Recliner Riser

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Project by CFrye posted 05-14-2013 03:43 PM 5745 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a ‘recliner riser’ I made for my Mom to elevate her recliner and make it easier for her to get up from it. It was also an exercise to practice mitered corners, making rabits (spelling?), dowel plug use and finishing. I figured it would be a good thing to practice on because, if it turned out ugly, no one would see it. I made the sides out of 2×4 pine and the face of 3/4 inch oak plywood. I originally wanted to spline the miters using a jig I saw on WoodWorking for Mere Mortals but decided the ‘box’ would be too unweildy (and unsafe) so I opted for recessed screws covered with oak dowel plugs. 1” x 1” rabit was cut on the inside edge of the 2×4 pieces on the table saw and the upper edge rounded over with sand paper. After the ‘box’ portion was glued, secured with screws and plugged, I simply glued the plywood in place. Finished with 2 coats of half poly/half naptha, sanded and 2 more coats of straight poly. Let me say right now-I suck at finishing! HaHaHa! Lots of room for improvement there! Oh well. Mom thought it was wonderful and it works great! Constructive critisism is always welcome and appreciated. Thanks for looking.

-- God bless, Candy

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 09:11 PM

Having knee problems myself, I can assure you your Mom appreciates that little lift. It will make getting in and out of that recliner soooo much easier.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 05-16-2013 02:21 PM

Thanks for looking and commenting Bill. Mom does appreciate it. We were at her house yesterday and my husband tried it out (he has bad knees too). He wants one! Gives me a project to try out finger joints! I’ll post pics.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 02:18 PM

What a practical idea. Nicely done.

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#4 posted 12-03-2013 03:01 PM

Thank you Laketrout. I appreciate the feedback.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 01-07-2014 10:06 PM

What I like about this project, and your approach to learning woodworking, is you used it for skill development. Well done Candy!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 01-08-2014 01:36 PM

Thanks CL810. I have a hard time just doing something for the sake of practice. I prefer something useful to come out of my efforts. Maybe why I hate house work so much. Seems its always practice! Thanks for commenting.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 04-08-2016 02:14 AM

Its great, a hand made product which is perfect and almost unique as those on offered at

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