- Mar 18, 2013
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That about the dogs is amazing. I had to Google that one.
Atta boy!!! Love your attitude. Where there is a will there is a way. Never give up!Hello,
As you can possibly tell from my user name on this forum that I have been a woodturner for about seven years, also I now have both lots of woodwoking machinery including a metal working lathe and woodturning lathe, as the wood lathe was were I started, I have very bad epilepsy and have an average of 4 -5 siezures every week, but I will not let that put me off. About I have had a few siezures in my shed but up to now I have been extremly lucky. About 5 years ago I fell in a halogen heater in my shed & that heater just boke to bits as you can well imagine, but apart from that it also put all of the electricity off both in the shed & in the house, when that happened I had a local company install armoured cable from inside my home up to the shed, and this company also fitted a three pin socket in the meter cuboard, plugged into this socket is a baby alarm, and I can go into either of my sheds and have the confidence to know that if I have a siezure in the shed and the electric turns itself off, an alarm will sound inside the meter cuboard, as the electricity to the shed are on a sperate circit to everything inside the house so only loss of electric in the shed will every trip the alarm, and apart from all this the only other thing I do have is plenty of common sence, If like today I have had a siezure in the house I just will not go into the shed at anytime during that day, as I know that there could be more siezures due, this way if I do get hurt in the house at least I know that firstly I wont be hurt by any of the machinery in the shed, plus I also am lucky in that I still have my mother living at home with me and she is my carer, so evan if the worst did happen she is there to give me any help.
Also I concider that I will not let my epilepsy stop me from doing my hobbies, I have learned over the last 40 years to mould my life around the epilepy, I wont let them control me.
I hope some of the above advice may be of use to you. and hope to hear from you soon.
I hope you find some of this advise helpful
I'd consider loosing gray matter to be very serious.Hello all!
This is a bit of an odd question but I am hoping for some kind of positive answer.
Last year after a sudden seizure and brain surgery I was diagnosed with epilepsy (thankfully non-photosensitive). Thankfully I'm okay and have lost nothing at all (other than 25 cubic cm of grey matter ).
This is a serious issue and frankly I think the only really safe approach would be a rather full CNC machine implementation. By full I mean a CNC built with complete guarding that is impossible to operate when "open" and impossible to fall into while running.The problem is the potential of giving up model engineering as a result since I cannot control my seizures (three in 12 months so they're not that frequent). The thought of having one whilst on my lathe isn't one I want to consider. It's bad enough waking up on the floor let alone doing so while suddenly missing a body part...
The use of a foot switch would not work in my opinion and would leave you with a false sense of security. Much of you could end up in a machine before it coasted to a stop and that is if your foot pressure is removed in a timely manner.Basically my question is simply; is there some kind of 'kill switch' I can buy or create to cut all power to my tools upon the onset of a seizure?
I've thought about this a lot and can only come up with a 'foot paddle' that has to remain pressed to allow power to my tools. The problem is that I cannot guarantee that this will work since seizures are inherently unpredictable in their effect on the body.
Actually I don't know of anyone, however don't let this keep you from enjoying the hobby. We as a group might not find all the answers immediately but I would think some good ideas will float to the surface.Does anybody on these forums have such a condition or know someone that has and have found a way to overcome this? I dread the idea of letting this addiction go because of something so basic so any help or suggestion would be fantastic.
For somethings I think CNC would be the best route to follow even if there is an extended learning curve. Mainly because CNC isolates you from the operation of the machine. However CNC doesn't cover everything that needs to be done in the home shop. I'm thinking sharpening tools (grinding), deburring parts and finishing (belt sanders and the like). Here hand tools will have to replace power tools and you may have to prefer buying tooling as opposed to grinding HSS. Hand cranked bench grinders might be a thing of the past for most of us but I would suspect that the danger to you would be greatly reduced for light work.I'm hoping for an positive answer more for the peace of mind of my partner. I've already scared her enough over the past year with an excess of medical visits and both of us don't want another!
Having someone around is a good idea. However they would not be able to respond fast enough to prevent being turned into hamburger if you fall into a machine. This is why I see full guarding as being very important, it only takes milliseconds for a machine to do its damage. In fact I see no arrangement of observer, kill switch or other non physical guarding that would be 100% reliable.I have had students that suffered from that condition and we were able to make accommodations so that they could continue to use our machine shop area. What I would suggest has been mentioned above and that would be:
1. Try to have a partner that will be in the work area with you whenever possible. This person should have some familiarity with the machine shop tools and the ability to shut them down in the event of an emergency and also help get you medical attention.
This is certainly a good idea. These days it can be cheaper to outfit a CNC machine rather than trying to outfit a manual mill with all the required goodies.2. Explore CNC machines. You can do much of the preparation behind a computer and with the right system the actual setup of the machine can be safe and operation can be behind a closed door with safety locks in place to prevent interfering with the operation. Look for systems made for educational programs as they often have the smaller scale and safety features that you would require.
Swinging body parts into a chuck would still be extremely dangerous. However with a little creativity you can place the knobs out side of an enclosure effectively isolating you from those dangers. A suitably modified Taig lathe or even a 7x10 would still be comfortable to operate like this. The only gotcha might be the compound and there a stepper and manual pulse generator might do the trick.3. Consider using smaller machines such as Sherline, Taig. While not without dangers, they are considerably less than full size equipment and can often be rigged for other safety features that would be helpful to you.
This is very true. Hand powered grinders use to be fairly common in home shops. Even things like braces and cranked drills are useful and sometimes preferred. I use a Stanley hand cranked drill with a counter sink to deburr holes for example. Such a tool is actually an advantage as it gives you good control to just touch something up.4. Learn to love hand tools. People often forget, or do not realize, the capabilities of hand tools and mastering their use can provide a great reward, greater safety, and oftentimes better work than can be done with power tools.
Just going CNC would be a huge shift in focus. The problem is where does ones satisfaction come from. I know personally I'd rather just work with my hands rather than spend a lot of time designing.5. Consider shifting your focus. I have found as much, if not more enjoyment, documenting and writing about machine tool processes for others to enjoy. Find a good lab partner and work together to detail the process, perhaps write and publish an e-book on the subject.
Yep adaptation is the key. Since few of us have this specific issue all we can do is make suggestions. Ultimately a method of protection must be found that is 100% reliable when the body is doing extremely strange things. In some cases there might not be an ideal solution.Though I have no firsthand experience with what you are going through, I am someone who suffers from Rheumatoid arthritis which provides its share of limitations and potentially greater obstacles down the road. Life is too short even when everything goes right to not enjoy the time that we have. If this hobby is your passion, as I feel that it is, than don't give up on it. Adapt and find a way to continue doing what you love and don't let the illness define you.