Request: Client #1 (November 2002) asked if his new manual coconut shredder could be powered, since only one of his hands functions well.
Solution: Using a recycled electric drive motor from a hospital bed, some baltic birch plywood and a new variable speed controller, the project was completed.
Request: A mature client was having difficulty holding a take-out cup of hot chocolate. Could we make a fold-up cup holder with a solid loop for his hand.
Solution: Using two 4" square electrical utility boxes, the top and bottom were cut-out and drilled to accept standard cupboard door hinges. These were attached to a formed 3/16" PVC handle with 8-32 cabinet screws.
Request: Client had difficulty accessing his pantry shelves and wanted a cutting board that he could access and use.
Solution: Using 1/2" baltic birch ply, 16" full-ext. drawer guides, new rubber-corner cutting board and burgundy laminate, three pull-out drawers were built to accomodate the client's needs. Easy-loop handles, full extension to reach the back, and laminate for easy clean-up.
Request: 'I want to see when it boils!'
Solution: Using 3/8" baltic birch, plexiglass mirror stock and brackets and trim, a cooking-school style adjustable mirror unit was fabricated. Swivel allows for proper positioning for cleitn/cook in power wheelchair.
Pull Out Fridge Shelves
Request: Client requested a set of three pull-out fridge shelves for daily use.
Action: Using 16" X 24" wide white shelf, three baskets were formed with 4" sides. End pieces were added from extra material.
16" full-extension sliders were welded to the metal lower cross-rods and flexible strapping handles were attached with p.e. retainer strips.
Baskets were attached to existing shelves for easy removal. Ends prevent stuff from falling back when shelves are extended.
Utensil Holder (Cutting)
Request: Saw the sample of the Amazing Dimes Gizmo Knife at People-in-Motion. Could we make a set for his wife, a stroke victim.
Solution: Duplicated the original design, using 3/16" heavier lexan. Swedish knives and twin velcro straps finished them off. Client is now able to cut her food again.
Request: Client needed a 'transfer trolley' for pots and pans from stove to table etc.
Solution: Using melamine shelving, a triple-shelf 12" X 24" unit was built. two removable tiles were added to the top, along with walnut edging and towel holders for handles. Base extends under counter lip for stability and 4 casters make travel easy.
Base has fives pieces of 5/8" off-cuts hidden inside for added weight to provide hard to tip design. All casters swivel for even travel.