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Forum topic by SawDustnSplinters posted 09-09-2008 10:29 PM 1160 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2008 10:29 PM

It has been one hell of a week for me but I have a lot of respect for Oak trees now, last week on the 3rd of September I was on my way home on a dark winding road when a deer suddenly jumped in front of my car . I tried to avoid hitting it and when I hit the soft shoulder on an S-curve, I spun out of control and t-boned an old live oak. Well the car is totalled, my collar bone is fractured as well as my pelvis and the back of my head is well a bunch of staples. After I got released from the hospital I went back to look at that oak and not a darn scratch on it.

Oh well, guess I should count my blessings…..depressing part is I have a stack of orders to get out but in too much pain to work on them….maybe it is time for a career change again….


-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#1 posted 09-09-2008 10:42 PM

Ouch. Hope you have as speedy a recovery possible..

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 09-09-2008 10:55 PM

Live Oak – 1
Live Woodworker – 0
Dead Car – ?

Oh well. I can tell you as someone who is still recovering from a serious leg fracture from a year ago that NOT woodworking is a bad idea during recovery. [:u)

-- Jim

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#3 posted 09-09-2008 11:09 PM

Glad that you made a speedy return to LJ’s and I hope you will do the same for your orders and so on. My experience has proven that the deer makes a better target than the trees. Sorry to here you had to endure this event to start with and wish you all the best.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#4 posted 09-09-2008 11:23 PM

Hope you heal well and quickly. I was on the NYS thruway today, and a driver lost control of his SUV behind me and ate the guard rail. I bet he’ll wish it was a live oak when he gets done. Dry roads, so I have no idea what made him spin out.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#5 posted 09-10-2008 12:05 AM

Get well soon Frank! Glad you are at least back at the computer. Rest up and do what your doctors tell ya to do.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 09-10-2008 02:02 AM


That doesn’t sound like any fun at all.

Sounds like you were in pretty bad shape.

I hope you have a speedy recovery, and maybe take up deer hunting!

Best wishes;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 09-10-2008 05:16 AM

Glad you made it through Frank. Those oaks sure are tough.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 09-10-2008 06:30 AM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I hope you clients will cut you some slack. Pelvic fractures are hard to stablize. I’m glad you made it through the wreck.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 09-10-2008 07:23 AM

Well, I hate that you’re in pain… but it suuure sounds like a good excuse to spend more time on LumberJocks to me..!!

I hope you have a speedy recovery… tell the Dr that a little titebond on that fracture will go a long way.


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 09-10-2008 04:25 PM

Hit the deer.

My dad was a police officer when I was growing up and he told to hit the deer as it will cause less damage more offten than not.

I hope that you get well soon.

-- Hope Never fails

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#11 posted 09-10-2008 04:40 PM

Get Well Soon…

accidents are a pain in the a$$, hope your recovery will be swift, and you’ll be back to normal ASAP.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 09-21-2008 12:07 AM

Thanx Everyone, I really appreciate it….

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#13 posted 09-21-2008 03:17 PM

The hull of the USS Constituton – “Old Ironsides” – was made from Live Oak. That says it all…

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