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Here's a nice piece about one of our community's biggest contributors, Rich Fabend, from Woodworker's Journal. Rich started our Learned Empowerment group where he shares his ideas for making life easier.
Rich (pictured right) has a page dedicated to "Wooden Handles." They begin with a 1" dowel, into which a sleeve is inserted, usually by means of an Allen wrench. Putting a crosspiece on the handles has meant that Rich has been able to strap binoculars to them so he can hold and look through them. Making those handles, Rich said, is "very time-consuming, but satisfying." As a result of his injury, "my hands are in a semi-gripped closed position. I can saw with a hand saw or a coping saw. I'm able to drill; I can get a drill in my hand and press it into the wood, usually with my head." He also uses a Dremel for some activities, mainly things like smoothing edges on PVC pipe or similar functions.
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