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Offline David

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Re: How many of you are hobbyists and how many are paid for your skills
« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2020, 08:27 AM »
Pure hobbyist. It wouldn't be fun (for me) if I did it for a living.
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Offline Mr. Amateur

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Re: How many of you are hobbyists and how many are paid for your skills
« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2020, 09:48 AM »
Purely a hobbyist. I really respect a true craftsman.

Offline ceddy

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Re: How many of you are hobbyists and how many are paid for your skills
« Reply #32 on: September 29, 2020, 03:59 PM »
Have a been a hobbyist for 10-12 years, but my business is super slow because of Covid, so I bought a jointer and a proper dust collector to add to my Festool arsenal to be able to sell furniture. Only piece of the puzzle missing is a saw stop. I get by with the TS55 but a table saw would be easier to work with.

Offline ChuckM

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Re: How many of you are hobbyists and how many are paid for your skills
« Reply #33 on: September 30, 2020, 12:50 AM »
Snip.
Only piece of the puzzle missing is a saw stop. I get by with the TS55 but a table saw would be easier to work with.

Could you claim tax deduction if you buy the SawStop for your furniture business? My hobby brings me income which is reported as revenue when I file my tax return. My tool purchases are capital expenditures (depreciation).

Offline PaulMarcel

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Re: How many of you are hobbyists and how many are paid for your skills
« Reply #34 on: September 30, 2020, 02:18 AM »
Just a hobbyist, though I do a fair number of basically unpaid commissions. These are usually for my broke friends with an entrepreneurial idea I support (and one now has a very well equipped shop with CNC and laser free for my use). Other times, it's for the challenge, and those the people will always, always run the second I ask for an agreed-upon jokingly-small payment.

I'll admit I have more tools than I 'need', but I also love tinkering with them and as most of them have pretty nice resale, I get to play on discount.
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Offline mkasdin

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Re: How many of you are hobbyists and how many are paid for your skills
« Reply #35 on: September 30, 2020, 03:22 AM »
Glad to see your still around! The circus thing with Covid doesn’t fit into essential business. I think regular table saws like Powermatics are going for cheap, since most people these days are trading I for a sawstop?

Offline PaulMarcel

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Re: How many of you are hobbyists and how many are paid for your skills
« Reply #36 on: September 30, 2020, 03:41 AM »
Glad to see your still around! The circus thing with Covid doesn’t fit into essential business. I think regular table saws like Powermatics are going for cheap, since most people these days are trading I for a sawstop?

Thanks! Yes, my month-long traincations to Las Vegas to train with Cirque performers is kinda done right now. But many have moved on to training via Zoom classes. Thankfully, I converted my living room into an aerial gym 3+ years ago and now it gets used for 15+ hours a week. Best thing ever. (Festools, Vacupress, and SawStop used to build it, btw).

In my case, I pre-ordered the PCS SawStop because I pay for my hobbies typing at a desk job and, as a mentor of mine from Microsoft who lost part of finger in the shop told me, never, ever underestimate how much this affects your life. Fortunately, he made his fortune before having to move away from intense coding (i.e., typing). That was enough for me. Cheap insurance especially considering my private insurance monthly [eek]

I took a long weekend this weekend and next: they are both filled with woodworking and a whole lot of circus aerial  [cool]
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Offline Grakat

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Re: How many of you are hobbyists and how many are paid for your skills
« Reply #37 on: October 02, 2020, 06:28 PM »
Hobbyist.

I am a professional Engineer but work in wood for the change, and the opportunity to do one off work.

Regards
Graham

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