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Offline SittingElf

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Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« on: June 12, 2015, 02:53 AM »
I'm sure this has been done before, but not for a long time, if ever.

Curious about what other Festoolian Hobbyists do for their normal living.  Might be fun to see the variety! [smile]

Most here know that I'm a professional heavy helicopter pilot working six-week rotations in Nigeria. (Where it is absolutely POURING rain as I write this...)

I am also a semi-professional fine art and documentary photographer, and while not working at it right now, I'm a school trained, and licensed auctioneer.

Woodworking is a passion, but very unlikely something I will ever use for income.

How about YOU??

Cheers,
Frank

« Last Edit: June 12, 2015, 02:57 AM by SittingElf »
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Offline Kev

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2015, 04:53 AM »
I'm a technology consultant - I make a living boring people in large enterprises to death until they pay me enough to go away.

As with you Frank, woodworking is more something I'm preparing to do "soon" rather than doing a lot of right now.

Offline GarryMartin

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2015, 04:59 AM »
I'm a technology consultant - I make a living boring people in large enterprises to death until they pay me enough to go away.

I was going to say that I work with some of the World's largest organisations helping them maximise the value of their IT investments on the most complex, high risk, high value engagements, but I like Kev's version better.
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Offline Wuffles

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2015, 05:18 AM »
Househusband.
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Offline Holmz

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2015, 05:24 AM »
Computational Physics along with general computing and numerical analysis.

But I am holding a certified ski patroller status for a retirement job, or as a backup plan if thing go pear-shaped (wonky).

Offline ChrisK1970

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2015, 05:32 AM »
State Trooper three and a half from retiring. Working my hobby for a retirement job and have been asked to tag along with a contractor when I get out doing custom remodels.
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Offline TheTrooper

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2015, 07:29 AM »
I'm a certified and licensed tile and Hardwood flooring contractor. I do build custom inlays, bookcases, cabinets. I have a Graphic Arts background and I'm a former tournament paintball player of 7 years.
Woodworking is becoming a passion of mine and I have so much to learn. 
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2015, 07:36 AM »
I am a professional jerk of all trades.  Started work 1971 in a custom cabinet factory as stainer, finisher, reject line, and finally as inspector.  Worked a commercial cleaned service, Then as plumber assistant and later a  commercial painter.  The last 36 years I've done locksmithing and access ciontrol, all types of glass fabrication and storefront work.  Sell, service and install automatic entry door systems.  Also do plastics fabrication.  Whew!!  Neurotically capable.

Offline Gerald_D

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2015, 07:45 AM »
My day job is supply chain and logistics, including inventory management.  I'm also involved with the company's ERP systems design and implementation, which means I get to work with boring IT folks much of the time.  They may find me boring as well, so it works.

Woodworking started out as a hobby for me and now has grown into a part-time furniture design and manufacturing business (had 20 year anniversary as a business last year).  I have thought about taking it full-time at different points along the way, but I really like the company I work for and have a great team that works for me.  Ironically, our inventory at my full-time job is spot-on but I really couldn't tell you how much lumber and materials I have in my shop.  I guess after working with numbers all day, that is the last thing I want to do in the evening.  The nice thing about the business is that all my tools (including the 30+ systainers of Festool) are all paid for.   [smile]

My logistical challenge in the next 6-12 months is to figure out the cheapest way to get a Hammer A3-41 from New Castle to South Dakota (I have to sell enough furniture to pay for it first though).  Thanks Frank for helping me spend my $$ again!

Regards,
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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2015, 07:54 AM »
I'm a PMP- and ITIL-certified IT project manager and systems engineer (BS - Technology & Management; MS - Information & Telecommunications Systems) with a specialty in data center construction and facility build-outs, and in IT equipment moves and staff relocations.  On the side, I run a small handyman business and do solid surface countertop refinishing.  I was originally trained as an electrician while in the military.  I've worked in construction off-and-on for years, but only recently (once discovering Festool) decided to try my hand at building custom tables and built-in cabinetry. 
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Offline HDClown

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2015, 08:01 AM »
Can't quite call myself a festoolian hobbyist yet, but I will starting this weekend.  Big shipment of green goodies arrives today.  Anyway....another IT jockey here....   Currently an IT Director with a primary focus on Infrastructure and special projects within a medium sized organization.    I also have an IT consulting business that mainly focuses on small businesses.



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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2015, 08:29 AM »
Court jester, at times village idiot. Though I have been called a genius--once.

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Offline Billedis

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2015, 08:53 AM »
I have been retired 5 years from the insurance claim industry where I worked for 35 years.  I worked about 3 years at Floor and Decor part time following retirement as a wood sales person.  I have always been a "putterer" having been raised on a ranch in Nebraska where we did everything.

Seeing my father waste away in retirement I knew that I needed to get a hobby and since I liked wood working 5 years before retirement I started purchasing my stationary tools.  I now work out of a 3 car garage, and enjoy building cabinets, and have done some work for others as well.

Offline Droc7683

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2015, 08:55 AM »
Mechanical Engineer at savant.com

We design and manufacture high end home automation equipment and software.

Offline coug

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2015, 09:07 AM »
University professor.  Research productivity is the big job requirement with a little bit of teaching.  Also direct an analytical lab full of equipment from Germany, and I guess that explains my addiction to German tools for my hobby!

Offline Discap

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2015, 09:22 AM »
Oil & gas exploration, numerical simulation of oil reservoirs, own Ford store and Buy Here Pay here car store.

Fly a helicopter I built and fixed wing.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2015, 09:40 AM »
Retired School Principal, who also in the late 80s and early 90s assisted in the development of national and state curriculum related to Media Studies and to Technology. Also President of Australian Teachers of Media during those years.
What do I miss? Kids and most staff, but not some parents.  [smile]

Now  following somewhat in the footsteps of my father and both Grandfathers and GreatGrandfathers.

Nearing the end of an owner build whilst also restoring a 100 year old house with 30 year old extension. Spend most weekends working in a Hardware/TimberYard.

Whilst I sell Makita at the weekends, I find Festool 'Faster, Easier, Better 'during the week. Although I do use some Makita products too.

« Last Edit: June 13, 2015, 04:27 AM by Untidy Shop »
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2015, 10:34 AM »
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Offline Reiska

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #20 on: June 12, 2015, 10:42 AM »
Information security and compliance management for financial industry nowadays, previously same stuff in the Telecom space. Nasty buzzwords like ISAE3402, PCI DSS, ISO27001, ISO9001, ISO27005, PA DSS, cyber-this, cyber-that fill my days of work.

By schooling I'm actually an electrical engineer with a Master's in Telecom application development and Networking technologies (i.e. ATM, Frame Relay, X.25, Fortran, Scheme, C and other obsolete things).
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2015, 11:02 AM »
Like Coug above, retired university professor, then sold motorcycles, then some ISO-related consulting to automotive & steel industries.  Now finally just a wood pittling - some turning, some built-ins, some furniture, some shooting - primarily handguns, and n-scale model trains.
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Offline charley1968

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« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2015, 11:20 AM »
Nurse, atm. cardiology. But worked ICU, anaesthesia, neurology earlier during my career.
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Offline jbasen

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« Reply #23 on: June 12, 2015, 11:24 AM »
My background is electrical engineering though I have never done anything but write software.   Over my career I've written software for everything from military systems to economic modeling for the world bank. 

When my wife and I decided to move to a ski town I got out of the business oriented world of software and now write the software to run smart homes and buildings for the rich and infamous.

Offline Justin Michael

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #24 on: June 12, 2015, 11:24 AM »
Attorney.  Also pick, restore, and flip mid-century modern furniture with my wife on the weekends to fund the purchase of Festool and outfit our own mid-century home.
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Offline jwaite550

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #25 on: June 12, 2015, 11:41 AM »
Retired from the fire service in 2005 with 30 years- 1975-1988 fireman/ paramedic 1988-2005 fire  chief.  Worked part time at the Masonic retirement home in IT for 12 years on shifts off at the firehouse.  2006-2012 police dispatcher and part time officer.  2012 to present assistant to chief judge in our circuit.  About 5 years until real retirement, but I love woodworking as a hobby.  Built the majority of the 2 houses I have lived in but never really did any cabinet work as I hope to in the future.  Absolutely love all of the help I get from FOG and Youtube.  I have learned so much from all of you!

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #26 on: June 12, 2015, 12:11 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.

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Offline Wertzy

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #27 on: June 12, 2015, 12:33 PM »
Real Estate Broker. Got into flipping houses in 09 and have used that as my excuse to buy all of my tools
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Offline Thunderchyld

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #28 on: June 12, 2015, 12:55 PM »
Mostly a house husband here.  Have my company doing odd jobs, though lately I seem to be specializing in play structures and repairing flagpoles. 

I've also done a bit of specialty access work, both rope access and confined space.  Did it for a living a while, but the family was suffering due to all my travel.  I still contract for the same company occasionally, usually when it's a job close by.  I also seem to be called upon by them when scaffolding needs to be built at height and/or we're going to have a riggers nightmare getting tools, materials, etc to the work site.

Offline Paul G

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #29 on: June 12, 2015, 01:13 PM »
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.
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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 »
Equipment Design Engineer with 2 1/2 years before I retire at age 57.  Then planning on traveling around the states and some overseas travel.
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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
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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.

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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

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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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« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2015, 04:24 PM »
I'm a certified financial planner.
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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.
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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 -
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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
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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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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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« 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.
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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.
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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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« 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.
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Offline Charlie Mac

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« 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.
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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]

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« 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.

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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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« 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

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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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« 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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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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« 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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« Reply #59 on: June 13, 2015, 05:57 PM »
Family practice doctor, 73, still working part time
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« Reply #60 on: June 13, 2015, 05:57 PM »
Family practice doctor, 73, still working part time
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« Reply #61 on: June 13, 2015, 06:27 PM »
The thread is festool hobbyists so those of us that use them for a living are somewhat excluded.
Dave

option 1:
post your thing anyway--Even though you know that ALL the threads on here stay strictly ON topic.........(excuse me, but I just had a major laughing fit for a minute there), but take a shot anyway.  don't be like:  "Oh my, I feel so left out!--If I make my living with Festools and I want to post on this thread, I'm going to open myself up to all kinds of ridicule... I just don't think my poor constitution can handle it..."

option 2:
Geez, is it that hard to start your own thread ?!?  Go to  General Friendly Chat. Click on the New Thread thingie.  Make up an awesome topic title like:  "Festool Pros Only--Collectors and Amateurs Need Not Apply--Hit me up with your Job Line Dudes!"

I'd do it myself, but too busy clipping my toenails before I head in for my monthly bubble bath...

Offline VW MICK

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #62 on: June 14, 2015, 03:26 AM »
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

Maybe. Not sure where that puts me then. I haven't actually used my tools on site for over 15 years

In fact I have only bought festools since I stopped needing them for my every day job   

So I posted anyway .......sorry

Offline KrisB

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #63 on: June 14, 2015, 03:51 AM »
Self employed IT system engineer for small businesses in the Flemish part of Belgium. There seems to be something indeed between us, IT guys  and Festool. Are we drawn to it because of our IT backgrounds, and if so, why Festool and not another brand? Perhaps there is a shrink on the forum who can explain?

For my personally, the system approach of Festool, the quality of the tools and the emphasis on dust control are the main reasons to go with Festool. And of course that they are created by well paid, skilled workers in Germany in stead of underpaid, exploited kids in the far-east.
Grtz,

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #64 on: June 14, 2015, 04:05 AM »
The thread is festool hobbyists so those of us that use them for a living are somewhat excluded.
Dave

option 1:
post your thing anyway--Even though you know that ALL the threads on here stay strictly ON topic.........(excuse me, but I just had a major laughing fit for a minute there), but take a shot anyway.  don't be like:  "Oh my, I feel so left out!--If I make my living with Festools and I want to post on this thread, I'm going to open myself up to all kinds of ridicule... I just don't think my poor constitution can handle it..."

option 2:
Geez, is it that hard to start your own thread ?!?  Go to  General Friendly Chat. Click on the New Thread thingie.  Make up an awesome topic title like:  "Festool Pros Only--Collectors and Amateurs Need Not Apply--Hit me up with your Job Line Dudes!"

I'd do it myself, but too busy clipping my toenails before I head in for my monthly bubble bath...

Oh yes, we should all stay strictly on topic at ALL times. Yes! We should all..........  about clipping your toe nails, i just have a heck of a job doing that.  If i bend over, I can't straighten up for days.  I just hate bubble baths.  the bubbles float into my eyes,  As I was driving home a week or so ago, I saw a bear in the woods.  Yes we should ALL stay strictly on topic.  Oh!  What was the topic?  [scratch chin]
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #65 on: June 14, 2015, 04:16 AM »
There seems to be something indeed between us, IT guys  and Festool. Are we drawn to it because of our IT backgrounds, and if so, why Festool and not another brand? Perhaps there is a shrink on the forum who can explain?

Too little data to draw your conclusions. Perhaps there are so many IT guys here because they tend to be more involved with computers and have a larger internet presence than people with other backgrounds?

Offline KrisB

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« Reply #66 on: June 14, 2015, 04:24 AM »
There seems to be something indeed between us, IT guys  and Festool. Are we drawn to it because of our IT backgrounds, and if so, why Festool and not another brand? Perhaps there is a shrink on the forum who can explain?

Too little data to draw your conclusions. Perhaps there are so many IT guys here because they tend to be more involved with computers and have a larger internet presence than people with other backgrounds?
Perhaps my wife got it right when I told her about this thread. She said IT guys earn enough to buy Festool, that's why. [smile]

Offline Wuffles

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« Reply #67 on: June 14, 2015, 04:38 AM »
Perhaps my wife got it right when I told her about this thread. She said IT guys earn enough to buy Festool, that's why. [smile]

Not in the UK they don't.

IT guys hang around on forums more than the average person. It's really that simple.
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Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #68 on: June 14, 2015, 07:07 AM »
Or is it that IT guys like/follow a 'systems' approach?

But then that does not account for free thinkers and artisans that also use Festool, nor the 'Untidy' who seek precision in an environment of chaos!  [smile]
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #69 on: June 14, 2015, 07:11 AM »
There seems to be something indeed between us, IT guys  and Festool. Are we drawn to it because of our IT backgrounds, and if so, why Festool and not another brand? Perhaps there is a shrink on the forum who can explain?

Too little data to draw your conclusions. Perhaps there are so many IT guys here because they tend to be more involved with computers and have a larger internet presence than people with other backgrounds?

Alex, it's true, IT types are drawn to Festool and the FOG because of the some special, subliminal code Shane has been putting in here and the Festool site.  It doesn't seem to effect us regular people, but the IT guys are like trained rats. [tongue] [big grin]   
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Offline Sparktrician

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« Reply #70 on: June 14, 2015, 08:50 AM »
Maybe it's because us IT guys are smarter than the average toilet paper tube  [tongue]  and understand concepts like cost-benefit ratios.  It could be that some of us are smart enough to use IT skills to fund the stuff we'd rather be doing/using.  Then again, we might just all be shuddering in horror at the thought of seeing Tinker in a bubble bath and wandering around afterwards in his fuzzy pink slippers...   [poke] 

 [popcorn]
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Offline MrGinCT

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« Reply #71 on: June 14, 2015, 09:00 AM »
My day job is as a Safety professional and I spend all of my time telling companies with fabrication shops how to improve their productivity by working more efficiently.

I always find it interesting that folks can't see the forest for the trees / the obvious  ;D

Offline lambeater

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« Reply #72 on: June 14, 2015, 09:27 AM »
industrial electrician by trade, But build logging processors for cutting trees. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Southstar-Equipment/526874834024195

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #73 on: June 14, 2015, 02:26 PM »
Sales Director and Product Manager for a company focused on tactical radio integration work for the US Military, beer taste tester by night.

Offline Davej

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #74 on: June 14, 2015, 03:39 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

Maybe. Not sure where that puts me then. I haven't actually used my tools on site for over 15 years

In fact I have only bought festools since I stopped needing them for my every day job   

So I posted anyway .......sorry

I wouldn't worry too much , my post was taken totally out of context and got a sarcastic reply because I had the audacity to point out the thread was related to hobbyists in particular rather than a general question for all members.
Dave
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Offline Bert Vanderveen

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« Reply #75 on: June 14, 2015, 04:44 PM »
Retired graphic designer / communications consultant… Self-employed since 1980 — kinda ended my pro career ten years ago, aged 49. And because I could, I did.
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Offline elfick

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« Reply #76 on: June 14, 2015, 04:56 PM »
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Offline ewils91

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« Reply #77 on: June 14, 2015, 06:09 PM »
I'm a senior security coordinator for a fleet of nuclear reactors.  [blink]

Offline blk65brd

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« Reply #78 on: June 14, 2015, 07:29 PM »
Retired 2001 as an operations director from the Wireless Industry (worked in the beginning of the cellular industry when phones were big boxes in the trunks of cars, had 4 antenna's on the roof and air time was 90 cents a minute), worked for an American company that then became French and is destined to next be Finnish, was off for a couple of years and then was asked to come back as a contractor to manage a “few” more projects.  Have now been free for the last year and a half and using the Festools that the work after retirement allowed me to purchase.  Current project is a Queen Anne Victorian home that we have been building since 1989, taking a break now from installing cherry flooring.  Tools used were Kapex and MFK 700 trim router.  Amazing how many 22 and 1/2 degree cuts or close to it have been made in woodwork finishing this house.

Offline Gnovice17

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« Reply #79 on: June 14, 2015, 09:53 PM »
General and vascular surgeon--28years.  Just started woodworking a few years ago but found that measure twice , cut once applies to woodworking also.

Offline atomicmike

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« Reply #80 on: June 14, 2015, 10:32 PM »
I worked as a software engineer for over a decade, but for the past year and a half, I've been back in college finishing my bachelor's degree and getting ready to apply to med schools. Sadly, this new path hasn't left me much time (or money!) for woodworking lately, but I have a feeling it will be worth the sacrifice.

Offline Kevin D.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #81 on: June 15, 2015, 03:51 AM »
Maybe it's because us IT guys are smarter than the average toilet paper tube and understand concepts like cost-benefit ratios. 

No!  IT guys are simply exacting types that also work constantly with structure and interconnected systems that lends them to adopt such similar system as Festool offers.

IT guys have little to none concept of cost benefit scenarios I would think.  They just like the systematic approach and overall efficiencies in what they do.

As I said earlier, I'm a CFP and although being such is not greatly geared to such analytical discussion as to why people do lend themselves to Festool products and their premium pricing, I do get to express what I feel are some of the probables of those who may tend to adopt Festool based on my experience with people of different calibers of disposable income and their general nature as to where they came from.  Been doin' it for 25 years now.  There are definitely certain indicators with who typically is a Festool adoptee although I am stunned as to how many IT guys are here in this thread that are in this group of non-pro-contractor users.  Bit unexpected actually.
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Offline Wuffles

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #82 on: June 15, 2015, 04:08 AM »
Maybe it's because us IT guys are smarter than the average toilet paper tube and understand concepts like cost-benefit ratios. 

No!  IT guys are simply exacting types that also work constantly with structure and interconnected systems that lends them to adopt such similar system as Festool offers.

IT guys have little to none concept of cost benefit scenarios I would think.  They just like the systematic approach and overall efficiencies in what they do.

As I said earlier, I'm a CFP and although being such is not greatly geared to such analytical discussion as to why people do lend themselves to Festool products and their premium pricing, I do get to express what I feel are some of the probables of those who may tend to adopt Festool based on my experience with people of different calibers of disposable income and their general nature as to where they came from.  Been doin' it for 25 years now.  There are definitely certain indicators with who typically is a Festool adoptee although I am stunned as to how many IT guys are here in this thread that are in this group of non-pro-contractor users.  Bit unexpected actually.

People seem to be confusing the cross section of casual Festool adopters on this forum vs casual Festool adopters in real life.

IT guys hang around on forums more than the average person. It's really that simple.

I know lots of people with Festool gear who are not on this forum, I'm the only one with a streak of geek in me, therefore I am here. Can't help ourselves.
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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #83 on: June 15, 2015, 09:41 AM »
Maybe it's because us IT guys are smarter than the average toilet paper tube and understand concepts like cost-benefit ratios. 
No!  IT guys are simply exacting types that also work constantly with structure and interconnected systems that lends them to adopt such similar system as Festool offers.

IT guys have little to none concept of cost benefit scenarios I would think.  They just like the systematic approach and overall efficiencies in what they do.

Au contraire, monsieur!!!  In my line of work, I have to be VERY cost-conscious, to the point of recognizing that even slight deviations from the contracted plan can adversely affect the profitability of the job and/or its deliverables.  I have to weigh very carefully every prospective change to a project and identify a detailed, defensible path, with clear alternatives and a very robust risk matrix fully identified going forward, that is cost-justifiable and acceptable to my customer(s).  If I do anything that even incidentally/accidentally blindsides the customer or adversely affects the timing or scope of the desired outcome, I'm likely going to be in very deep kimchi.  The fact that I understand systems and interactions makes it easier to see the big picture, and therefore makes it easier to predict with some reasonable certainty the effects of changes.  It's this appreciation of unified systems that makes use of Festool products so attractive in my other line of work. 
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Offline Bruce W

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #84 on: June 15, 2015, 09:45 AM »
Retired from a 33 year career as an electrical engineer, engineering manager and project manager for a high tech company.  Volunteer high school swim coach during last 7 years of working career, then 8 years as a club swim coach after retiring.  Currently and for the last 6+ years have been working with Habitat for Humanity as a site supervisor/project manager building affordable housing. 

Offline DB10

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #85 on: June 15, 2015, 10:01 AM »
Maybe the reason why there are so many more IT guys on the FOG is because they have more opportunity to get on here.
 what would you rather be doing through out the day? writing code or maybe dozing off in front of spreadsheets, or a quick check on the FOG!

Offline jaguar36

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #86 on: June 15, 2015, 03:00 PM »
I'm a Structural Analysis Engineer working in the Aerospace field.  I spend my days figuring out how to make things not break, or figuring when they will break.  Or if things go badly, figuring out why they broke!

Offline cliffp

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« Reply #87 on: June 15, 2015, 03:49 PM »
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Offline vogel61

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #88 on: June 16, 2015, 12:43 AM »
I run a small wholesale business in Austria for fiberoptic cables and accessories serving the EU market.

Offline dougnath

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #89 on: June 22, 2015, 04:52 PM »
Petroleum engineer by trade, presently Director of Business Development for a large independent oil company in Houston.  Have worked in the oil business for over 30 years and counting the days (well probably years) until I can dedicate more time to woodworking!  Really enjoying the FOG and learning a lot from everyone here.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #90 on: June 23, 2015, 09:53 AM »
There seems to be something indeed between us, IT guys  and Festool. Are we drawn to it because of our IT backgrounds, and if so, why Festool and not another brand? Perhaps there is a shrink on the forum who can explain?

Too little data to draw your conclusions. Perhaps there are so many IT guys here because they tend to be more involved with computers and have a larger internet presence than people with other backgrounds?

Alex, it's true, IT types are drawn to Festool and the FOG because of the some special, subliminal code Shane has been putting in here and the Festool site.  It doesn't seem to effect us regular people, but the IT guys are like trained rats. [tongue] [big grin]
Hmmmm
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #91 on: June 23, 2015, 10:20 AM »
General and vascular surgeon--28years.  Just started woodworking a few years ago but found that measure twice , cut once applies to woodworking also.

Scary funny...... [jawdrop]

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« Reply #92 on: June 23, 2015, 08:34 PM »
Ouch!
Scraps to Smiles.  To be continued.....  Stay Tuned.

Offline Motown

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #93 on: June 24, 2015, 05:24 PM »

I am really enjoying this thread and although we have a bunch of different backgrounds (IT, Surgeon, Mechanical, Operations, Sales) I do see a common theme....we mostly like to fix or build things.

For the last 16 years I've for worked for software companies, both large and small, on the sales and marketing side of things. If that wasn't enough to keep me busy I've bought and remodeled a number of homes which led me to woodworking and Festool. The learning never ends and I love that part of it.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #94 on: June 24, 2015, 08:13 PM »
Juvenile and domestic relations court judge.  I love to come home to my shop!
Cheers,
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #95 on: July 01, 2015, 02:35 PM »
I was in the beer business for over a decade (distributor) and in 2010 walked away and went back to school.  I now own a small company with my father.  We wear several hats, but all involve working with senior housing cooperatives.  We do HUD insured master mortgages; we have a non-profit foundation for lobbying, education, and communication; and we also created a purchasing cooperative (for senior housing cooperatives) to leverage collective buying power.  I realize that most (if not all) have not heard of senior housing cooperatives, but they have a small following in the upper Midwest (about 100 total in the US - 90 in Minnesota).

My maternal grandfather (jack of all trades, but in construction the majority of his working career) and my father got me into woodworking at a young age.  I digressed when I learned about things with motors, then again when copious amounts of alcohol were discovered (first attempt at college), for the past ten years or so I have been dabbling more consistently with DIY stuff and home projects (when I have the time - twin 7 year olds at home).  I have a hard time paying people to do things for me.  I would rather spend that money on the tools required and learn the process myself.  This upsets my wife to no end and is resulting with a backlog of projects that would take me several years to finish if I was working full time on them (the oldest of which is a  Jeep CJ project that began in 1995... )

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #96 on: July 15, 2015, 12:28 AM »
I'm a Software Engineer and have always been interested in wood working. I had some projects I really wanted to attack and was sucked into the green Kool-Aid quickly.

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« Reply #97 on: July 15, 2015, 03:12 AM »
Retired.................and lovin' it !!
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #98 on: July 15, 2015, 08:15 AM »
Semi retired Safety Professional ;D

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« Reply #99 on: July 15, 2015, 11:44 AM »
seaman - Chief Engineer on VLCC's

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« Reply #100 on: August 04, 2015, 11:36 PM »
independent disability insurance company rep.  Keeping people at least financially sound when their body dictates otherwise...  part time Cessna jockey   
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #101 on: August 05, 2015, 04:51 PM »
General Manager for a few large athletic facilities at a university.
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« Reply #102 on: August 05, 2015, 06:08 PM »
Another <geek/>.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #103 on: August 05, 2015, 10:46 PM »
wow very impressive everyone!..lots of IT guys in here.
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #104 on: August 06, 2015, 02:41 AM »
wow very impressive everyone!..lots of IT guys in here.

Well, when you live in the virtual world 24/7 it's really nice to sometimes to make something physical and tangible for a change  [embarassed]
The sky's the limit in my workshop, literally. [big grin]

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #105 on: August 07, 2015, 02:47 PM »
Air Traffic Controller here. Built my own house in 2009 and then realized in frustration that I need to upgrade my tools. Now my workshop is mostly powered by Festool and I'm loving it. My precious free time, as a father of three young children, is now focused on completing things instead of fiddling around and cursing at the limitations of cheap tools. 

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #106 on: August 08, 2015, 12:56 AM »
I'm a mechanical engineer. I have primarily been in the defense and machine tool industries over the past ten years. My father is also an engineer and he taught me woodworking at an early age. After I graduated college and bought a house I have honed my skills and begun obsessing over making high quality furniture. I have always known of festool and found them overpriced until my fiancée got me an mft and I fully realized the utility of festool. I know rehearsed my entire workflow and thought process on builds. I now have a 1010 and a domino with plans of expansion.
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #107 on: August 16, 2015, 12:02 PM »
I used to drive a Weatherly 620B, but now I'm just a Financial Advisor - same firm for 28 years.

I have used my woodworking skills largely for charitable purposes, building furniture to sell in charity auctions.
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #108 on: September 05, 2015, 08:35 PM »
US postal clerk for 38 years, hope to retire after a couple more years.
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Offline Ajax

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« Reply #109 on: September 05, 2015, 11:59 PM »
Aerospace engineer and now an engineering manager.  Working a mix of flight vehicle programs and R&D.
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #110 on: September 06, 2015, 12:46 AM »
I have Ben retired for 18yrs
I just love using a good quality tool, I have a workshop at home and just enjoy piddling around with my wonderful tools for an hour or 2 everyday

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« Reply #111 on: September 06, 2015, 08:32 AM »
Professor of Medieval History.
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #112 on: September 06, 2015, 09:43 AM »
I design fixtures and tools to build these:
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« Reply #113 on: September 07, 2015, 07:10 AM »
I design fixtures and tools to build these:
(Attachment Link)

@shanegrilah

Looks like some sort of interplanetary slingshot [eek]

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« Reply #114 on: September 07, 2015, 10:45 AM »
I design fixtures and tools to build these:

One can only imagine a trebuchet built using that technology...   [big grin]
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« Reply #115 on: September 07, 2015, 05:13 PM »
An interplanetary slingshot or a trebuchet would be way more exciting. In the words of a fitness chain commercial from a few years ago all it does is "lift things up and put them down". Not sure how much the test load weighs in the picture but the base rating of that model crane is 700 metric ton.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #116 on: September 08, 2015, 10:26 AM »
An interplanetary slingshot or a trebuchet would be way more exciting. In the words of a fitness chain commercial from a few years ago all it does is "lift things up and put them down". Not sure how much the test load weighs in the picture but the base rating of that model crane is 700 metric ton.


Just imagine what this kind of technology could do when properly harnessed for the annual "Punkin Chunkin" contests!!! 
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Offline Grasshopper

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #117 on: November 18, 2015, 10:07 AM »
Cool thread!

I am a commercial real estate broker (specialized in selling investments like small shopping centers, office buildings, land, etc.), and I also have a small advertising company (focused on online marketing for service businesses).

(I have self diagnosed "entrepreneurial A.D.D.")
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #118 on: November 18, 2015, 10:44 AM »
Iam train  driver in Czech Republic. Really interesting job; )

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #119 on: November 18, 2015, 01:42 PM »
I’m a technician doing biological/medical  research. My current work is in the paediatric neurosciences (aiming to ‘fix’ leaky blood vessels in the brains of premature babies).   My previous project was looking at new treatments for Parkinson's Disease.
Just a duffer

Offline vkumar

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #120 on: November 18, 2015, 03:47 PM »
Mechanical engineer. Worked in a variety of industries ranging from connectors, semi conductors, computers and now bio-medical. Currently I specialize in design of injection molded plastic parts. 

Ever since I discovered the ETS 150 non-numbing sander, it has been a slippery slope. Domino, MFT, routers, more sanders.  Just putter around doing small projects around the home.
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Offline JeremyH.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #121 on: November 24, 2015, 03:59 AM »
I don't fit in here...

Sure I could list a bunch of stupid slave jobs, but if anything I suppose it only means I'm a professional loser. It's amazing what you think of people as a kid, and then you turn out to be your own biggest disappointment falling in foot steps of people you thought were fools. 

However I'm really enjoying reading all the interesting jobs on here.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #122 on: November 24, 2015, 05:43 AM »
I get to visit tool shops for a living. I also have the opportunity to buy tools at a slightly more affordable price, unfortunately this means that I do!
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Offline Elmar50

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #123 on: November 24, 2015, 10:40 AM »
Family Medicine. Glad to see a number of MD's in the list.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #124 on: November 24, 2015, 02:41 PM »
I don't fit in here...

Sure I could list a bunch of stupid slave jobs, but if anything I suppose it only means I'm a professional loser. It's amazing what you think of people as a kid, and then you turn out to be your own biggest disappointment falling in foot steps of people you thought were fools. 

However I'm really enjoying reading all the interesting jobs on here.


If it make you feel  any better I'm just  a loser   too. ;D

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #125 on: November 24, 2015, 04:04 PM »
I am the Kitchen and Bath/departments 29,70 and 85 supervisor for a Home Depot in the Central Coast, California. I get to work in a toy store all day, so to speak. Unfortunately Home Depot doesn't carry my favorite toys, Festool.
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Offline erock

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #126 on: May 21, 2016, 10:36 AM »
 So I'm gonna bring up an old thread.    I was working the other day and decided to bust out the old cell phone and record a little something.

I'm a shop tech and work on Limitorque actuators.   The actuator controls the opening and closing of valves.  All types and sizes of valves.   You can use the actuator either manually with the hand wheel on the front of the unit or electrically,  AC or DC.   
I can install lots of different options in the actuator.  It all depends on what the customer wants.   This video shows a 120v 1ph actuator with 4-20mA feedback.  Basically, the customer wants to know what position the valve is in, and at what percentage.
The 4-20mA range means 4mA the valve is 100% close.  20mA the valve is 100% open.  With this setup the customer can control the actuator from a comfy office chair behind a computer.    I know most guys have no clue what I'm talking about.....so I'll let the video show you...... [wink]




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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #127 on: May 21, 2016, 03:32 PM »
I know most guys have no clue what I'm talking about.....so I'll let the video show you...... [wink]
I still don't  [huh]
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #128 on: May 21, 2016, 03:59 PM »
I'm an mechanical guy that repairs and does make maintaince on towable vacation homes. Specially for a brand thats called kabe. This one i suited for going away on a winter day.  The builders of that one claimes that if it outside minus 35 degrees you will be able to get inside it 20 degrees.


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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #129 on: May 21, 2016, 04:34 PM »
Eric,
     What is the purpose of the handwheel in the video?  I noticed that it seemed to not be moving as the valve closed. 
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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #130 on: May 21, 2016, 07:05 PM »
Eric,
     What is the purpose of the handwheel in the video?  I noticed that it seemed to not be moving as the valve closed.

@Sparktrician

Willy, The hand wheel is for manual operation.   I guy can walk up to the actuator in the field, lift up on a declutch lever to engage the hand wheel.   The declutch lever is the blue handle under/behind the hand wheel in the picture towards the ground.
If for some reason something goes wrong electrically, say the motor burns up or a power loss, by engaging the declutch lever you can turn the hand wheel and open/close the valve.    If the hand wheel turns while the actuator is operating then something is wrong inside the unit.  The hand wheel should not move while the actuator is running.

Eric

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #131 on: May 21, 2016, 07:09 PM »
I know most guys have no clue what I'm talking about.....so I'll let the video show you...... [wink]
I still don't  [huh]
Tinker


@Tinker

The actuator controls the open/close function of the valve.  Valves are in waste water treatment plants, steel mills, power plants, natural gas facilities, chillers and dampers, just to know a few applications.  Any place that uses pipe lines and valves can have an actuator attached to it. 

Eric

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #132 on: May 21, 2016, 07:15 PM »
Eric,
     What is the purpose of the handwheel in the video?  I noticed that it seemed to not be moving as the valve closed.

@Sparktrician

Willy, The hand wheel is for manual operation.   I guy can walk up to the actuator in the field, lift up on a declutch lever to engage the hand wheel.   The declutch lever is the blue handle under/behind the hand wheel in the picture towards the ground.
If for some reason something goes wrong electrically, say the motor burns up or a power loss, by engaging the declutch lever you can turn the hand wheel and open/close the valve.    If the hand wheel turns while the actuator is operating then something is wrong inside the unit.  The hand wheel should not move while the actuator is running.

Eric

Got it.  Thanks, @erock
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Offline blk65brd

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #133 on: May 21, 2016, 07:55 PM »
So where is the guy who started this thread been missing now for 5 months??  His day job has really taken him away this time.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #134 on: May 21, 2016, 08:05 PM »
So where is the guy who started this thread been missing now for 5 months??  His day job has really taken him away this time.

@SittingElf is a helicopter pilot working in the oil industry and is also in the armed services reserves.  There is a real possibility that he is unable to post on the internet due to job requirements.

Additionally, in the past there was some postings here that could have encouraged him to vacate the forum (and I wouldn't blame him).

maybe he will pop in and let us know that he is ok.

Peter
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Offline JBag09

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #135 on: March 02, 2017, 08:37 PM »
Wanted to add to this thread after we came across some BIG wood during our latest shipment. This was a piece of Mahogany that got delivered today. It has got to be 15 years since we've gotten pieces this size, we always use 10/4 & 12/4 for our guitar necks, in general the boards come in 12"-20" in width, length is normally 10'-15' So today, in comes this monster, 14' in length, 38" in width 12/4, so that comes out to 133 board feet, almost perfectly flat sawn all the way across.
So just how big is this tree if this is only a piece of it [emoji15]
Just so happened, I asked someone in purchasing what we pay for Mahogany these days, she told me $8 bf [emoji15][emoji15]



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« Reply #136 on: March 03, 2017, 09:09 AM »
I build these so we all have wood...lol
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Offline Gordon Bombay

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #137 on: March 03, 2017, 10:00 AM »
Lawyer by day and tinkerer/hobbyist on projects during evenings and weekends.
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Offline JBag09

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« Reply #138 on: March 03, 2017, 09:14 PM »
I build these so we all have wood...lol
Lambeater.

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Wow! Those things are awesome! They make such a difficult job and make it so simple.


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Offline DiscoStu

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« Reply #139 on: March 04, 2017, 02:42 AM »
I'm a Storm Namer by day.


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Offline dmccririe

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« Reply #140 on: April 04, 2017, 12:54 PM »
General Surgeon is my skilled trade.  Fishing, hunting, renovating a 110 year-old-house and maintenance on a rental property are my part time diversions.  I used to do a lot of woodworking and am revisiting the passion now that the first grandchild arrived. 
 

Offline Billy Bunter

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« Reply #141 on: April 04, 2017, 03:45 PM »
I help fix satellites when something goes wrong for a well-known Space Agency in Europe (clue: it's not NASA) ! In my earlier years I used to fly fighters, now I just fly the desk and computer........

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #142 on: April 04, 2017, 04:32 PM »
So I'm gonna bring up an old thread. I was working the other day and decided to bust out the old cell phone and record a little something.

I'm a shop tech and work on Limitorque actuators.   ....    I know most guys have no clue what I'm talking about.....so I'll let the video show you...... [wink]

Eric

I do. Worked on all makes of pneumatic actuators for many years. Fisher, Copes-Vulcan, Masoneilan, Century, you name it. But very little Limitorque, though the places I have worked have hundreds of them mounted on valves up to 120" diameter.
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Offline curiousdork

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #143 on: April 04, 2017, 05:13 PM »
I'm a software engineer.  Been doing it for 10 years and recently got into woodworking and home reno-lite projects. 

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #144 on: April 04, 2017, 10:23 PM »
Wanted to add to this thread after we came across some BIG wood during our latest shipment. This was a piece of Mahogany that got delivered today. It has got to be 15 years since we've gotten pieces this size, we always use 10/4 & 12/4 for our guitar necks, in general the boards come in 12"-20" in width, length is normally 10'-15' So today, in comes this monster, 14' in length, 38" in width 12/4, so that comes out to 133 board feet, almost perfectly flat sawn all the way across.
So just how big is this tree if this is only a piece of it [emoji15]
Just so happened, I asked someone in purchasing what we pay for Mahogany these days, she told me $8 bf [emoji15][emoji15]



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It just doesn't seem right to chop that up into guitar necks. It deserves a better future.
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Offline scgwhite

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #145 on: April 05, 2017, 03:52 AM »
Another Police Officer here - 14 years in the Job and a couple in the British Army before that.

I am currently a Custody Sergeant, which involves overseeing the 24 hours that most people can spend under arrest before we need to charge or release them. I am also a trained Evidence Recovery Manager for mass casualty incidents - owing a scene until all victims and property have been documented and recovered.

I'd like to reduce my hours at work and take on some paid carpentry work before too long - but a house renovation and extension keep getting in the way!

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #146 on: April 05, 2017, 08:28 AM »
Job???  What is this job thing of which you speak?  Oh yes, now I remember...about 8 years ago I retired from a 40 year stint as an automotive engineer.

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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« Reply #147 on: April 05, 2017, 09:29 AM »
Since I posted before, I've gone back to driving a concrete mixer, which I like a lot better. Week and a half on the job and it's like I belong there.
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