CPF already has the Materials/Mechanical/Machining forum & this thread is not meant to duplicate a forum that works very well. Rather it is intended to offer a look at some of the projects that go through a typical small job-shop. The term job-shop means that virtually any type of work is accepted whether big or small, complex or simple, from any customer who walks through the door (or sends an email, text, fax, etc.) The goal of a job-shop is simple - understand what the customer wants, do the work, move on to the next project.
Some job-shops run contract work that involves the production of multiple pieces of the same or similar parts on a repeating basis. The work provides a somewhat dependable source of business & helps eliminate the peaks & valleys of working on a day by day basis. Sometimes the work is interesting & technically challenging but other days it is sheer drudgery ... imagine drilling one hole in each of 500 steel blocks & then going back to tap those same 500 holes. Not as bad as it may sound once a system is developed to efficiently process the work.
Look for lots of images of work in progress. Quite a bit will be light related while some will cover other areas that I hope are interesting to the reader. We'll have to see where this goes but there's quite a bit of interest on CPF about how things are done. This thread should help answer some of those questions.