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03-28-2009 12:11 AM

I am blind marking a board for a cut can be challenging . As of now I use a nail or a knife to scratch a line and then I just feel the mark or I use masking tape to mark the line. I was wondering if any one has any other inventive ideas? Thanks, Louie

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#1 posted 03-28-2009 01:01 AM

I’m just an old geezer from Texas but, it appears to me marking the line would be a small bit easier than making the cut. And, just how do you read this info since I don’t know how to type in brail?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 03-28-2009 01:50 AM

Well there is software that converts the text on the screen to voice, it is not bad and itis doable.

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#3 posted 03-28-2009 02:26 AM

I cut using a circular saw on a rail (I use Festool, similar systems are now available from Makita and DeWalt). The first time you cut with the rail it takes a little bit off a rubber strip on the cut side of the rail. Although it does wear a bit over time, that strip is pretty close to exactly where the saw cuts, because it was originally cut by that same blade.

So if I have to get close, I stick razor blades in as my mark, and then just slide the cut side of the rail right up to the blade. Clamp the rail in place and I’ve got perfect tight alignment.

Glazier’s points and utility knife blades also work well instead of razor blades.

You might try glazier’s points, set in with a pair of pliers. They’re small, pointed but not terribly sharp, so you can brush your hands along the wood to find them, and don’t leave too much of a hole.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 03-28-2009 02:31 AM

Are you using Hand or Power tools?
Welcome to lumber Jocks, glad to have you aboard!

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#5 posted 03-28-2009 02:57 AM

I use both hand and power tools.

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#6 posted 03-28-2009 04:06 AM

I’m glad that you are very inventive and don’t let anything stop waht you want to accomplish.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 03-28-2009 04:25 AM

That software must be a great help. I really admire you for what you do. Would those cutting guides work like the ones Dan was mentioning?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 03-28-2009 04:41 AM

Louie, I just read your profile. Now I am really amazed. You really have what it takes to get the job done. Maybe we can encourage some of those other companies to listen to your ideas…..

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 03-28-2009 04:42 AM

Louie – I admire your gusto for doing what you want to do despite being blind. My Uncle Pete was both blind and a double amputee – but he did marvelous woodworking. I’m not sure how he did it as I was just a little girl when he died. But I have a table that he did that I’ve used since I was little. (I’ll have to take a picture and post later.) I do know that my Aunt Rose would help him from time to time. But I know for a fact that he used the table saw and band saw regularly.

But back to your question – I used to do quilting and there was a rotary cutter that I’d use to cut my material. It was quite sharp (I had a number of opportunities to find that out – by cutting myself.). You can get these at most hobby stores. I would think in most wood it would leave a pretty good line that could be felt for lining up the actual cut.

I certainly can understand how you could make good straight cuts with a band saw or a table saw. Once you get your fence set up – it would be pretty straight forward. You are a braver man than I though to do it blind. I think I would be more comfortable with the band saw.

Good luck.

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

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#10 posted 03-28-2009 05:21 AM

Louie, You might consider making or having someone make a jig that can be easily set at different lengths so that you can feel the setting numbers in braille. You could then lay out tenons, mortises, etc. There are guides for sale that are used cabinet door hinge boring drills that have flip tabs that are set at exact intervals. You could then design around these fixed settings for short or long boards. The tabs could be marked in braille. The other possible tool would be a Tiger Stop system. It is a digitally controlled fence. There might be a way to configure it to be used by a blind person. This is an interesting subject and challenge.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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