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Project by Cliff posted 10-25-2017 10:05 AM 1385 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought it about time to make a long shoehorn. My left Hip has had it and mobility is getting difficult. Any LJs who have a hip problem will understand the agony trying to put their shoes on. At the moment I am wearing only slip on shoes to save trying to do up laces. I am having Total Left Hip Replacement in January 2018. It cant come soon enough.

I bought the fittings from Penn State and the Wood is Australian Silky Oak. It seemed a good idea to approach this project as if I were making a chisel handle. If you have a look at the shoe end you will see a brass ferrule that I added for strength.

Both ends were glued in with a 2 part epoxy glue that is very popular in Australia.

The finish is 7 coats of Danish Oil, lightly rubbed between the first 5 coats. No more rubbing between the last 2 coats.
I tried it out today and what a relief to be able to be able to put my shoes on without hip pain.
Bring on the Surgery!!!!

Kind regards to all my Lumber Jock friends.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#1 posted 10-25-2017 12:01 PM

Nice job on the shoehorn as it looks great and will be very helpful. Good luck with the surgery. I have had a replacement hip for quite a few years and it has made a big difference. You might want to make yourself one of those things that help you put on a sock. It would be useful now and after surgery when you can not bend much.

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#2 posted 10-25-2017 12:02 PM

Nice one Cliff, I know what you mean with the hip. Bugger getting old isn’t it. Hope your surgery goes well, the sock aid would also be useful as Redoak suggested.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 10-25-2017 12:32 PM

Glad to know it works for you. Funny how a simple little shoehorn can bring relief and make the start of the day a bright one. Nice job Cliff. Looks long enough to do the job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 10-25-2017 01:15 PM

This is very nice project and I bet that you love to use it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 10-25-2017 01:20 PM

Those are real handy. Nice work,Cliff!!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 10-25-2017 08:27 PM

Now that looks heaps better than my long blue plastic one… beautiful sir.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#7 posted 10-25-2017 10:13 PM

I just had my hip replaced on 10/6/17. Feeling much better already. Good luck. They will have you up and walking the next day. I had pain the first night but other than that slight discomfort.

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#8 posted 10-25-2017 11:39 PM

I’m needing one bad!!!!
Cool project, and much needed. :-{

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#9 posted 10-26-2017 01:09 AM

Thank you for your comments and your best wishes for Surgery. I am very pleased that your surgery was a success. Great suggestion for making a device to put socks on. I will get cracking on that right away. Thank you.

Bob. Bloody Oath!!!! It is a Bugger getting Old. The Right Hip replacement was a great success back in 2014. So I am hoping the left one will be the same. Same Surgeon and same Hospital so that is a good start.
Yes a good suggestion about sock aid by Redoak49. Thanks Bob.

Dave., Thank you. Yes it is amazing how such a simple device can save so much pain and swearing Ha Ha,
I thought at first it was far too long. But when using it. The length is perfect.

Charles…Thank you. It is indeed a pain free pleasure to put my shoes on now.

Jim. Thank you. Also thank you for telling me about Penn State to buy the basic Kit. Much appreciated.
I thought at first I was making the handle way too long…..but it turned out to be just right….next step now is to make/buy a device to put my socks on.

Peter. Thank you…it certainly makes a huge difference in the mornings when getting dressed.

cebfish. I am so glad that your Surgery was a success and that you are feeling much better. Thank you for the encouraging words.

htl. Thank you. It sounds like you also might be needing a new hip. I hope things go well for you.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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