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Project Suggestions for Seniors

by LBH
posted 09-10-2016 04:08 PM


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jwmalone

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#1 posted 09-10-2016 04:17 PM

My uncle used to do that years ago, sundials seemed to popular and walking canes? But whatever you do keep doing it.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#2 posted 09-10-2016 04:39 PM



My uncle used to do that years ago, sundials seemed to popular and walking canes? But whatever you do keep doing it.

- jwmalone


Walking Canes !
Brilliant !

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#3 posted 09-10-2016 05:39 PM

LOL, Some of the old men like to make them for the pretty lady’s, they were old but not dead.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#4 posted 09-10-2016 09:19 PM

Have them make a tool tote using hand tools.

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LBH

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#5 posted 09-10-2016 10:30 PM

They don’t own any tools

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LBH

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#6 posted 09-10-2016 10:30 PM

Maybe a cupholder for walkers

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#7 posted 09-10-2016 11:14 PM

Picture frames using a small wooden miter box and a handsaw.

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#8 posted 09-10-2016 11:15 PM

You can get those rubber tips for the ends of the canes in different sizes pretty cheap at places like wall greens and such.
yea picture frames are a good idea.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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Desert_Woodworker

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#9 posted 09-11-2016 03:53 PM

What a fantastic “post” graet job.
I will mull this over and give it thought and prayers. My first idea that comes to mind is finding use for all my miscellaneous wood that will eventually be discarded. Best to you and others who are doing this. Another idea is to keep it theme related, such as “the holidays” for there are many holidays.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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LBH

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#10 posted 09-11-2016 04:15 PM

I Googled making molded grips….. for canes. That idea sounds cool and I can try my King Arthur Tools sculpting blade for angle grinders. Also FastCap has an interesting “MyGrip” product. http://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=9871#!prettyPhoto

Keep those ideas coming. I truly appreciate it. Interesting fact. Only one gentleman is participating, sort of, the rest are ladies.

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#11 posted 09-11-2016 05:05 PM

Desert-woodworker, I think you’re onto something good there. Searching my memory again, Once the residents of the local retirement center were making those old school wooded toys to give to the small children In the area for Christmas. Nothing major like hobby horses, just those little pull behind ducks and things. Lots of those can be made with scrap wood and the people really enjoyed being able to do something for the kids. Put that idea out locally and you might be surprised at the help you get with donations of wood and materials.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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LBH

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#12 posted 09-11-2016 06:28 PM

I took my Excalibur scroll saw to the first session and no one wanted to try it.

It’s really a couple ladies and everyone else watches

I need to find a source for branches that would work for a cane. We have no trees where I live

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#13 posted 09-11-2016 06:57 PM

LBH – what a great thing to do. The fact that it is only one or two that works/plays and the rest watches and you still keep at it is wonderful. A lot of folks would quit if not many actually participated. But the truth is, most seniors will watch – they may not feel comfortable working on things for various reasons but watching something different then TV is fun.

I was going to suggest toys also. How about small keepsake boxes?

I have a co-worker whose daughter is an activities director at a large center here. I’ll ask her if they have ever done a woodworking activity. I’ll let you know what she says.

Thanks for doing this LBH – it’s a gem of a thing to do.

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#14 posted 09-11-2016 07:52 PM

Wood burning? Kinda like carving, but something a little different. Making small chrsitmas ornaments with their children or grandchildren’s names on them is good.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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JBrow

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#15 posted 09-12-2016 01:44 AM

LBH,

A key keeper is one of the simplest projects of all, but could be complicated to whatever extent you would like. The key keeper is a piece of wood that hangs on the wall near the front door and a place where keys are hung. Several brass L hooks screwed into the board provide a place where keys are hung. A pair of picture frame mounts attached to the back of board allows the key keeper to hang on the wall without twisting under the weight of the keys. A pair of countersunk holes could also be used to attach the key keeper to the wall.

I made a number of these as Christmas presents a few years back. The Christmas gift design featured an arched top, requiring router work; but could have just as easily been left a straight edge. This simple and inexpensive project could be used to turn the seniors’ activity room into Santa’s workshop and the seniors could crank out several of these as Christmas gifts for kids and grandkids. We added a small brass plaque with the name of the recipient engraved to the key keepers we gave away.

The key keeper pictured below is a little different design from that followed when making the Christmas gifts, but hopefully clarifies my description…

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mtenterprises

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#16 posted 09-12-2016 12:35 PM

Since it seems that most of your students would rather watch why not bring back the scroll saw and do a scroll saw demo. Have them layout their names or their families names on paper glue it to the wood and you can cut it out doing a dialog as you go. You would need some letter templates that they could trace around and some glue. If you do this over several weeks it might prompt them to get involved. Seeing machinery just once can be a bit scary but once they get used to seeing it … who knows. You could also be there cutting out the parts for toys that jwmalone suggested.

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#17 posted 09-12-2016 02:04 PM

Good suggestion
I don’t use it much so I can leave it there (without blades) for a while

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#18 posted 09-12-2016 04:06 PM

How about a spoon holder or a letter opener?

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#19 posted 09-12-2016 04:20 PM

These are all great ideas and I will present them to my “students “on Wednesday and see what they like. I kind of break it down into either practical or craft type projects. I personally like practical but what matters is what the folks like.

Boxes are neat because I get to use my Incra LS Superfence

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#20 posted 09-12-2016 04:30 PM

Different topic. Does anyone own a SuperMax 19-38 drum sander? If so is it worth the price. I alway look at a tool or machine and divide it by Festool products. As an example.

The 19-38 would be a Kapex and a sander. I pretty much have all the Festool stuff I need. Anything else would be under the nice-to-have but not critical. The Festool drill is a case in point.

Maybe some longer guide rails or MFS extrusions. That sander looks awesome. If I can find some floor space and samolians

But I digress.

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#21 posted 09-12-2016 05:30 PM

I think an ideal project for seniors (men) would be model cars; either wood or plastic. For women, needle crafts, clay sculpture, “paint by numbers”. Model railroading would also be a good community project. Building model trains can be as involved as building from scratch or as simple as a plastic “snap together” kit. I would not go with anything smaller than HO as seniors can often have poor eyesight or manual dexterity. Make it too simple and they will lose interest quickly. Seniors (I’m 82) keep sharp when they have something that perks their interest and keeps their mind active. “Active” is the key to a productive life.

After looking at the picture, it appears most of your students are women, so that might rule out woodworking or model trains or cars. Having observed that, I think games of chance would be a good way to keep them occupied for an hour or three. Games of chance such as monopoly, scrabble, cards, domino’s, etc can keep minds active as they “struggle” to win the game.

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bbasiaga

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#22 posted 09-12-2016 07:23 PM

With wood burning or carving you could have them make dice, which they could then keep there and play games with. Even just an awl and some paint with the appropriate templates and blocks of wood you pre-cut could do the trick.

Easy and practical both.

Brian

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RalphCompton

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#23 posted 09-16-2016 05:19 PM

When my wife was teaching kindergarten, the school district had a workshop for the K teachers where they could go after school and make block toys, small figurines, and other wooden things for the children to interact with. I went there a number of times to help out. Lots of the teachers (especially the younger ones) came in not knowing much about woodworking except how to use a hammer and left with a joy of having assembled something themselves. There were a couple of old geezers who volunteered their time and expertise operating the more sophisticated power tools cutting up the small parts needed. Along this idea, cut up some parts for a simple bird-feeder that they could hammer together themselves? Book ends? Napkin holders? Toys? I see a lot of posts with children’s toys and I’m sure some of these residents would love to make a toy for young grandchildren.

What you’re doing sounds like a very worthwhile use of time and gives me some ideas of what I should start doing with mine.

As far as the school workshop went, it closed up. The victim of cost-cutting and insurance regulations. Sigh.

Ralph

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000

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#24 posted 09-16-2016 05:38 PM

Who likes spaghetti?
Remember the spaghetti measurer
Simple, easy enough, and the ladies might actually use them.

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Richard

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#25 posted 09-20-2016 09:00 PM

If they don’t like or are afraid of the Scroll Saw take in a few Coping Saws and let them cut out parts with those.

If or When I go to live at an Assisted Living Center/Home I AM TAKING MY TOOLS WITH ME , I paid for them and you aren’t going to take them away from me. :) :) I may only be able to look at them at some point but I am sure still going to have them.

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#26 posted 09-20-2016 10:04 PM

How about having them make toys for their great grandkids?

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LBH

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#27 posted 09-25-2016 05:00 PM

Thanks again Guys & Gals,

I see this endeavor going more in a crafts direction than woodworking. Maybe advanced crafts. The ladies really enjoy gluing the pine cone leaves on the roof and the birdhouse looks really nice.

Using tools… not so much. Now that we’ve been together for a while I think they may lose some trepidation and try some new things. I may try to re-introduce the scroll saw for toys and ornaments.

The majority just like to watch. So there’s nothing wrong with me doing 90% of the project. They’ll be happy watching. There’s a lady that would really like cribbage board. Her ailments (kyphosis) limit her to just watching, but she is so interested in what’s going on. After thinking I couldn’t make one (that’s cool) I came up with a plan.

I’ve done some veneer work and I have a bag. I think one or two participants would like to tape up some parquetry pieces. I’ll glue it and bag it and bring it back for sanding and drilling. I’ll make a drill template on the drill press so I can drill the hole during the workshop. Then help them apply a water base top coat. They really won’t care if it goes up in flames.

I’m having a problem with a new blade on my friend’s Dewalt DWS780 miter saw. I’ll start a new thread but I figured since this thread has some readers, I’d ask ya’ll

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LBH

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#28 posted 09-25-2016 05:17 PM

I am going to help my friend install some WindsorOne base and case for 14 doors an hall, 3 bedrooms….

He’s had a DeWalt DWS780 miter saw for some time but it gets little use. I borrowed it to cut some plywood that I need for small concrete forms. I’m using scrap 3/4” pre-finished maple ply. Anyway… The cuts were terribly frayed. I told Tim a new blade was needed before the B&C job. We decided on an Amana Tool 100 tooth 12” blade. It was priced in a sweet spot between Freud and Forrest and I have had great luck with Amana router bit.

Just prior to posting I installed the blade and made two cuts. One on the plywood and on on 5/4 hickory.

I could not believe my eyes! The top edges were terrible. Better than the old Dewalt blade, but totally unacceptable for a $90 finish blade. Strangely, the bottom edge is pretty good. (No zero clearance plate)

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Luke

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