Starting a youtube channel for wheelchair woodworkers and what not

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Blog entry by cdaniels posted 09-03-2014 06:22 AM 2724 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So i’ve been doing a lot of sitting on my tuckus and i’ve got the wild hair of an idea that since i’m now in a wheelchair and I am a diehard woodworker than why not try to help out the rest of the randoms out there that are in a similar situation? Problem with this is that I have no video editing, or making experience at all. I’m thinking about just starting with a basic introduction video introducing myself and outlining a few things that i’ll be doing in my videos and then moving on to making different episodes for building all sorts of stuff when you’re in a wheelchair. I’m not looking to get rich (allthough I wouldn’t mind if I did) but since being put in this chair i’ve really grown a keen liking to helping other people that are thirsting for knowledge. I have gotten a lot of inspiration on here from some new friends like Sheila Landry “scrollsawgirl” and Gary “wiz” Burns and my friends over at the stumpy nubs forum. I know there’s a lot of experience on this site and I’m hoping I can get some help from anyone who’s willing to share info or advice on making and promoting videos. Woodworking is going to be the main focus but who knows what could come up from cooking, (i’m a badass on the grill) to figuring out how to do things that people in a wheelchair normally have a hard time doing. Once i’m discharged and back stateside I could even go into hunting, fishing, guns, gun safety, marksmanship and all sorts of stuff. To be honest there isn’t a huge wealth of knowledge out there for those folks that are permanently at croch level and maybe it could be big, but it could also be a huge flop. Either way i’m going to give it a toss and see what happens, hopefully I can get a video put together soon and get some real good tips and advice.

Iron Sides

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#1 posted 09-03-2014 06:46 AM

CD, good to hear you are inspired to help! Sounds like this could fill a great need. May God bless your efforts.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 09-03-2014 09:18 AM

Excellent idea. Whatever it takes to get people some self esteem and motivation.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-03-2014 10:02 AM

That sounds like a fine project. And one that is usefull in many levels.
If there, as you say, is not much content of of this kind youll be filling a gap ant that coud be large.
If you produce nice videos I for one will for sure be looking! (and the place to look for help on producing videos for YouTube is, of course, YouTube..)

Keep us posted on the project!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#4 posted 09-03-2014 10:46 AM

Sounds like there is a need to be filled….
Good luck in this worthwhile venture!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 09-03-2014 11:57 AM

sounds like a plan CD, and a market for it too ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 09-03-2014 05:47 PM

Can’t wait for episode #1!

I have a daughter with challenges (very different than you, but the principle applies) and finding good materials by people who just so happen to share those challenges is hard. As a result, we will look are always on the lookout for materials by anyone atypical to make the point that her challenges are just that, challenges – not insurmountable walls.

Good luck!

-- I do this for fun.

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#7 posted 09-03-2014 07:07 PM

What a wonderful idea!

-- Community Manager

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#8 posted 09-03-2014 10:22 PM


That is how I felt also and I love to teach individuals how to turn.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#9 posted 09-04-2014 12:47 AM

well I don’t know how to do it arlin so you’ll have to teach me

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#10 posted 09-04-2014 05:40 AM

i’m doing a lot of research on video editing on the computer and types of cameras/video recorders and i’m wondering if just your basic computer is going to be fine for what i’ll be doing or if I’m going to have to start looking into the more advanced optics and computer? I don’t want to waste a bunch of money but I don’t want to have to rebuy in 6 months either.

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#11 posted 09-04-2014 02:29 PM

Great idea!!! Thanks, cdaniels. At our wood club meeting this month, I sat with an ‘elderly’ woodworker and he was lamenting the fact that he had ole Uncle Arthur in his feet. He didn’t know how long he was going to be able to stand in the shop. He was really hesitant to try sitting and do woodworking. He just didn’t know if he could handle the techniques needed.

I will pass this blog on over to him. I’m sure you are going to be an inspiration to all us aging woodworkers who might find themselves in a chair or on a stool butchering wood.

Onward and upwards!!

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#12 posted 09-08-2014 10:49 PM

well the camera I tried to use this weekend didn’t really want to work so I had to dig out the wife’s video camera. after getting it all charged up the card was full so I had to backup the photos on it which turned into doing that with all the memory cards, then the phones, then the computer, then no time to record lol. gonna start working on a script today, I think i’m going to start with introducing a basic set of hand tools for the first one. any suggestions?

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#13 posted 11-18-2014 05:14 PM

I’m new here, so I’m trying to learn how to navigate “Lumberjocks”. If my question doesn’t fit in the right place, my apologies.

I noticed a while ago you asked the question of where best to mount your vice. I just bought one and would like any advice that would help. I thought a bit about buying a steel mounting stand at Harbor Freight, but it was an added cost AND I still remember rasslin’ around a vice in a friend’s shop years ago. It always seemed to be in the wrong place and it took several loud grunts to move it around.

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#14 posted 11-18-2014 10:12 PM

mjc- I’ve learned that theres several different types of vises and where to put them. if you have a vice that mounts under your workbench so that the jaws are flush with the top of your vise which is what I have. I’ve found that mounting it on the far right side isn’t very effective for me but mounting it to the left is a lot better. but that’s going to be different if you stand to do your woodworking. what I reckon you could do is just take some C clamps and clamp it on different sections of your bench. and clamp a piece down then try to plane it or cut it, whichever you do more. that will tell you for sure where is the most comfortable for you without actually attaching it multiple times.

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#15 posted 11-18-2014 10:23 PM


That is a wonderful idea. I was going to do a DVD to sell cheap but that is a better idea. What do you have to record it and download it?

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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