Originally Posted by SingleCabGuy
I just enjoy being the youngest fabricator on here
enjoy it man! I look back on some of the stuff I fabbed in highschool and shortly thereafter, and it was pretty cool.
after getting a job as a fabber, my mind apparently closed substantially. i was at a get-together a while back when i suddenly noticed the bbq we were cooking on was one i made in high-school. i was able to admire the creativity that went into it as i can no longer do that today.
all cuts free-hand torched, tubing bends made by notching, bending, welding, and blending smooth. (using a cutoff wheel to remove material every inch and "kinking" bends). just seems like i cant do shit anymore that isn't ok'd by and engineer (they only like squares and triangles. . . right triangels), cnc cut, and fit to perfection.
i fucking over-think everything i do on my own now, and am trapped by it. bottom line: if you want to continue being a good fabber, don't get a job as one, especially in a shop that caters to industrial/commercial needs.
for the record, i am no longer an in-shop fabricator, i run piping for the same company. layout, fit, and weld. fun stuff, but in learning piping, i was groomed to no longer trust any joint not covered in 7018. . . fml