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Offline Don T

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2015, 02:16 PM »
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Offline Tinker

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2015, 02:25 PM »
@ Paul G  I have posted somewhere else on the FOG about meeting my best buddy's HS principal.  As soon as I told him my name was (actually still is  8)) Tinker, he exclaimed, "Ay n' beggory, don't iver-r-r tell an Irrrishman yer name is Tinkerr."  his answer to my question as to why, he went on, "becuz in Irland, a Tinker is nothin' but a bum."  Oh well, what could I say? I liked the man immediately.

Real Estate Broker. Got into flipping houses in 09 and have used that as my excuse to buy all of my tools

Yea, I use my Festools to fix up rental property as well as my home, and of course to tinker. I'm not sure what that makes me.

Oh well, I am not only Tinker, but I also like to tinker.  I was brought up on a farm and went to U-conn to study how to raise corn, cows and grass.  I was doing great until i got to the Ag Ec course and decided the only way I was going to get a farm right away was to inherit.  If inheritance was in the cards, I was way low on any one's totem pole. The only other option I could see was to marry into a farm.  I was just too busy having a good time to succumb to that situation.  Since i was working my way thru school in the building trades, i dropped out of college to pursue my bread and butter job hoping to reach a little higher a little quicker.  spent two years resting with my Uncle Sam as a combat medic in the orient. 

Came home and almost immediately started my own contracting biz, hoping to be doing carpentry but first job was building a set of stone steps and terrace.  Before that was done, I was building a garage foundation.  Before that was finished i had a couple of fireplaces to do, a stone terrace >>> for the next 30+ years, the only carpentry i got to do was building concrete forms and scaffolding.  When I realized that when i tried to bend over, my chin was bumping my knee cap before i could even start to bend, I decided to get back into agriculture.  I started a landscaping biz and am currently trying to phase out of that slowly.  I no longer do any planting jobs or high pruning where I have to climb.  Not even on ladders.  I still do mowing from a sitting down position (a big "Z" turn rider that makes lots of noise) 

I do several lawn feeding projects using only Organic methods (no chemicals).  Currently, I am experimenting with trying to defeat an alien weed for which all information points to the fact "there ain't no bio control."  On three of my lawns, i seem to be making headway.  Three lawns, not so much.  I have customers who are willing to let me try any method other than chemicals to determine a way.  I have been doing a lot of research, but come to dead end every time with same answer: "There ain't no way!"  In several instances, I have slowed the advance.  I think there is a way.

I have lot's of time ahead of me.  What the heck, I am only 39 and i don't plan to retire until I am 40.  In the meantime, i am learning more and more about wood working on a little more complicated scale the concrete forms  ::)

Just nearing end of my first project using the Domono.  am anxious to do more.

Tinker
Wayne H. Tinker

Offline fperra

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2015, 02:30 PM »
I retired 10 years ago at age 60. In my prior life I was the Aviation Manager and pilot for the world's largest oil company.

Offline Slartibartfass

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #33 on: June 12, 2015, 02:31 PM »
Commercial real estate sales and leasing. I work with large companies with industrial property in north America.

Became intrigued with design software and CNC manufacturing equipment, for fun I design woodworking gadgets and (sometimes) sell them.

@SittingElf - great thread, thanks for starting it.

RMW

I am also involved in the CRE space. Let's connect via PM

Offline Paul G

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #34 on: June 12, 2015, 02:57 PM »
@ Paul G  I have posted somewhere else on the FOG about meeting my best buddy's HS principal.  As soon as I told him my name was (actually still is  8)) Tinker, he exclaimed, "Ay n' beggory, don't iver-r-r tell an Irrrishman yer name is Tinkerr."  his answer to my question as to why, he went on, "becuz in Irland, a Tinker is nothin' but a bum."  Oh well, what could I say? I liked the man immediately.

Real Estate Broker. Got into flipping houses in 09 and have used that as my excuse to buy all of my tools

Yea, I use my Festools to fix up rental property as well as my home, and of course to tinker. I'm not sure what that makes me.

Oh well, I am not only Tinker, but I also like to tinker.  I was brought up on a farm and went to U-conn to study how to raise corn, cows and grass.  I was doing great until i got to the Ag Ec course and decided the only way I was going to get a farm right away was to inherit.  If inheritance was in the cards, I was way low on any one's totem pole. The only other option I could see was to marry into a farm.  I was just too busy having a good time to succumb to that situation.  Since i was working my way thru school in the building trades, i dropped out of college to pursue my bread and butter job hoping to reach a little higher a little quicker.  spent two years resting with my Uncle Sam as a combat medic in the orient. 

Came home and almost immediately started my own contracting biz, hoping to be doing carpentry but first job was building a set of stone steps and terrace.  Before that was done, I was building a garage foundation.  Before that was finished i had a couple of fireplaces to do, a stone terrace >>> for the next 30+ years, the only carpentry i got to do was building concrete forms and scaffolding.  When I realized that when i tried to bend over, my chin was bumping my knee cap before i could even start to bend, I decided to get back into agriculture.  I started a landscaping biz and am currently trying to phase out of that slowly.  I no longer do any planting jobs or high pruning where I have to climb.  Not even on ladders.  I still do mowing from a sitting down position (a big "Z" turn rider that makes lots of noise) 

I do several lawn feeding projects using only Organic methods (no chemicals).  Currently, I am experimenting with trying to defeat an alien weed for which all information points to the fact "there ain't no bio control."  On three of my lawns, i seem to be making headway.  Three lawns, not so much.  I have customers who are willing to let me try any method other than chemicals to determine a way.  I have been doing a lot of research, but come to dead end every time with same answer: "There ain't no way!"  In several instances, I have slowed the advance.  I think there is a way.

I have lot's of time ahead of me.  What the heck, I am only 39 and i don't plan to retire until I am 40.  In the meantime, i am learning more and more about wood working on a little more complicated scale the concrete forms  ::)

Just nearing end of my first project using the Domono.  am anxious to do more.

Tinker

LOL I was thinking of you when I typed that, glad you ran with it  [thumbs up] (from a fellow bum)
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Offline Neal W

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2015, 04:24 PM »
I'm a certified financial planner.
Turning perfectly good lumber into scrap and sawdust for more than 20 years!

Offline Beaudreaux JC

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #36 on: June 12, 2015, 04:25 PM »
This is my first real post, but I've been watching and learning from everyone here for a while. I wanted to say thanks to all the members who have made the introductions to festool an enjoyable one.

I'm a recently retired military guy. After years of fun as transporters and logisticians in the world's sandboxes, the wife and I decided to hang it up and see what else life has to offer. I spent a few years as a contractor downrange, and am now back in the U.S. for (hopefully) a long while.
 
I now work for Amazon.com as an area manager. When I have the time, I try to justify all the festool purchases by continuing the remodel of our 1953 Ranch money pit. All that remains is the kitchen...and about 2984 other projects.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2016, 08:31 PM by Beaudreaux JC »

Offline ivanhoe

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #37 on: June 12, 2015, 04:46 PM »
Sales manager for a citrus packing house in the middle of droughtville, CA for the past 20 years.  [scared] My screen name is also one of the labels we pack our fruit under thru the Sunkist system. Woodworking is 99% for fun, 1% in the hand I give to my wife making the supports for her side business of creating wedding banners -
« Last Edit: June 16, 2015, 12:45 PM by ivanhoe »

Offline jacko9

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #38 on: June 12, 2015, 05:30 PM »
Retired from a National Laboratory almost 10 years now.  Before I retired I worked in mechanical engineering for 42 years and during a portion of that time I also ran a custom furniture & woodworking shop (made for long weeks).

Now, I still make furniture and play golf, shoot and garden (started my recent shooting because of rodents) and spend a lot of time working on my house.

Jack
« Last Edit: June 14, 2015, 01:49 PM by jacko9 »

Offline Greg Powers

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #39 on: June 12, 2015, 05:32 PM »
Property management and development, in a previous life I was Technical VP of an Internet advertising company. 
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Offline Kevin D.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #40 on: June 12, 2015, 08:09 PM »
I'm The President of the United States, but I use a pseudonym on forums like this.




Just kidding.

I find and make money for people they never knew they had.  I'm an independant CFP, insurance, investment and income tax professional.  Been doin it for 25 years. 

Been a DIY reno and woodworker for 15 years.  I like things that you can do with your hands just as much as things you can do with your mind.  I also like things that you never stop learning or perfecting technique on.
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Offline c_dwyer

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #41 on: June 12, 2015, 09:37 PM »
Wildlife biologist, used to frame houses for my 2 brothers in the mid 80's to get through school. Fortunately stuck with it long enough to find work in the field I went to school for. Not much spare time, but what little there is I spend woodworking. Started a nice cherry dining room table with benches during the furlough two years ago (remember that bright ball of intelligence?), but stalled saving up for a domino to join up the top.  Got the 500 last year, but numerous remodel projects have pushed back its completion, and it's now 6th in the cue.  Enjoying the FOG, learning a lot.

Offline Wooden Skye

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #42 on: June 12, 2015, 10:10 PM »
Corporate real estate.
Bryan

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Offline lumbajac

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #43 on: June 12, 2015, 10:38 PM »
Put myself through university to be a high school chemistry teacher by building new homes ground up with a contractor ~70 hrs/week in summer then ~20 hrs/week during school/winter months with same contractor remodeling houses to be flipped.

Been chem teacher for past 15 years with intention of working summer months in remodeling and light construction - that hasn't happened due to time my real job takes up, even during 3 summer months "off". So, took the initiative and financial leap to work on coursework required to obtain additional certification in industrial technology education (shop classes) for past year+. Wrapping up my machining coursework now and take State certification test July 11th. Hope to make complete transfer to teaching all or at least mostly shop classes within 2 years.
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Online Cheese

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #44 on: June 12, 2015, 10:53 PM »
I'm retired now, but was a Design/Project Engineer for over 35 years, the last 25 years I spent working in a machine design capacity in the semiconductor industry. My love of motorcycles, automobiles and firearms steered me to take up metal fabrication/machining at an early age. Once I purchased a house, that was a natural lead-in to home improvement .

Major home improvement projects include a 1 season porch with neither electricity, heat or insulation that's been turned into a 4 season sunroom with vaulted ceilings, sky lights and a garden railroad circulating at the 8' level.

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A 450 sq ft outside patio constructed from NY bluestone that varies from 1.5" to almost 3" thick.

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An attic that was converted into a master bedroom suite with maple floors, Brazilian cherry borders, stainless railings, 8 1/2' ceilings and skylights.

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Currently gutting the only bathroom we have so that's one step at a time..it's slow and painful.
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Offline bkharman

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #45 on: June 13, 2015, 12:02 AM »
F1 driver by day, porn star by night...

I am a tech evangelist for big data analytics. My company has been in the forefront of the DevOps community for years.

That being said, I take pride in my time away from it to make things with my hands out of natural materials from this beautiful place called Earth.

Means to an end... Means to an end.
People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along?

Offline Snoring Bear

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #46 on: June 13, 2015, 12:38 AM »
Engineering manager for oil company.
"Hobbyist - a person with indisputable reasoning for the purchase of that new tool!"

Offline Mort

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #47 on: June 13, 2015, 01:19 AM »
Heavy equipment operator / truck driver. I grade roads and bury horses, among other things. I don't really like it but I like the people I work for.
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Offline Kev

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #48 on: June 13, 2015, 01:19 AM »
F1 driver by day, porn star by night...

I am a tech evangelist for big data analytics. My company has been in the forefront of the DevOps community for years.

That being said, I take pride in my time away from it to make things with my hands out of natural materials from this beautiful place called Earth.

Means to an end... Means to an end.

Is that you Ivor Fulload ??

BTW ... that's his F1 name because he always goes out with a full tank of gas ... his porn star name is Nelson Piquet.
« Last Edit: June 13, 2015, 02:10 AM by Kev »

Offline Charlie Mac

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #49 on: June 13, 2015, 01:26 AM »
A fascinating and diverse lot.
 I am retired law enforcement. Greenhouse grower March through June. Saw-miller of lumber July through November. Recently part time salesman at a home and building materials store. (that sells Festool) In the winter I alternate between hibernation and shop time. And finally a general nuisance and burden to my better half.
-Charlie

Offline SittingElf

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #50 on: June 13, 2015, 02:42 AM »
Glad I started this topic. Very, very interesting mix! [smile]

It would appear from posts so far that Festool should consider putting full-page ads in Information Technology magazines!  Lots of IT guys here!

More than I imagined in my own field (Pilot), and plenty of engineers! [tongue]

Keep 'em coming boys and girls! [big grin]

Cheers,
Frank
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Offline VW MICK

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #51 on: June 13, 2015, 12:58 PM »

I'm a site manager for a large joinery fit out company. We are currently working on 300 hi end apartments in the city of London

Offline Max Fracas

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #52 on: June 13, 2015, 01:04 PM »
I was an army officer (infantry).  Spent the last 8 years in the army as an inspector general, and kept on doing that after retiring from the military.  My day job involves making sure people do things correctly.  Somehow doesn't seem to carry over to my own efforts in the workshop.

Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #53 on: June 13, 2015, 01:28 PM »
Retired after 40 years in IT.  Started as a coder (back in the punched cards days), moved on to various support and consulting jobs, did some teaching, lots of troubleshooting, project management, management management, planning, IT architecture, and now I am greatly enjoying making sawdust for a hobby.

Offline VW MICK

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #54 on: June 13, 2015, 01:34 PM »
It Looks like there is a definite connection between IT and festool 

Not so much from the joinery background

But it's early days

Well done frank a great thread

Offline Tom Bellemare

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #55 on: June 13, 2015, 02:24 PM »
I sell tools out of a shop about a mile-and-a-half from my house. I don't even have to get out of the neighborhood to get here. I am a testament to the old saying that, "If you're doing what you like doing, you'll never work a day in your life." This doesn't seem like work to me. When I wake up, I want to come here to the shop. I enjoy good tools and good people and I'm surrounded by both.

My last "straight" job had me performing, then teaching, and finally managing Engineering & Manufacturing process efficiency consulting on 3 continents. I spent the better part of a decade as a "road warrior". I have well over a half million air miles plus have rented so many cars and slept in so many hotels that it's ridiculous. I determined to stop that at the end of the last century, so I did. I quit that job on the last day of the century. That lead me, through a circuitous course, to what I'm doing now.

I got to see a lot of things but I'm glad to not leave this cool area of South Austin. It sounds trite but it's really special. It's almost like a small town in the middle of a big city.


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Offline leakyroof

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #56 on: June 13, 2015, 05:26 PM »
Land Rover Technician for the past 16 years, previously a BMW tech for 9 yrs prior to that.
 
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Offline Davej

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #57 on: June 13, 2015, 05:40 PM »
It Looks like there is a definite connection between IT and festool 

Not so much from the joinery background

But it's early days

Well done frank a great thread

The thread is festool hobbyists so those of us that use them for a living are somewhat excluded.
Dave
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Offline Charlie Mac

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #58 on: June 13, 2015, 05:52 PM »
It would be cool to see a separate thread for the pros, broken down into their specialties and niches. What their ideal jobs would be vs the "never again" ones.

Offline josephgewing

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #59 on: June 13, 2015, 05:57 PM »
Family practice doctor, 73, still working part time
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