Robert Monk

Aug 142018


The client required an internal ramp such that she could be wheeled by a carer from floor level up to the patio door threshold onto the commercially manufactured aluminium suitcase ramp for access outside.

A lightweight 12mm plywood ramp was made with 3x supporting rails underneath, profiled to rest on the door step, with 4x thin non-slip rubber feet protecting the wooden floor.

The ramp is long enough to give a 1:10 gradient and wide enough to sit either side of the suitcase ramp. There are 2x side rails to keep the wheel chair on the ramp and these are extended to the patio door groove with location pegs to prevent movement once fitted. There are 2x finger holes, so it can be lowered down without finger entrapment.


Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/70.

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Aug 142018
 Roller1 in use
Body roller in use
Roller 1 being moved

Modified body roller being moved

Roller2a unmodified

Second body roller unmodified

Roller 2 being moved

Modified body roller being moved

The special school has two types of body roller to provide deep pressure therapy as the children crawl between the rollers; both have no means of moving them safely.

On the first type of body roller, wheels were added to one end, with brakes scavenged from a condemned wheelchair, and a dolly made to lift the other end to allow the whole to be moved.

On the second type, wheels were added to one end in such a way that they were off the ground in normal use and supported the roller off the ground when being moved (similar to the domestic wheelie bin).


Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/58.

 August 14, 2018  Posted by at 15:54 Uncategorized Comments Off on BK2018/58 – Body rollers modifications
Jul 052018
Artists' paint brush holder - pic 6
Original aid by Worcester Panel
The client has difficulty gripping the slender handle of her paint brush. This 3D-printed plastic holder will suit a range of brush sizes. The finger holes are located to suit her limited dexterity.

The design was copied from the original idea by the Worcester panel, made in aluminium.

Berkshire Panel

 July 5, 2018  Posted by at 16:17 Leisure Activities Comments Off on Artist’s paint brush holder
Jul 052018
Board in use

Sandwich board

Cot before mod
Cot before the modification

A young autistic child requires feeding from a feeding pump through a tube directly into his stomach overnight. He plays with the pump settings resulting in his feed being interrupted and possible hypoglycaema. A means of restricting access to the pump is required within the limited range imposed by the length of the feeding tube.

The child sleeps in a high-sided cot with Perspex panels. One panel was replaced by a pair of plywood boards which are clamped to the cot side without damaging it. The rucksack containing the pump is hung on the outside board with the feeding tube passing through a hole into the cot.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/47.

 July 5, 2018  Posted by at 11:27 Children's equipment - General Comments Off on BK2018/47 – Feeding pump support bracket
Jun 132018
Tailgate closer The client was unable to reach up to close the tailgate of her car. It was not possible to add a strap (as used on this solution) because the car is leased (the client was unhappy to drill fixing holes) and there are no convenient existing screws to use.

A simple foam-covered hook was made which engages with the door handle.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/46.

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Jun 072018
20180516_134512 A Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) school uses a small tractor to tow a powered machine for picking up horse droppings. Its speed needs to be controlled remotely by the tractor driver.

The speed control lever is mounted on the tractor with plastic pipe clips which allows it to be detached easily when necessary.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/48.

 June 7, 2018  Posted by at 15:08 Children's Equipment - Development and Play Comments Off on BK2018/48 – RDA trailer remote speed control
Jun 072018
Cue Rest
One-hander snooker rest
Copy by Berkshire Panel
A one-handed snooker player required a rest for his cue that could allow him to play his shots, but also be easy to move one-handed about the table.

This simple rest was made from a bracket usually used as a centre support for a wardrobe rail. The ring allows the rest to be positioned using the cue. The cut-outs allow it to be placed close to the ball without compromising stability.

Derby, Burton & District Panel

 June 7, 2018  Posted by at 14:47 Leisure Activities Comments Off on One-handed snooker rest
Jun 022018
A wheelchair basketball club frequently damage their wheels and find it difficult and expensive to get them straightened at bicycle repair shops, whose jig are made for bicycles which have different spindles from wheelchairs.

A simple jig was made that can be stored and transported easily and used while seated (unlike bicycle jigs which are floor mounted for use by someone standing). The out-of-true is indicated by the adjustable plastic finger in contact with the wheel rim to identify which spoke(s) need adjusting.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/33

 June 2, 2018  Posted by at 09:58 Sport Comments Off on BK2018/33 – Wheelchair wheel straightening jig
May 272018

A special needs school needed an activity wall similar to those found in almost every junior school playground. The complication was that most of the children at the school were in wheel chairs so they could not access the usual type which is attached to a fence or wall. They needed a free standing unit with the surfaces cut away at lower level so that the wheel chairs could pass underneath and allow the children direct access to the activities. A wooden frame was constructed using fence posts and gravel boards with the various activities attached to the four faces.


Berkshire Panel Job BK2017/32.

 May 27, 2018  Posted by at 15:24 Children's Equipment - Development and Play Comments Off on BK2017/32 – Four-sided activity stand
May 142018
pic 2 for report
Footstool with added hooks and handle.

Because of his height, the client finds that the footrest of his riser/recliner chair does not support his feet. The footrest cannot be extended, as was done in this solution.

The problem was initially considered as a modification of the footrest by adding a permanent hinged extension to the chair in order to support the client’s feet. However, the proposed solutions either required greater dexterity than the client possessed or interfered with other mobility aids such as his Molift Raiser. It was therefore decided to modify a standard wheeled footstool. Hooks were added around the cushion base, 2x long lightweight handles with hooks were made and a loop of cord was attached. The client therefore has several options as to how he can move the footstool in and out of position himself.

Berkshire Panel Job BK2018/36.

 May 14, 2018  Posted by at 11:35 Chairs and Chair Accessories Comments Off on BK2018/36 – Modify foot rest of riser/recliner chair