A leg injury hinders the ability to accomplish everyday tasks. Using crutches alleviates that by providing a means of ambulation. Avoid buying crutches, or simply indulge your do-it-yourself attitude by making your own crutches. The following plans take a few days to complete, so build your crutches in advance to have on hand in case of an accident.
Split the broomsticks down the centre with the ripsaw to within 12 inches of one end. Soak them in a barrel of water for three days. This will make the wood more pliable and easier to shape.
Drill a 1/4-inch hole lengthwise through the centre of the two 2-by-2-by-4-inch pieces of wood. Sand the corners to make a more rounded comfortable grip. These are the hand grips of the crutches.
Place the sanded grip between the split halves of a broom handle and adjust to the length of your arms. Drill 1/4-inch holes in the brook stick to match up to the holes in the ends of the grips. Push the 1/4-inch bolt through, place a washer on, and secure it with a nut. Repeat with the other broom handle.
Use the finishing nails to secure the two 2-by-2-by-5-inch pieces of wood to the tops of the split broom handle. Leave 1/2 inch overhang on each side. These will be the top. They will be the top supports of the crutches. Sand down the corners to make a more comfortable fit.
Things you need
- Two broomsticks
- rip saw
- barrel of water
- Two 6 inch long 1/4-inch bolts with nuts and washers
- Two 2-by2-by-5-inch pieces of wood
- Four 1-and-1/2-inch long finishing nails