Where the heck have I been all this time???

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Blog entry by MadJester posted 09-12-2014 04:15 AM 2439 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of you probably don’t know me…that’s cool….but some of you may remember me…I was just getting into posting here on Lumberjocks, then got caught up with work and let my postings slip….I really meant to get back to posting, but little pesky things like customer work got me a bit distracted. Then, in December of 2013…things changed for me in a huge way.

I had an oil delivery truck take out the side of my building.

It was pretty scary, as I was in my store at the time it happened…sounded like a freight train or an earthquake…the truck managed to come down two small hills on that road, take out the utility pole, my gas line and my electric….then proceeded to drag the pole down the length of my building. And I couldn’t live or work there…they were worried about the structural integrity of the building…and rightly so….you can’t see it very well in this pic, but when they opened up the siding, there was one major support beam that was cracked right below the cross beam…nasty stuff…

So, basically, I was out of my home for five months, totally displaced and not a happy camper. I just reopened my store on the 24th of August, and I still have a few small things to do to complete it, but it’s better than ever and that wall isn’t going anywhere anytime soon…fact is, it’s concrete block along the bottom, filled with concrete and rebar….plus they added the curb…I DARE a truck to try to take it down now! LOL

I am nearly ready to start doing projects again, but I’ve decided to no longer do refinishing…after 25 years of doing it (and the wake up call from the accident…) I’m going to focus on expanding my woodworking skills with some small boxes, maybe make a cutting board or two (or ten…), making more guitar picks and diving in deeper with some more knife scale replacements that I actually picked up the bug for over the winter when a good friend allowed me to use his shop while mine was a complete mess…I hope this pic turns out right side up…

Yeah….it got ugly before it got better, but that’s always been my motto….make it ugly to make it pretty….So there were very few hiccups, but it all worked out in the end…some of these pics are of the process before it was completed….

I had a friend that helped design the sign, then I hand painted it….took way too many hours, but I think it came out pretty good…

So that’s it…I’ll post the very few projects that I did over the winter in another blog…and I should be back up and woodworking very, very soon…just gotta organize a few more trouble spots and I’m good to go….thanks for reading all this…I certainly appreciate it…if you want, you can just look up my store name (Mad Jester Woodworks) on FB (put that name in the FB search bar…should come right up…) and follow along with me there as well. I have more pics of the accident posted there also.

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-12-2014 05:38 AM

Glad you are back Susan. My shop burned down last January, so I understand what a pain it is to be without. Best wishes for the future.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-12-2014 08:06 AM

Humm a bit nasty, what sort of oil was it tung oil? Burnishing oil? Linseed Oil? or just oil for preserving wood working machines!

I hope you tested out your nail gun on the menace !!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 09-12-2014 11:10 AM

That’s a tough year…glad you are getting things back in order…....hammer down.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 09-12-2014 12:35 PM

Thanks guys! Robscastle…if it had been tun oil (or better yet, Danish Oil!) you can bet I would have been set up for a lifetime supply by now! It was a plain old nasty fuel oil truck…maybe next time it will be something more useful….

Monte…that really does suck…I got fairly lucky and didn’t have to replace any tools (only lost a few small hand tools when the pipes broke…but easy enough to clean up…)...I can’t imagine if I had to replace all the tools, even if it WAS covered by the insurance….

And thanks JL7….always hammer down!!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#5 posted 09-12-2014 12:39 PM

Glad to see you back.

My daughter had a truck hit (and run) her farm house. It is finally back together. So I can relate a bit to how upsetting and scary it all is.

On to new and different.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 09-12-2014 12:55 PM

Great to read a bit about you and your shop. You’re less than two hours South of me, and there are times when work has me in your area, so I may get to see your place in person one of these days.

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

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#7 posted 09-12-2014 01:31 PM

That is an old building. Not surprising it did not fall. Really nice repair. Best thing is that you were not hurt during the accident.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#8 posted 09-12-2014 03:10 PM

Thanks everyone! Lightcs….if you are in the area, definitely stop on over…:D and Dbray, the last thought before the truck stopped moving was that I was going to be buried in the rubble….but that old building held up pretty darn good…they really knew how to build stuff back then!

SPalm…it really was quite scary…but the building is better than it ever was and I’m grateful for all the wonderful people that helped make it a safe place to live and work again…it has helped me do a really good clean out and get rid of a lot of projects that in my mind I was certain I would get around to doing, but in reality, I probably never would have…the purge is nearly done, and I’m much happier for that…glad your daughter has her house back together…it really is a long process….and you never really stop thinking about it…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#9 posted 09-12-2014 03:27 PM

What a nightmare it must have been…
Glad no personal injury was suffered.
Soon, the hardship will be but a memory….
and the “new & improved” space will yield good memories.
A fresh start is good, to bad it had to come in such a devastating way!!!

looking forward to seeing all your future projects….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 09-12-2014 03:54 PM

Good to see you back, Susan. Boxes eh? That sounds interesting.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 09-13-2014 12:27 AM

Way to make lemonade out of lemons!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#12 posted 09-13-2014 05:32 AM

Glad to hear no injuries, that it is better than before and you have gone in a new direction with a purpose, congratulations and good luck

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 09-14-2014 02:16 AM

Thanks everyone…it’s been one heck of a ride…I think the hardest part was not being able to live in the building (I live over the top of the shop…).....that was the only thing that really got to me…but I’ve been back since April….and it’s certainly something that I don’t recommend to people that need to have help motivating them to purge their shop…I will try to not let it get so junked up again! (Must try to be more picky with the projects that I pick up that I ‘plan to get around to’...LOL)

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#14 posted 09-14-2014 03:12 AM

Wow. Glad you’re back on track.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#15 posted 09-14-2014 10:20 AM

Good to see you back Susan,
I send you a mail.
Lovely shot of you, with the pixie in the back.
What a cool sign, it was well worth the effort, sure that will make some people curious.
I can relate to your refuge, it is a tough time when we are driven out of our homes, we need that safe place. So I am glad to read you are back and life will now progress with positivity.
Look forward to see what you will be up to.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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