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09-09-2011 08:53 AM

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I do woodworking with people that are mentally disabled. They vary in age and I prepare all the pieces from cutting to predrilling. They nail and glue the projects together with as much help as they need. Anyone have ideas for projects that they will enjoy making and having afterwards that is also inexpensive and will not take forever to prepare? Already made box with sliding top, mini easel and book rest. Designs are welcomed too but most needed is ideas.

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David Grimes

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#1 posted 09-09-2011 09:45 AM

How about raised pet bowl(s) stand ? Easy, useful, all over Fleabay.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#2 posted 09-09-2011 02:36 PM

Simple birdhouses?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 09-09-2011 03:26 PM

Mentally ”disabled” or mentally ”impaired”? Something to consider.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 09-09-2011 03:39 PM

‘Challenged ’?

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 09-09-2011 03:45 PM

The people range from being able to do anything to sitting in a wheelchair communicating by pointing at pictures. There are people that help those that need help.

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#6 posted 09-09-2011 04:53 PM

Simple shelf, small gift box that can be painted and Foot stool.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 09-09-2011 05:27 PM

Here is a partial list of some items produced in different sheltered workshops I’ve consulted as a communication specialist.
Lap trays
Trays to fit wheel chairs
Simple cove edged boards to attach coat/hat hangers
edge grain cutting boards
Coat hanger stands
two step step stools
single step stool
All sorts of boxes
All sorts of toys
Many of the items were sold. In one instance, State governmental offices contracted for several of the free standing coat hangers.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 09-09-2011 05:36 PM

Sounds like a rather full inclusion setting for these folks.

Visiting my mother in a multifunction assisted living facility, what I noticed as a useful need/desire would be picture frames (for family pictures) and small knick-knacks that would fit on small end/coffee tables. Bird houses have limited to NO utility in much of these facilities since the community space is nearly always small and not conducive to bird watching. Just a thought…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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