The Rebuild

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Blog series by Monte Pittman updated 04-05-2014 01:45 AM 7 parts 14200 reads 161 comments total

Part 1: Out with the burned, in with the blue

01-30-2014 12:20 AM by Monte Pittman | 30 comments »

First and foremost, as most of you would do, get back to work. The Sawmill survived the fire and I still have a few logs to saw. Luckily my entire stock of dry wood did not burn. I did lose about 75% however. So I have to get more cut and drying. In the couple days before the fire I had cut and stacked about 1500 board feet of wood. Those stacks were the first to burn. So this afternoon I got some cut and will stack in the attached garage. Right now I am just sawing beetle kill...

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Part 2: Temporary work space

02-06-2014 04:33 AM by Monte Pittman | 14 comments »

Tomorrow I want all of you to go stand in your shop and realize how lucky you are to have it. Regardless what type of shoo you have, it’s your domain. It’s set up the way you like it. It doesn’t matter if anyone else even likes the way your shop is organized. It only matters to you. I am currently working out of my brothers furniture restoration shop. He does an awesome job of restoring all types of furniture. I thank him dearly for sharing. He does have a lot of nice equ...

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Part 3: on a cold day

03-01-2014 05:25 PM by Monte Pittman | 19 comments »

I have the heater going in my attached garage trying to bring it to a manageable level. We’re at -8F outside. Trying to get it up to 55-60 range. I don’t want to sound like a whimp, but it is just a lot nicer to work in. Today I want to get my 220 circuits run and start setting up the machines. I will show pictures of the machines as I get set up. I am setting up temporarily in my attached garage. It’s 20×20. I know many of you would love that much space. I just need to...

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Part 4: The weekends accomplishments

03-02-2014 11:06 PM by Monte Pittman | 28 comments »

The mitre saw is setup, The table saw is assembled and ready to fire The dust collector is prepared for action Although the Dewalt mitre saw is 120 volt, the table saw and dust collector are 220. I have all the wiring run with the exception of making the final connection to the breakers. Primarily because I can’t find the right screwdriver at home and chose not to make a special trip into town for the screwdriver. Most of those tools were in the shop. I did manage ...

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Part 5: cleaning up, starting up and a few logs

03-05-2014 01:23 AM by Monte Pittman | 24 comments »

The clean up is supposed to be done this week. It’s a black ugly mess. I am very happy that the concrete pad is still in very good shape. In my attached garage, I am thrilled to say that the 220 circuits are alive and the equipment all started perfectly. Got a couple more pieces of equipment to get, but it’s going in the right direction. Of course the world didn’t come to a stop waiting for me to be ready. I have been getting calls to get logs. These are so...

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Part 6: Getting into the swing again

03-13-2014 09:02 AM by Monte Pittman | 27 comments »

I will be the first to admit that I have been a little down the last couple months. I knew what I needed to do to get back up and running, but it has been lacking in heart some. I compare it to when I lost my dad. He was my best friend. It took a couple months to get my head focused after his passing. The first few days is paperwork and meeting people. Busy work. Then I was alone again. Yes I had my LJ friends (who have been nothing short of awesome), my regular job and family. But my pla...

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Part 7: Progress sort of

04-05-2014 01:45 AM by Monte Pittman | 19 comments »

I am about 80% functional in my attached garage. I would like to salute all of you that work in smaller shops. I know many of you think that 20×20 is not a small shop. I assure you it is if you build bigger items and were used to over 4 times that much space. I have much more organizing to do, but I feel very cramped. I am used to having several stacks of different lumber available in the shop at all times. Oh well, it sounds too much like whining now. I have nearly completed the firs...

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