Broken my arm... now what can I do?

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09-21-2012 03:17 PM

I broke my arm on Sunday while mountain biking. The doctor said that I cannot lift anything heavier than a pound with my left arm. Because of where the break occurred they did not put my arm in a cast.(left radius, on the nub near the elbow). Thankfully I am right handed.

Anybody have any ideas for projects I can safely work on with 1 arm now that I have a minimum of 1 week off of work.


-- I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different. -Kurt Vonnegut

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#1 posted 09-21-2012 03:29 PM

I had hernia surgery three weeks ago and can’t lift much either. I’ve been doing projects on my scroll saw – a toy boat, a puzzle, now a serving tray. All small projects.

-- I'll be in the shop -

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#2 posted 09-21-2012 03:31 PM

The first thing ya need to do is STAY OFF MOUNTAINS. Gravity prevails.
Now, go clean up the shop. :)


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#3 posted 09-21-2012 03:33 PM

Clamps and vises are your friends :) heal up fast!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#4 posted 09-21-2012 03:35 PM

Have a break :)

Sit back and let it heal

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-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 09-21-2012 04:10 PM


One handed Events include;
- following Drs. orders to the letter
- lurking on the LJ site
- sorting nuts, bolts & screws
- block sanding
- scraping glue off workbench
- sweeping shop floor
- reading magazines
- adjusting volume on radio
- dusting sawdust off tools
- sorting sandpaper
- napping
- contimplating next Mountain Bike adventure

Work Safely (with your right hand) and have Fun. – Grandpa Len :-)

Get Well Soon.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#6 posted 09-21-2012 04:21 PM

Jeremy, Sorry to hear. Hope you heal up fast.
As to stuff to do all the above are good ideas. What I have found though is as soon as you go in the shop and start monkeying around with something you forget about the injury and grab for something that you should not have.
Looking for new ideas online or in books and also planning out a few things might be the best bet in the long run.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 09-21-2012 05:06 PM

Do what the doctor says. Perhaps you could use the time well by researching future projects, communicating with your woodworking buddies, visiting the various woodworking sites, and maybe even contemplating the history of your woodworking and how you can improve it. At any rate, I hope you heal up fast.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 09-21-2012 05:20 PM

Keep that arm in a sling or something to immobilize it while in the shop or you will forget. I know I would.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#9 posted 10-01-2012 07:07 PM

Feet up… use the good arm to lift donuts and coffee while you read a good book.


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#10 posted 10-01-2012 08:53 PM

Do design work, research and discover new things build, and clean and organize what you can. It’s also a good time to do inventory and make a wish list of things you want to purchase to advance your woodworking capabilities.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#11 posted 10-01-2012 09:05 PM

hi jeremy. due to a hand injury i am currently in the same boat (thus, the lower case typing). thanks for posting the question. there are some great ideas here with GrandpaLen offering the most extensive list. i don’t know if you already have one but a friend recently suggested i could work on designing a “signature logo” for my completed projects so that’s an idea i throw your way. with no offense intended to the suggester, i recommend against using a scroll saw with one hand. i think it invites a possible second injury. best wishes as you heal/recuperate.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#12 posted 10-01-2012 10:56 PM

Learn Chip Carving?

-- Jerry

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#13 posted 10-02-2012 12:27 AM

”...The doctor said that I cannot lift anything heavier than a pound with my left arm….”

And THAT is why beer comes in 12oz. ;-)

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

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#14 posted 10-02-2012 02:03 AM

I’d say plan some projects, whether you draft them by hand or use sketchup. Also, I’m sure you could manage to practice some dovetails in the meantime, if that’s your thing.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#15 posted 10-02-2012 02:57 AM

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