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THE KATZ-MOSES WOODWORKERS WITH DISABILITIES FUND

We believe that woodworking should be accessible to ALL.

And that includes craftsmen and women with disabilities.

The Katz-Moses Woodworkers with Disabilities Fund (KMWDF) is a non-profit that proudly supports woodworkers who have physical and mental disabilities by providing the resources they need to grow their hobby, craft or business.

Designing and creating things on your own is one of the most fulfilling and healing activities one can take part in.

The sense of pride and self confidence that goes along with completing a project is something we can all relate to and the effect can’t be understated.

All too often, our fellow craftsmen and women with disabilities have a hard time obtaining the resources they need to pursue their passion and reap the rewards woodworking has to offer.

The KMWDF aims to use our vast reach to connect these makers with disabilities to people who can support them, body, mind and soul.

Whether these individuals are living with the effects of an accident, genetic handicaps, combat related physical disabilities or mental disability, we’re here to help.  

For donations and all other inquiries please email:

support@kmtools.com.

THE BUILD UP INITIATIVE

For many woodworkers with disabilities, workholding and moving objects around the shop presents a challenge.

The Build Up Initiative aims to deliver devices that assist with workholding so woodworking can truly be accessible to all — whether it's as a hobby or a full-time career.

For a more in-depth look at the initiative and the projects, check out our blog.

HOW IT WORKS

We’ve developed plans for 3 projects that assist with workholding in the woodshop:

  • Low Combination Work Horse
  • Gantry Crane with Electric Hoist
  • Micro-Workbench with One-Handed Vise

Volunteer woodworkers can build these devices — then deliver them to woodworkers with disabilities who would benefit from their use.

It's a mission by woodworkers, for woodworkers...

And we need your help.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

There are three ways you can support the Build Up Initiative

Choose how to get involved!

If you'd like to help by building a project to be donated, purchase a set of plans or templates. Once you do, we'll email you an application form so we can connect you to a recipeint for you to deliver your project to. All builders will receive a tax-deductible reciept for a predetermined value of the project, which includes materials and your time.

If you're unable to donate or build, you can also donate your time by volunteering with the KMWDF. Fill out the application below and we'll email you with further steps to find the best organizational fit for you.

If you're a woodworker with a disability and would benefit from one of these devices, apply as a recipient.

#BUILDUPINITIATIVE

Help us get the word out by tagging #buildupinitiative in photos of your builds, and make sure to include our social handles (@kmwwdf and @kmtools on Instagram, @katzmoseswoodworking on TikTok)

As woodworkers, we should build each other up…

And the KMWDF Workholding Initiative is a step in that direction.