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New Floor Mat and Leg Support

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Tue 1st Dec 2020

I have been trying some Japanese woodworking methods, working from the floor, but want to ensure I don't add to the pain, particularly with the knees, so have been exploring new mats to work with, and a bit of leg support. I'm no expert on the muscular system, so don't expect a medical view here, just a simple view from someone who is trying it all out.

New Mat for Japanese Planing Beam
New Mat for Japanese Planing Beam

The mat helped as I didn't have to keep folding it up, and it was perhaps a little softer on my knees. It also enabled me to put a towel over my ankles to rest on, which I hoped took a little of the pressure off my knees.

New Mat for Japanese Planing Beam
Using towel to reduce pressure from my knees - will it work - I will have to try it

I should like to try this out more over the coming weeks to see if it is effective - my primary concern is my knees, and how it is all affected by this.

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