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We have mentioned before that K. is doing Schroth exercises as physical therapy for issues associated with the scoliosis. Having a set of wall bars is a great help in performing the exercises, so Jim set about building them once we got back home from a week of Schroth training, and they are now done!
We went from this:
We used them for the first time two nights ago and they are fabulous!
For those who are gluttons for details, here’s a general overview of how Jim built them. First, his list of materials:
-1/2″ plywood, 1 4×8 sheet
-3/4″ plywood, 1 4×8 sheet
-1-1/4″ 3 ft. oak dowels – Qty. 16
-1-1/4″ 3 ft. galvanized pipe (1)
-2′ x 6′ mirror
-4 plastic mirror clips with screws
-8 2-1/2″ lag bolts
-8×1-1/4 wood screws
For the sides, he first ripped the 3/4″ plywood to get two 11″ widths of wood. Next:
Then with a forstner bit, he began drilling the holes that the bars would fit into:
After dry-fitting both sides with the bars, Jim measured for the back and cut that plywood to size. Then it was time to paint.
Notice in the picture above that the top bar is the galvanized metal pipe…it was supposed to be a 1-1/2″ oak dowel to support someone’s full body weight if they’re hanging by their hands with their feet off the ground. We couldn’t find an oak dowel of that diameter locally, so we figured a metal bar would substitute fine.
After attaching the back with wood screws and then fastening the mirror in place with the clips, Jim fastened the whole system to the wall screwing the lag bolts into studs. And once again, the finished product!