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post #1 of 5 Old 08-04-2011, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Wooden grab bars

Does anyone have a source for wooden grab bars?
An elderly customer wants several safety grab bars for different areas around the house but wants them in wood vs metal or painted.

I thought you wood guys might have some ideas.
I was even thinking of a turned handle with a metal elbow that returns to the wall.

Thanks for any and all ideas......

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How about these?:

http://www.alibaba.com/product-free/..._Grab_Bar.html

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Wood grab bars sound nice, but they are likely pretty rare. Grab bars are purposed mostly for bathrooms, in showers and tubs. Because of the moisture exposure, they are made of materials other than wood, like metals. Wood ones might have to be custom made.








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It's not a matter of sounding nice.
Elderly people need safety throughout the house not just in the bathroom areas.
This is a nice house with lots of natural oak trim.
Shiny metal just wouldn't look right.

I know there's a way to do them.
Just looking for cool ideas from the wood wizards in here.

H.A.S. ...I saw the Alibaba line. I've sent them a request.

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How does this sound...if you have a lathe, you could turn two ends to look like oversized engine valves (intake/exhaust). Leave the stem thick enough to use as a tenon. Then just use a wood dowel (1.25" - 1.5"), and drill mortises near the ends.








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