Modifying the shop and tools to fit the wheelchairworker......#1

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Blog entry by lilredweldingrod posted 05-26-2011 09:25 PM 5556 reads 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that I have got the new saw pretty much dialed in, I’m ready to tackle the remainder of the power tools and arrange the shop for maximum ease in operation.

This is the old saw and out feed table that I started with on my woodworking journey. As you can see, it takes up a lot of space in my cramped shop. With the saw stationed here I just barely could close the door.

I recently bought a new Grizzly G0690 cabinet saw and lowered it to meet my requirements for comfort, safety and ease of operation.

I used to store the shaper/router and the bandsaw here in front of the lumber rack. They were always in the way and to be used I had to roll them out on the drive way. I won’t even discuss the pain to get to a piece of wood.

As you can see, this was the normal operation for work in my shop. During bad weather, I was only able the aggravate lumberjocks via computer as I could not work in the shop.Soooo…..

I lowered the shaper/router 5 inches and dropped the bandsaw a tiny bit more to be my new out feed table.

And since both the band saw and the shaper/router have cast iron tops, when I lowered them,I made sure nothing would interfere with the miter slots.

With the bandsaw on the left side, there were just to many problems. The main problem is when doing sheet goods, the distance needed on the left side of the table saw varies too much. But I need the band saw here because of the 220v plug.
So, I swapped places with the shaper/router and the band saw. Now with the band saw here, I have the 220v plug, the shaper/router is much more handy and requires much less moving when being used for an out feed table. And when needed, I just pull it out like a drawer and get the clearance needed for rails and stiles etc.
The band saw almost never will need to be moved as the blade is out of the way of the out feed boards,and It will only need to be relocated is I need to cut long material. I will need to move it to drag out the sheet goods stored behind it.

This series will be an on going blog as I rearrange things for ease of operation and safety for me and any others using my shop.
Enjoy and any and all comments pro or con are appreciated.

PS..Remember, if it isn’t a comfortable shop, it isn’t a safe shop, especially for the disabled.

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#1 posted 05-26-2011 09:36 PM

Keep em coming! I love seeing how people use creative solutions to various issues…. This is cool stuff.

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#2 posted 05-26-2011 09:36 PM

Rand, you’re really moving right along!

It’s always nice when a plan comes together…

You remind me of “The A Team”.... click… click… click… click… bang bang bang…
Thank you mam…

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#3 posted 05-26-2011 09:48 PM

Thanx guys. I also took the Ridgid CSMS and mobile base down back to the ocean container because all I do is roll it out, roll it back in. I almost never use it. I can do just about anything on the table saw that I can do on it, so it is now for sale.

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#4 posted 05-26-2011 10:17 PM

looks good

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 05-26-2011 10:18 PM

Regarding 220 volt plugs: Since you are probably only using one machine at a time on the 220 circuit, you can daisy chain other 220V plugs so that you have other places to plug in. Just hook into the current 220 box at the receptacle, or with wire nuts. When I put in 220 on my central pillar, I put a plug in each of the 4 sides. My 220 dust collector is on its own circuit from a different panel. My RAS and TS are plugged into two of the plugs, and the others are for future needs.

This should prove to be a real resource for other handicapped folks, good blog Rand.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 05-26-2011 10:22 PM

thank´s for taking the time to do this Rand
you deffently can show us a thing or two…. wait you already have done the first
so let us set the no. high ….. to a niice round one ….. 100 is a nice no. ..... right :-)
rock for us Rand

take care

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#7 posted 05-26-2011 10:32 PM

This is great Rand
Seeing this again made me feel like I should try and do somthing to help our good friends in wheel chairs so I sent this e mail to Grizzly tools. If you agree please send your own e mail and let’s see if can help folks that are in those wheel chairs . They deserve having good tools too.

My e mail

Hi Grizzly folks
I’m very active on there are close to 30,000 members and I’m the #1 commenter on this forum.
This post shows a need that should be addressed by a manufacturer ,it would help lot’s of folks and be great press if you made a saw for folks in wheel chairs. I have been a big fan of grizzly tools and always tell folks on line to buy grizzly tools even over company names like Laguna, Delta, Jet, and Powermatic. Please consider this idea I know there are many out there that could use your help .

Thank you
Jim Brokenbourgh
Artistic wood studio

Here’s their e mail address

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#8 posted 05-26-2011 11:09 PM

Great job.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#9 posted 05-27-2011 01:26 AM

Thanx, guys.
Jim, I’m still in limbo as to the ownership of the house, so I’m just doing the minimum electrical for what I need to have shop time.
Jim, thanx for the note to Grizzly. It would be nice for them to consider a line of tools for the wheelchair bound woodworker. It would also be nice for them to add helpful hints to their planning site for shops. There are a lot to things that we deal with everyday that any one else able to walk would never even think of.

Example: Just to turn around 360 degrees empty handed, you can do this in approximately 1 square foot of floor space. In a manual wheel chair this same action takes 16 square feet. That is 4 feet by 4 feet. If you look at the second and third photos of this thread, you will see the wide aisle way that it take s for me to just move me and a piece of wood from the lumber rack to the saw.

There are lots of little things like that, that have to be taken into consideration when laying out a shop for a wheelchair woodworker. Heck, I’m still learning too because I’m still thinking as if I were ambulatory. lol
This is the reason for moving and trying everything in different ways in the shop.

Enjoy the blog and if you have an idea to add , please do. “Just as steel sharpens steel, so the face of one man sharpens the face of another.” And Lord knows I am learning as I go along.

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#10 posted 05-27-2011 03:30 AM

hey there buddy..its looking great…nothing like feeling at ease with your shop, you have done a great job and im glad its coming all together…im just waiting to see the new grizzly planer…i think a 24 incher would be good..dont let us down have started out right with the table saw…what follows next is …..........keep it going…grizz

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#11 posted 05-27-2011 03:57 AM

Sorry Grizz. You are going to have to settle for the 12 1/2 inch Grizz planner. lol I keep it hid under the bench on the wall.The next will probably be a Grizzly drum sander, but that is a ways off.

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#12 posted 05-27-2011 04:08 PM

That I understand. If you ever had the need, you could make the equivalent of a 220 extensions cord, but if you have a working solution, bide your time till and if you have clear title.

On call this weekend, sometimes I can get in a lot of shop time, other times not. Usually I am up here a lot because I can interrupt what I am typing, not so easy to interrupt finishing, or processes that get me covered in dust…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 05-29-2011 04:15 AM

Today was a great day here in the windy old desert. The 4 1/2×2 1/2 inch reducer bushing came and the Starrett stick on tape came . Every thing is complete on the the new Grizzly. Now is the time to run every thing through the shake down cruise. lol Watch for a couple of projects in the near future.
My Marine is here for the long weekend, my youngest son is here, and two of my daughters.Having a very good visit with my family. It just don’t get no better than this. lol
I hope this finds all LJ’s in as great of a mood as I am in. Have a great weekend and enjoy yourselves. Rand

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#14 posted 05-29-2011 09:21 AM

have A great sunday Rand and enjoy it :-)


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#15 posted 05-29-2011 08:07 PM

Thanx Dennis, and you and Silke have a great weekend too.
We have 5 out of 9 kids here for the weekend, so things are Goooooood. lol
And now that I can close the garage door, this cold wind will not keep me out of the shop.
And last night while puttering around in the shop, I found the misplaced Tasmanian Myrtle. he he
Picking colors for my first cutting board.

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