTHING in arms length seems impossible at times and this limits what i can do at the time. Any advice from others doing this would be appreciated.


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JBrow

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#1 posted 10-22-2017 11:15 PM

dbeck,

Here is a pair of links to Woodcraft’s blog and Woodcraft Magazine articles dealing specifically with wheelchair accessible wood shops. Hopefully these articles are of some help…

https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/the-wheelchair-woodworker-shop

https://www.woodcraft.com/media/W1siZiIsIjIwMTcvMDgvMzAvMDkvNTcvMjQvODU5LzQ0X1dXb29kd29ya2VyXzMucGRmIl1d/44-WWoodworker-3.pdf?sha=085de94f96d82719

Also a number of articles appear when a Google search is done using the search phrase “wood shop for wheelchairs”. Perhaps one or more of these articles could augment info found in Woodcraft Magazine.

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Madmark2

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#2 posted 10-23-2017 12:12 AM

I have the same issue. I can walk some but not a lot.

Step 1) put down floor pads.

Get a small light chair that you can hook with a toe to pull in or to kick out of the way.

Put everything but the TS on wheels.

Here’s my shop, 8’ x 12’ = 96 sq ft. I use top of the TS as my workbench.

I build kitchen cabs in that space.

M

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