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    Dealing with Aging and Other Challenges

    One simple tip for dealing with declining vision:

    Get a flat tape and lay the square across it to mark. No parallax errors and easier to make an easy to see mark.

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    If your vision is declining and you have not heard of Derek Cohen;s Blue Tape trick, I urge you to go to his website and learn about it.

    If you have a tip for overcoming challenges, please post them to this thread so that we have one place to accumulate them (unless there already is oen and I missed it)

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    Put tools away when you're finished with an operation.

    It is preferable they always go to the same places.

    Store things you rarely use on the wall you face, when standing at your bench.

    Consider hiring movers for anything heavier than a suitcase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Matthews View Post
    Put tools away when you're finished with an operation.

    It is preferable they always go to the same places.

    Store things you rarely use on the wall you face, when standing at your bench.

    Consider hiring movers for anything heavier than a suitcase.
    Jim,

    Funny but true.

    I can remember lifting the back end of a VW and now I'm pushed to get a 8/4 board out of the wood pile without MsBubba's help.

    ken

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    My vision is helped immensely with my magnifying safety glasses. My issues are arthritis in my hands, and using my Western joinery saws aggravates the pain. Japanese pull saws are easier on my hands, but getting a Leigh DT jig and a Festool Domino was the biggest help!
    If the thunder don't get you, the lightning will.

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    A six inch ring lit magnifying glass and quality tweezers for my splinter station is a big time saver. Canít imagine why I did not do it before!
    ​You can do a lot with very little! You can do a little more with a lot!

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    Put the small tools you use a lot on a tray and keep them handy. Easy to move the whole tray when needed.

    Don’t put the machines any further apart than necessary to eliminate a lot of unnecessary walking.

    Go into the shop around 9pm to setup a machine, organize and plan the next days work.

    Keep a nice rolling office chair nearby to take breaks in.

    Put notes in your phones note app for things needed and jobs to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce King View Post
    Put the small tools you use a lot on a tray and keep them handy. Easy to move the whole tray when needed.

    Don’t put the machines any further apart than necessary to eliminate a lot of unnecessary walking.

    Go into the shop around 9pm to setup a machine, organize and plan the next days work.

    Keep a nice rolling office chair nearby to take breaks in.

    Put notes in your phones note app for things needed and jobs to do.
    I have at least 3 mid-sized magnetic trays (Harbor Freight) near my bench! Huge help!
    If the thunder don't get you, the lightning will.

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    Lighting!! I was looking for a reputable source online about how we need morelight to see with the acuity we used to have, didn't find an easy reputable link. I can say I took my shop up to 100 lumens per square foot of work area in my early 50s and should have done so sooner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken hatch View Post
    I can remember lifting the back end of a VW and now I'm pushed to get a 8/4 board out of the wood pile without MsBubba's help.

    ken
    Did you have a volume knob installed on that new ticker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Winners View Post
    Lighting!! I was looking for a reputable source online about how we need morelight to see with the acuity we used to have, didn't find an easy reputable link. I can say I took my shop up to 100 lumens per square foot of work area in my early 50s and should have done so sooner.
    Two cheap, easy, and invaluable lighting methods:

    LED headlamp.

    One of those cheap clamp on lamps with a 1/2" tenon that goes in a clamp. The clamp went in the garbage (they always slip); I drilled 1/2" holes every 12" along the back of the bench top so the lamp can be moved to where the light is needed.
    Nostalgia isn't what it used to be

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    Bifocals and bright lights. Just saying....
    Sharp solves all manner of problems.

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    The older I get the better I used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William Fretwell View Post
    A six inch ring lit magnifying glass and quality tweezers for my splinter station is a big time saver. Can’t imagine why I did not do it before!
    "Splinter Station" made me laugh. I have a too-small-for-much-else drawer in the shop that holds all my splinter removal goodies. It is a small but, often helpful thing to have a place to go where you can get invaders out of your skin quickly and easily. Different things help different people in the battle against Father Time. Good diet and exercise helped dad celebrate his 95th a couple days ago (he still walks 1-1/2 miles around the neighborhood every morning). I follow suit with a daily workout and physical therapy routine. Easy habit to start but, quite difficult to maintain. Arthritis and a soar back from ignoring my age sometimes sets me back BUT, I always re-start .
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 01-01-2021 at 11:28 AM.
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    +1 on the above - The Japanese pull saws help and I just ordered a Japanese smoothing plane to help my wrists, which decided I was doing too much pushing with them! Also just ordered a ring magnifying light and am thinking about adding more lights to the shop as well.

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    More light! More light!.... and magnifiers of all sorts around everywhere (esp. near sharpening station and on workbench). Happy New Year to all.

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