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EarlS

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02-13-2018 06:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: day job

As I read through the various projects, and especially once I start reading blogs, reviews, or replies to questions on the Forum I am struck by the amount of technical and mechanical knowledge as well as the depth of understanding of these topics… which got me to wondering what professions, jobs, occupations, LJ’s fill their time with 9 to 5, as the day job.

As a side question – what got you into woodworking?

Me – I’m a project engineer so I get to design and build chemical processes. My dad got me interested in woodworking 20+ years ago and I also decided that I could make stuff that was as good, or better, than what was being sold in the stores.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"


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LittleShaver

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#1 posted 02-13-2018 07:11 PM

I’m an emergency planner.
My Dad was a woodworker among other things. I got into woodworking to make the things we couldn’t afford about 40 years ago. My wife has very high standards of quality, much beyond our reach if I don’t build things. She also loves that I made her a simple stool that looked exactly like the one in Architectural Digest that was listed for $1015.00

-- Sawdust Maker

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 02-13-2018 07:17 PM

Although just recently retired, I’m a funeral director and embalmer. Growing up in Virginia, being surrounded by our colonial history is what got me into woodworking. Being enamored with the 18th century is what keeps me woodworking unplugged!

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Craftsman on the lake

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#3 posted 02-13-2018 07:25 PM

Retired now but I did 30+ years a a junior high science teacher and about 5 years as a computer integrator. We were the first state to give all students an Apple laptop. Sort of wild west at the time but most places have copied it today. Apple wined and dined us. I’m probably the first teacher to know what it’s like to experience corporate compared to the public experience.
I began woodworking after getting a degree in guitar making in Camden Maine. From there I branched off to do other things. I’ve stopped making guitars for quite awhile now but may again someday. I actually have some 40 year old rosewood guitar sets stashed away. Illegal to sell them now without certified verification.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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bonesbr549

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#4 posted 02-13-2018 07:47 PM

Me, I’ve loved woodworking since my high school shop class Guss Santolla. Still think of him often. My dad and his 10 brothers, built most of the houses in our town, so it’s in the blood. My parents home that he built had oak 2×4 stud walls. Really kinda funny trying to nail a dry wall nail into that….

Me, I’m in IT leadership with a fortune 50 pharmaceutical manufacturer. I’ve got two years to go till retirement. Started as a programmer out of college. I will miss the rewarding work and money, but not the other BS that goes with corporate america.

I have plans to open a commercial shop when I retire. I’ll be 57, but figure why not. Cheers

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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bonesbr549

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#5 posted 02-13-2018 07:47 PM

Me, I’ve loved woodworking since my high school shop class Guss Santolla. Still think of him often. My dad and his 10 brothers, built most of the houses in our town, so it’s in the blood. My parents home that he built had oak 2×4 stud walls. Really kinda funny trying to nail a dry wall nail into that….

Me, I’m in IT leadership with a fortune 50 pharmaceutical manufacturer. I’ve got two years to go till retirement. Started as a programmer out of college. I will miss the rewarding work and money, but not the other BS that goes with corporate america.

I have plans to open a commercial shop when I retire. I’ll be 57, but figure why not. Cheers

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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pottz

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#6 posted 02-13-2018 08:04 PM

well i sell construction hardware at a large production lumber company in the los angeles area.my grandfather and my dad were both very skilled wood workers and builders so i got my start around the age of 6 or 7 and my interest has just grown over the years.as much time as i spend here many probably think im retired,got about 5-7 years too go.luckily its always on my screen at work so i can pop in and out,and save my time for making dust!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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papared

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#7 posted 02-13-2018 08:24 PM

I was a custom furniture maker for years, moved south and worked in a NASCAR cup series garage. I am now in the process of building a new house with a large detached workshop to start making furniture again.

I started woodworking after taking woodshop in high school later turning my hobby into a business. The high school part was a long time ago! Looking forward to making all kinds of pieces for my clients.

Red

-- Papa Red

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diverlloyd

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#8 posted 02-13-2018 08:32 PM

Commercial diver/ under water welder doing saturation dives with hyperbaric welding. Then a union sheet metal worker building distillation equipment and being a copper smith.

I just like building stuff and when I feel well enough the shop is a short distance from my house.

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caboxmaker

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#9 posted 02-13-2018 08:45 PM

I’m retired but my part time job is trying to figure out where all the LJ members went.

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Ron Aylor

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#10 posted 02-13-2018 08:49 PM



I m retired but my part time job is trying to figure out where all the LJ members went.

- caboxmaker

Too funny … at least you know where .02% of them are!

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#11 posted 02-13-2018 08:54 PM

Commercial demolition estimator and project manager.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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JADobson

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#12 posted 02-13-2018 09:08 PM

Program admin at a University. Started woodworking because I don’t make anything at my job. Was going crazy. Needed something to do with my hands. Started with model planes … got bored … woodworking offered a lot more opportunities for creativity.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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Ick

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#13 posted 02-13-2018 09:23 PM

Retired computer programmer that worked in oil & gas industry. Now, I’m the construction supervisor for our local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Got a suggestion award at work and bought a ShopSmith in 1978. I’ve upgraded to various tools since, but still keep the Mark V around.

-- Craig, Oklahoma

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Rich

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#14 posted 02-13-2018 10:44 PM

I’m a retired scuba diver for Roto Rooter.

I was fortunate that my dad was a serious woodworker and so I had access to a fully equipped shop, and a knowledgable teacher, as far back as the 1950s. I am also fortunate not to have been part of the generation raised by helicopter parents, and so was allowed to use those tools at what today might seem like a shockingly young age (<10)

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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OSU55

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#15 posted 02-13-2018 10:49 PM

Apparently one of the few in America involved in manufacturing. 34 yrs and counting all in engineering – R&D, testing, relability, design, quality, process, maintenance. Currently directing engineering in 5 plants in NA, 4 in the US. Been making HVAC compressors for my last 27 yrs.

While my high school had shop class, I focused on college prep courses and sports. I started refinishing/refurbishing furniture many years ago. As my son went through shop class in jr hi and high school I decided to start making furniture vs fixing and refinishing. Then I thought I would try turning. I’ve always preferred to do most of my own craftsman work, be it cars, motorcycles, guns, or woodworking. Along with learning and perfecting woodworking skills and processes, I like having start to finish control of all aspects, unlike the day job of playing the hand I was dealt (‘course I never deal myself a bad hand… yea right).

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