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One member said that my suggestion for the solution to his problem was just too inelegant once. This is one of the most inelegant ideas I've had but it is working fairly well so far. I'm not able to just grab a sheet of mdf or particle board and pack it around anymore. Arthritis in my shoulders has ended that. Depending on the weight of a sheet of ply it may also be a problem. Most of the tools I've seen run around $60 or so and some of them might not work that well for my specific issues.

So I had the top section off a lawn mower handle and I thought I would try bending the tips to hold a sheet and see if that worked and so far it has worked surprisingly well. I wasn't sure the tips would be strong enough to pack a sheet without losing their bend but I've carried a sheet of 3/4 mdf with it and it held up. I made it by flattening the last 3 1/2" of tubing and then bending them in a vise to the shape I wanted. It would be nice to have an offset bend on the handle for my knuckles but there isn't enough pressure on them to be a big issue.
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Too inelegant???? Geez

As Clint Eastwood said in Heartbreak Ridge: “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome!”
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what Vince said...

now add some outside mounted HD corner braces...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I like that Charles, I know what you mean by the old shoulders not being what they used to be. Seems like the material keeps getting heavier too.

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what Vince said...

now add some outside mounted HD corner braces...
I was thinking of something like that but so far hasn't been necessary.

The handle is long enough that I'm only lifting the sheet around 1 1/2' up which puts the top of the sheet at around shoulder height on me (6' 2") which makes for very comfortable carrying and no issues going through doorways.
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I was thinking of something like that but so far hasn't been necessary.

The handle is long enough that I'm only lifting the sheet around 1 1/2' up which puts the top of the sheet at around shoulder height on me (6' 2") which makes for very comfortable carrying and no issues going through doorways.
the idea was to strengthen the bottom bends so that they don't straighten over time...

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Whomever called it "inelegant" is who I would have questions about, NOT YOU! We woodworkers very often need to improvise to get things done. It appears to me that you've: (1) encountered a problem, (2) thought-it-out, (3) solved the problem and (4) shared it with MANY others. Some "woodworkers" act like they're in a "fashion show" with their tools! Solving problems in an economical and practical manner is simply being smart!

What some people that don't know you personally aren't realizing is that you're just a tiny little fellow at 6'-2" and 320 pounds and sometimes you need help!

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That's about as inelegant as it can get...masterful...form, fit, function...that's what it's about...

...and certainly elegant that you shared the simplicity of it all...

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Charles; how about a few wraps of foam type sill gasket at the two upper bends? That'd give you finger room on the horizontal 'handle' section...maybe save some mashed knuckles?
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A solution to a problem with "stuff" at hand. Doesn't get any better than that
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