View Full Version : Impertinent question

03-23-2004, 09:20 AM
I have a curiosity here about the ages of the contributors to this forum. I will be 65 years old if I live until this summer.

Ladies, of course, are exempt from responding to this question.

03-23-2004, 09:51 AM
Didn't somebody ask this a while ago?

Anyway, I'm 56.

John Stevenson
03-23-2004, 09:57 AM
I was born at a very early age.

I'm 56 actually but going on 18.
My wife says I've never grown up, can't see a problem with that.

Over here in the UK kids go 'scrumping', That means going round orchards and taking apples etc.
One of my earliest recollections was scrumping in an old orchard were we lived, I was probably about 3.
Since then I have been scrumping every year.
I don't see why I have to stop just because I'm nearly grown up http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

John S

Ironland Spline
03-23-2004, 10:02 AM

It looks that so far I am the "whipper snapper" at 46 yrs old.


03-23-2004, 10:15 AM
So far the 56's have it in the bag. I am 56.

Michael Az
03-23-2004, 10:21 AM
I am 58.

Mark the spark
03-23-2004, 10:27 AM
I am 41 yrs old.

03-23-2004, 10:30 AM
I'm 61 years old.

Paul Gauthier
03-23-2004, 10:35 AM
56, in the words of George Burns "if I knew I was going to live this long I'd have taken better care of myself"

Paul G.

03-23-2004, 10:37 AM
60 last month

metal mite
03-23-2004, 10:39 AM
Impertinent answer,

Well Randolph,

Hate to say it but looks like you're the oldest fart on the forum.
I'm just 53.


[This message has been edited by metal mite (edited 03-23-2004).]

Randy M
03-23-2004, 10:52 AM
I am 50 last month
Now my back hurts like hell


03-23-2004, 10:55 AM
I am 61 years old.

03-23-2004, 11:13 AM
27 :P

03-23-2004, 11:16 AM
I am 35. Though somedays I feel like I am..... As not to offend anyone I will not put a number. Albeit I am sure we all feel that way at times.

03-23-2004, 11:37 AM

03-23-2004, 11:39 AM

I did a survey last year. See here:


03-23-2004, 11:42 AM
April 2nd, 1938 = almost 66
Have 4 lathes, 4 milling machines, 4 drill presses, and every Starrett tool known to man. It doesn't stop with age.

03-23-2004, 11:47 AM
27, is this some sort of hint? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif nudge nudge..

I do have kids, its aged me beyond belief!


03-23-2004, 11:58 AM
I am 25 for the 27th time. You can do the math.


03-23-2004, 12:15 PM
33 with 3 children, my lucky number is 3 and I have just consumed 3 cokes today...

this must be a good year.. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif


03-23-2004, 01:05 PM
Old as my toung, a little older than my teeth.



Mike W
03-23-2004, 01:06 PM
Another vote for 56. 1947 must have been a good year.

03-23-2004, 01:12 PM
Kids don't age you near as much as teen-agers!!!

48 on this end.
David from jax

Mike Burdick
03-23-2004, 01:26 PM
I'm 51

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03-23-2004, 01:33 PM
I am 71 years old. I feel all my interests
keep me feeling young. I like to shoot,fish,
hunt and build things in my workshop.
I always look forward to making something.
Right now I'm modifying a trigger assembly for a Ruger 10-22. The trigger was a 9 lb.
pull which was way too heavy for my liking.

03-23-2004, 02:22 PM
I woke up this morning and felt like an 18 year old... couldn't find one


but younger than my lathe

Cecil Walker
03-23-2004, 02:27 PM
I'm 57 with the gray hair to prove it. Also I had the opportunity to visit Randolph at his shop on a recent trip. I was hosted to a tour of a very spotless, very well equipped shop by a very gracious and knowledgeable gentleman. Thanks Randolph, for the tour, afew hours of your time, and the Alum. I will send the drawings you wanted next week.

John Stevenson
03-23-2004, 02:30 PM
Don't worry Andy, I couldn't find one when I was 18.
I was told I grew up in the permissive age but I must have had flue that day as I missed it.
In fact I think I've missed it all my life.
Somebody asked me the other day why I didn't get a bit on the side.
I was totally amazed they had moved it.

John S.

Alistair Hosie
03-23-2004, 02:32 PM
19 5 51 I am 52 Meho sorry about the teeth comment your as old as your teeth and tongue as your teeth are there when your born just not protruded through the gums yet http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif sorry had to be a smart ass http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif
lets see if Thrud My pal Dave will answer this time he always shy's away about his age wont tell anyone. I figure he's just a wee lad of about 40 http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif Alistair

03-23-2004, 03:26 PM
ahs437 got me thinking.
At 40, I am younger than my lathe but I'm older than my mills. I always thought I'd rather have newer machinery that wasn't worn out, but maybe I would look better standing next to older equipment. Plus, I tend to get a little larger, but my machines stay the same size, though they look a little further away as each year passes. Hell, I guess I shouldn't sweat it - pretty soon I'll have to resort to imagination to know what anything looks like. All my machines could be brand new and all women could be 18! Woohoo! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

03-23-2004, 04:20 PM
Umm..let see... I'm 38
My lathe is 47
and my 4 cats are almost 3


03-23-2004, 05:18 PM
Thanks, guys, for the responses. Had I known I was this close to being the oldest fart in the shorts I wouldn't have brought it up!! JSchulte38 and Yankee1, do you agree that being the "senior set" should call for some sort of prize?

Does being the oldest make one the wisest, the most experienced --- or just the oldest. Anyway, if it is true that you are as old as you feel then I am still looking forward to puberty.

I looked at your thread, Evan. I must have missed it the first time around.

Thank you,Cecil, for the kind words. Come back sometime and that goes for all of you.


03-23-2004, 07:06 PM
55, and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

John Foster
03-23-2004, 08:40 PM
Do I win? 74 and going strong! John

03-23-2004, 08:44 PM
37 !!

03-23-2004, 10:41 PM

03-23-2004, 10:49 PM
I think the prize is being able to have the time to work on whatever we wish to in the shop whenever we want to.

C. Tate
03-23-2004, 11:11 PM
34. One wife, two boys 1.5 yrs and 2.5 yrs and I feel 64 today.

Paul Alciatore
03-23-2004, 11:19 PM
I'm 60 years older than when I was born but I sure don't feel any wiser.

I started making chips when I was in my teens but I learn slow.

Paul A.

Larry Backer
03-23-2004, 11:20 PM

03-23-2004, 11:30 PM
I'm 60 now, wish I was younger but still know what I know now.


Jim Hubbell
03-24-2004, 02:25 AM
I'll be 74 late this year. I had access to a "large lathe" as a teenager on which I made parts for a Ford "T" model. Didn't get back to machining 'till early '90s.
Love it!

03-24-2004, 02:40 AM
53 next weekend.

03-24-2004, 03:25 AM
70 next month. Have noticed a strange thing the last couple of years - chucks, rotary tables etc, have all got heavier - is this some strange gravitational effect?


03-24-2004, 03:49 AM
I'm 49 and just to go slighty off subject ,in Australia we have what's called Labour Hire companies, where you hire tradesmen e.g. for short term or long term jobs.
Now when I was the maintenance supervisor until late last year, I spoke to one of the directors of the largest labour hire company and stated that most of the tradesmen they send are around 50 and up.
He stated that the youngest tradesman on their books is 40.
When this generation of tradesmen retire I wonder what will happen. Alot of lost skills and a lowering of stanards? Maybe.
Any comments? Is the situation the same in other countries. Sorry for switching the direction of this thread.

BJim Shell
03-24-2004, 06:03 AM
Me 74 power hacksaw 1912, vice,anvil 1910.

03-24-2004, 08:04 AM

I always said i was born 10 years too early. In that time, guys like us that can do it all will be lost. Instead of getting the low paying, less respective jobs, the value of such an employee will tremedously rise.

For me it isn't so much the money but the respect. The other day the owner of the company introduced me to his sister. To bad he didn't get my last name right! I guess i haven't been too visible the past 16 years. He has owned the company for 11. I am the employee with the longest tenur.

Rob http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

Bill Cook
03-24-2004, 08:10 AM

The most puzzling statistic in Even's Poll:

"Number who got up in the night to machine: 54, that is 54%"

Seems kinda low. I can think of something warmer than CI in the nite, but not as often as I used to.


03-24-2004, 09:03 AM
Still 49 for a few more weeks.

Dee Reel
03-24-2004, 09:22 AM
Well, I will reply (being a female) that I have just recently been a contributor to this forum. And I might say, I have enjoyed listening and responding to issues here.

It has been a joy!

But, no trick bag here, cause I will not tell the age other than to say with age, comes knowledge and I do believe in the ol saying: "It's not how old you are, but how old you feel." So, most days I feel like a spring chicken. And then there are days, well, I think we all know what I don't need to say.


03-24-2004, 05:33 PM
Man, I thought I was going to take the cake at 26, but I see that BillH got me by a couple of years! (23) http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

03-24-2004, 05:41 PM
Just turned 39 on the 5th.
I will expect a card from each of you next year!! You are forgiven for not sending one this year!!

03-24-2004, 06:25 PM
I'm 47 and I wish I could do what my dad could do when he was 47.... shoot, even when he was 75 he could still do more than people a quarter his age.

03-24-2004, 11:37 PM
I'm 42 and have to check to make sure each time I'm asked. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif


John in OH
03-25-2004, 12:09 AM
Turned 54 last week .... now if I can only figure out how to retire next year!!

03-25-2004, 12:46 AM
52... I may keep getting older, that doesn't mean I have to grow up.

03-25-2004, 12:47 AM
For a turd I am very old - I feel at least 400 - pounds

Forrest Addy
03-25-2004, 02:18 AM
I'm so old I got roped into packing the degenerate matter that made the Big Bang.

03-25-2004, 10:36 AM
I don't know for sure, can't find a calender from the planet I came from. I will have to wait until they come and pick me up from here to find out.

Ron Davy
03-25-2004, 05:06 PM
Iam 48

Weston Bye
03-25-2004, 06:05 PM

Shed Machinist
03-25-2004, 06:32 PM
Sorry guys but i must be the young one. I turned 14 just a few days ago. LOL

For any newbies, that was not a joke, but it was funny.

Gary Westfall
03-25-2004, 08:10 PM
49 for 3 more months......

Dave Burnett
03-25-2004, 08:33 PM
65 and still going strong, well kinda on some things and some things I just had to give up on.

03-25-2004, 09:15 PM
33 going on 90 http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

03-25-2004, 10:29 PM
I guess I have to add to this list. This Saturday I'll be 71. Still could work circles around some of the young folk.

jim davies
03-25-2004, 10:32 PM
"...When this generation of tradesmen retire I wonder what will happen..."

I think the current strategy will be to outsource everything to India or China. Need a tuneup or perhaps tire pressures checked? Plumbing problem? Just mail your pickup or house etc. there and they'll do it...

03-26-2004, 02:23 AM
63. learning more every day. thanks too you all for contributing to the expert advice. Doug

03-26-2004, 11:41 AM
62 BUT,I look much younger!

Farmer Joe
03-26-2004, 03:35 PM
34. My machines, tractors, and tooling are all older than me.