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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.

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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Offline rst

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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,
Gerald
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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. 
« Last Edit: June 12, 2015, 01:01 PM by Sparktrician »
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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.



Offline tjbnwi

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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.

Tom

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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Offline Untidy Shop

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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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Offline jobsworth

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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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Offline DrD

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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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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« 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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Re: Festool Hobbyists....What is your day job or business?
« 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!

Offline Richard/RMW

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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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