Category: Recreation


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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To create an easel to enable an individual with quadriplegia to engage in creative painting. Made of plywood, the easel consists of a base that sits on a table and a board that is hinged to the front of the base, and a wheel on to which the painting is mounted. The wheel allows the painting to be rotated on the board. The two-piece base consists of a fixed piece at the bottom and a sliding piece above, with Teflon disks in between to ensure the top piece moves easily. With the lower base at the edge of the table, the upper piece can be moved toward the user, bringing the painting surface closer. The base sections are secured by aluminum angles on each side that can be adjusted by a wing nut. Two steel bars attached to the rear of the lower piece add weight for stability when the upper piece is extended. The hinged board is held upright by a strut attached to it. The strut rests on a serrated bar attached to the top base section, enabling the board to be adjusted in angle from 45 degrees to vertical. The wheel on the board rotates, enabling the user to bring the section of the painting in progress as low as possible without remounting. Once properly positioned, the wheel is held in place by a peg. The vertical position of the wheel can also be repositioning the pivot, which is held in place by a wing nut. Repositioning the wheel enables the user to have the easel at the right height relative to her wheelchair regardless of table height. The painting is held in place by grooved mounting blocks made of layers of plywood glued in opposite directions. A pattern of captive nuts on the wheel enable any size painting to be mounted. TITLE: Painting and Sewing Aids. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 24, Number 4, Summer 2004: p.8-10. PAGES: 4 (including cover).


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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.
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