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Alright, fellow Instructablers, I need help. I'm not usually a forum-poster; I like lurking. But I'm getting a little desperate. About a month ago, I was in a bit of a car accident. The airbags went off as I was trying to turn away from the telephone pole, and so my right wrist was in front of the steering wheel when the bags went off. This means that my right wrist (yes, I'm right handed) is still recovering, with the current diagnosis of "soft tissue injury with a sprain on top." I'm going to see a hand specialist, but in the mean time, it's quite the wrist brace. Though I can use my fingers, I can't do much without pain/stiffness/etc.

So here's the problem that I'm posing to you: what can I make? I'm going stir-crazy. I knit, I woodwork, I play with wire and jewelry making, I draw, I take things apart... I'm willing to learn any new medium and play with any new toys. But I can't use my wrist. So, what adaptive techniques or simple projects or mediums do you suggest until I'm back to full powers?

TL;DR: Can't use my wrist, but want to keep making things. Ideas?

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Toga_Dan

5 years ago

You can clamp a workpiece against the table with your right forearm while using a tool with your left. a bench vise is another option. Such adaptation can take a lot of planning, and re-thinking, but it is still possible.

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Nostalgic Guy

5 years ago

You could always experiment with lots of different projects then write an 'ible "101 things you CAN'T do with a damaged wrist"

All joking aside I have been in a similar situation several times following repeated surgery on my badly damaged shoulder, it invariably means I spend several weeks with my arm immobilised in a sling while grafts heal leaving only my fingers moving, you could always try things that require little or no wrist movement, following my last surgery I made quite a lot of things like plaited hatbands & paracord projects such as watchbands, belts etc.

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caitlinsdad

5 years ago

Learn to use your left hand to write, draw, etc. And you'll have new skills when the other hand recovers. Good luck.

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Kitemancaitlinsdad

Reply 5 years ago

... and a bunch of instructables with titles that all end "...with your left hand".

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caitlinsdadKiteman

Reply 5 years ago

or using the right side of your brain? left? right?