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    I don't remember seeing a thread like this here and would love to hear what you guys do for a living! I know what a couple guys do ie. Macona, Max, Erik, Quasi, Flylo

    As lots probably know I recently quit my job of 10 years to "do my own thing"
    The last 7/10 years I have been doing drafting and design work in the hvac industry. Specifically Autocad and Inventor drawings/models for manufacturing. Always having been a mechanically minded person my interest in machining was a natural extention of learning to design and model parts/assemblies. (at least thats when it really took off)

    Today I am doing the exact same thing but for a broader range of industries.
    The last 2 weeks have been super busy for me, but I get to work in my comfy pants and slippers so its all good
    Last edited by legendboy; 10-25-2012, 11:41 PM.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/csprecision

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    I get my sandwich toppings (or try to ) from being a die & mold maker. Our company does mainly die casting molds for aluminum, though every now and then we also do plastic injection molds.
    Amount of experience is in direct proportion to the value of broken equipment.

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    • #3
      Electronics tech by trade, currently working as a cabinetmaker. I also repair and maintain all the machinery in the shop, which apparently now includes the fork lift. I design and fabricate machinery to help with specific tasks in the wood shop, as I see fit pretty much. My latest project is a sliding cross-cut table retrofit for our main saw, which I start on in the next few days.
      I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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      • #4
        Used to be mining for minerals. Until the EPA smothered everything.
        Now it is mostly civil works tunneling.
        My shop is a spin off. I build or modify mining equipment.

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        • #5
          Currently playing video games, just finished Borderlands 2.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by macona View Post
            Currently playing video games, just finished Borderlands 2.

            best job ever
            https://www.flickr.com/photos/csprecision

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            • #7
              Unskilled labor
              Right now, glorified janitor. The "glorified"part means a bit of plumbing, bit of electrical, bit of masonry, bit of HVAC, bit of painting, bit of arborist, bottom line = low cost way to save employer big bucks.
              Mechanical interests in general, teach myself "skills" as time permits, started on the machining end three summers ago and welding end this past summer.

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              • #8
                too busy to play borerlands, but trying to structure my future for lots of blackops2 time
                https://www.flickr.com/photos/csprecision

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                • #9
                  As I don't have a computer in the shop - just me and my tools (toys).

                  That being the case - and as I am retired - I guess you could say that as I am alone in my shop and am occupied that I am playing with myself.

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                  • #10
                    Every day is Saturday. I'm a retired (and burned out) IT professional.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by oldtiffie View Post
                      As I don't have a computer in the shop - just me and my tools (toys).

                      That being the case - and as I am retired - I guess you could say that as I am alone in my shop and am occupied that I am playing with myself.
                      can you be more specific with us non retired folk? I would like to set things up the same way you did. sounds pretty not bad
                      https://www.flickr.com/photos/csprecision

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by legendboy View Post
                        can you be more specific with us non retired folk? I would like to set things up the same way you did. sounds pretty not bad
                        Careful what you ask for - you might need a sharp stick for your mind's eye

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dp View Post
                          Every day is Saturday. I'm a retired (and burned out) IT professional.
                          As long as every day ain't a Sunday else half the week will be committed anyway.

                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1HLhfB8znA

                          You wish!!

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                          • #14
                            Took an early out after doing shiftwork for 30 years. Got to spend more time with the wife and daughters. Converted the two car garage to my man cave. Not so you know it as the wife decided all them large tubs you put junk in should belong in the garage. I have a Jet 13x40 gearhead lathe, grinder, drill press, polishing head to polish artillary shells, one double stack tool box and a sears craftcenter that I converted into a wood topped work station. Frank

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dp View Post
                              Every day is Saturday. I'm a retired (and burned out) IT professional.
                              what burnt you out, oracle?
                              https://www.flickr.com/photos/csprecision

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