Woodworking with a physical disability ( with regards to arms, hands)

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Forum topic by YoungLad posted 12-31-2014 05:20 PM 756 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2014 05:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: disability one-handed resource clamp handicapped arm hand jig amelia meromelia bench

Well lads, this is my first time posting here so I’ll try to keep it brief,

I was wondering does anyone have any experience with carpentry and woodworking with the use of only one arm/hand? This would include working with one hand in a sling or cast, or alternatively with the complete absence of a limb or hand. It would also include working with only your good or bad hand.

I’m looking into making a workbench for physically disabled students and adults that would give them the same advantages as everyone else in the workshop. For the use of this project, I would be focusing on hand tools over power tools. I was thinking of including jigs and foot operated clamping mechanisms, but getting someone with first hand experiences in the area would be brilliant. Also if anyone has heard of or made any dedicated hand tools that have been modified to be one-handed, it would be great to hear about or see them.

Thanks a million, any feedback or advice will be much appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-31-2014 08:46 PM

I wish I could help you, and being handicapped with injuries from time to time, where at least one hand and arm was useless I didnt do much woodworking.

I suppose if I lost one arm, I’ld find a way to work, using fast action clamps, jigs, and fixtures.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 09:00 PM

Awesome idea! I hope you find the info you need.

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