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Forum topic by Monte Pittman posted 01-22-2014 01:40 AM 1569 views 0 times favorited 45 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Monte Pittman

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01-22-2014 01:40 AM

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First I want to say thank you to all of the support I have received from the Lumberjocks community. I was surprised, impressed and humbled by how much support I have received. It’s an honor.

First I want to say that the clean up starts this weekend and I will start building a new shop in a month or so. I am happy to say that the new shop is going to be in the same place. I am no longer going to be forced to sell my property. I will temporarily work out of my attached garage.

Thought I would share more of the aftermath photos.

Table saw



Dust collector

Mitre saw

Tool box

The tractor you see was there the whole time, next to the pickup. The tractor is untouched.

Riding lawn mower

This is the base for the drill press

I had 2 fire extinguishers in the shop and 2 more in the pickup. I couldn’t reach any of them. Don’t assume safety, live it.

Thanks for reading.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 01:46 AM

Unbelievably unfortunate Monte. It definitely is difficult to see all that damage and know that you couldn’t do anything as it was happening….but I know you will come out just fine because you are a survivor.
Your new shop will be better than ever…

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#2 posted 01-22-2014 01:48 AM

Glad the tractor and mill were spared. The rest look completely unsalvageable. The new box truck I saw looks ‘well done’ as well.

I have every confidence the new shop/tools will be better than the old. You have learned a lot since you built the first one!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 01-22-2014 01:48 AM

I hope your new shop comes together quickly Monte,such a tragedy .

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-22-2014 01:51 AM

Again, I’m sorry to hear about this, but glad you are ok and your family is too.

Having been an insurance adjuster when I was working, Let me tell you to think of all the small things in the shop and list them too, not just the big equipment. It’s all covered and can really make a difference in the settlement check.

Again, I’m sorry for this happening to you.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#5 posted 01-22-2014 02:02 AM

Sorry for your mishap, as a retired firefighter (32) years I totally agree with your final statement. Never assume safety. Thank God you were not hurt or burned. Good luck and hope the shop gets build very soon.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#6 posted 01-22-2014 02:08 AM

That had to be one intense fire to melt an bend some of that metal that way Good luck with the rebuild buddy.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 01-22-2014 02:08 AM

Those tools are painful to look at. Again, their material things and can/will be replaced. Glad no one was hurt.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#8 posted 01-22-2014 02:10 AM

I would take those tools back where you bought them and tell them they broke and you want a replacement.

It might be too late for the Miter Saw though you would have to prove it was one.

Glad to hear things are getting taken care of,

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#9 posted 01-22-2014 02:14 AM

Monte, you sure have strength sir ! I have a single extinguisher presently, think I’ll be getting a couple more.

Your Rebuild, I look forward to seeing it completed.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#10 posted 01-22-2014 02:36 AM

Best of luck on your rebuild, a fresh start is always something to look forward to.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#11 posted 01-22-2014 02:37 AM

im glad you were not hurt and hope things will come together for you …am looking forward to seeing the new place, and some new tools in place…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 01-22-2014 02:50 AM

You’re tougher than I am! Good luck on your rebuild. And be safe while you are doing it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 01-22-2014 02:51 AM


You have a great attitude and outlook. I wish you well with the clean up and salvage.


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#14 posted 01-22-2014 03:47 AM

Behind you 100% on your rebuild. Hope it all turns out great. Keep us posted.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#15 posted 01-22-2014 03:48 AM

Glad your able to start the clean up process. You seem to have a great attitude, considering the loss of property. No one was hurt, which is the most important thing.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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