Thanks for the advice. Though, trust me, I got my hands plenty dirty before going into IT. IT just came easy for me and started out as a hobby while I was doing carpentry and digging ditches full-time for daily pay.
But I think you're right. I looked at local job scene for machinist, and though starting pay is roughly $17/hr, who knows what the job market will look like 3-4 years from now, and I can't put my life and my family's life on hold for a career shift. That and I'm sure I'll be beat out by some more experienced machinists looking for jobs.
So now my dream is to buy some land up north, and build me a cabin.