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what are your hobbies away from the dirt

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by 9420pullpan, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. skyking1

    skyking1 Senior Member

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    I just reconnected with my sailing bug a couple weeks ago. That also reattached me to the boat building bug.
    now I want to make a 24-ft trailerable fast catamaran. Just enough space to sleep 2, and enough sail to be scary fun.
     
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  2. Willie B

    Willie B Senior Member

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    I started getting a paycheck as an electrician at age 13. Now, at 65, I still have the same job as I had then.

    I like to build stuff. Built my house, my garage, my sugar house, several buildings for others.
    I like woodworking using traditional joinery the way they did 200 years ago. I cheat, use machine tools to rough it out. The hand plane only hides the marks left by machines. Furniture, cabinetry, I rarely use metal fasteners or glue. Joinery fascinates me.
    I'm a welder. Began in early teens rebuilding Jeep bodies, progressed to auto body work & for a while rebuilt a few total wrecks.
    Recent years, I've gotten into MIG & TIG welding. I've always been obsessed with wanting to weld aluminum & stainless, last 10 years or so I've played a lot with that.
    Of course, welding is 10% of building with metals. It is more accurately, fabricating.
    Four wheel drive vehicles have always been an obsession. Many Jeeps, and a 1956 Dodge Power Wagon with winches front & rear & a dump body I built & designed.
    Interest in machines of all varieties has forced me to be a mechanic. I'm not the best, but I'm not the worst. Projects have ranged from lots of vehicles, to tractors, heavy machinery, and countless machine tools. Most of my shop machines are antiques.
    I built wood splitters in a brief endeavor as a spare time thing.
    Logging & land clearing are ongoing.
    The great flood of 2011 Hurricane Irene left me a new opportunity: Rebuilding a building I had built.
    Moving dirt & rocks is very therapeutic for me. I have had 5 backhoes, a dozer, single axle dump & trailers to haul.
    I, & my son are involved in antique tractors & pulling competitions. My son organizes a local event Columbus weekend. I'm the logistics guy, hauling days on end. A couple years ago Mrs. B asked me after the pull: "How many of these tractors are yours?" I didn't have an answer!
    I made maple syrup many years.
    Made hard cider more years than that, kind of gave that up.
    I haven't found time to build the timber framed cabin I started just before my father retired.
    The sawmill I hoped to build hasn't happened, but I haven't given up.
    Spend precious time camping with my extended family. I'm kind of spoiled, drag a travel trailer last twenty years.
    Been together with one woman 44 years, raised two sons & several of other people's sons. Never had a daughter, but am blessed with several daughters in law.
    First grandchild scheduled to arrive in January.
     
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  3. Truck Shop

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    Next hobby-build a stretch hood 1975 Western Star. Star never made a extended hood those years.:p:eek::oops:
     
  4. DMiller

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    And I thought the Last One was your ‘Last One’ !!
    :D
     
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  5. Truck Shop

    Truck Shop Senior Member

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    More than likely is the Last One.
     
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    I've been doing a fair amount of laser engraving/cutting since I got one a few months back. It's pretty neat though I need to get more creative with it.
     
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  7. Welder Dave

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    I would imagine it's more about a passion for doing something that you're obviously very good at. Your workmanship is impeccable as is your attention to detail! I'm sure I'm not the only one who is looking forward to seeing your latest project come to light.
     
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  8. Willie B

    Willie B Senior Member

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    I learned this past weekend our first grandchild will be a girl. That'll be different.
     
  9. sfrs4

    sfrs4 Senior Member

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    I just tinker with my 21 year old Audi and cars in general when I can afford to buy parts for it. upload_2021-10-5_13-1-36.jpeg did enjoy riding MTB trails but i out grew my bike in performace levels and can't afford to replace it with something more competent so fell out of love with it, other than that my "spare time" is taken up with my family and the wife's ever increasing list of "can you just" lol
     
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    You're gonna mention the Audi, while the GTR just sits behind? Nice rides!
     
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    sfrs4 Senior Member

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    The GTR was fast but the RS4 is just whole different fast, it's sublimely fast, you put your down in the GTR and there is drama and noise and you look down and three figures approaches quickly, you hit the gas in the RS4 and it just takes off, no drama no fuss, you look down and your well into three figures. The GTR also took part in the Cannonball 3000 (europe) with me driving after winning a competition to enter. The WRX was very quick to 90mph after that it slowed off, more of back road car (canyon car) and the little Peugeot 309GTI was amazing in it's day, no where near as fast as the other 3 but damn on tight roads it flew. I have a few hardcore friends who have between us owned most of the fast 90's japanese stuff and then moved onto the german 2000's stuff.
     
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