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sad end to my shop

by Monte Pittman
posted 01-20-2014 10:11 PM

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#1 posted 01-20-2014 10:15 PM

I’m glad your ok – the wind has been bad here in MN too.

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#2 posted 01-20-2014 10:15 PM

Ow. Sorry for your loss.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 10:16 PM

Monte this makes me sick to see! So sorry, I know you’ve got a lot of rebuilding to do, and hopefully once you start getting new equipment it will be fun again.

-- Rex

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#4 posted 01-20-2014 10:19 PM

Best news…you and everyone are safe and sound.

Good news…you now have an opportunity to re-build/re-stock your shop and make ‘amends’ for all the poor tool choices of yesteryear.


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#5 posted 01-20-2014 10:22 PM

So sad to hear about this Monte.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#6 posted 01-20-2014 10:23 PM

Wow ! What a bummer ! Just shows what a super strong wind can do ! As you say, it could have been worse, but I can imagine it’s hard to be grateful at the moment. Good luck rebuilding !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#7 posted 01-20-2014 10:24 PM

shocking. What a loss! I hope you have good insurance.

-- jroot

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#8 posted 01-20-2014 10:25 PM

Glad to hear that no one was hurt. I can just imagine the empty feeling in your gut, though. Hopefully you’ll be able to rebuild even better than before.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#9 posted 01-20-2014 10:26 PM

Just awful, Monte. Glad everyone and the house was OK.
Sorry for the loss.
Happy you get to rebuild and restock.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 01-20-2014 10:30 PM

That sucks as a firefighter my recommendation is dont just put water on it make sure you stir it up as well and get down to the bottom and make soup out of it. Also any left over lumber goes into a metal can with a metal lid to help prevent this. good luck on your new shop the sprinkler system would be nice but unless you put it on the outside it wouldn’t work for you once the whole outside is going. (assuming this was an outside fire) but it will most definatley work for any inside stuff.

-- Dan, New Jersey

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#11 posted 01-20-2014 10:31 PM

Wow, terrible – so sorry. Glad your house and lives/pets went untouched. Maybe you need to go all steel with the next building.

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#12 posted 01-20-2014 10:32 PM

So so sorry Monte. I just burnt some scrap wood yesterday and I believe it could happen to anyone. That makes my stomach turn for you.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#13 posted 01-20-2014 10:32 PM

Craziness. At least no one was hurt and you will get to rebuild.

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#14 posted 01-20-2014 10:33 PM

sorry to see this monte

glad no one was hurt
and at least the house is still good

nothing left but plan b
prayers on that

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 01-20-2014 10:33 PM

A time I enjoy: planning for new shop
How come the ground in your place is vertical?

-- Bert

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#16 posted 01-20-2014 10:35 PM

well that just sucks!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#17 posted 01-20-2014 10:37 PM

Wow, Monte, that’s really awful…! I hope you had a good insurance policy to cover some of your losses.
Losing your shop and lumber is a disaster but at least you and your house are OK.

I don’t know what else to say…but it will get better in time…take it from someone who lost his shop and home in a flood…

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#18 posted 01-20-2014 10:37 PM

Glad everyone’s safe. I’ve lost a home to fire. I know the feeling

-- So much to little time.....

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#19 posted 01-20-2014 10:43 PM

So sorry. Everyone is okay that’s the blessing here. Time to plan a new shop right?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#20 posted 01-20-2014 10:43 PM

Oh wow….soooo sorry…..hope it is all rebuilt soon!

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#21 posted 01-20-2014 10:46 PM

That is seriously a bummer… sincere condolences.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#22 posted 01-20-2014 10:46 PM

I’m so sorry to hear about this. I’m glad that you and your family are ok. I know that you are still in shock from it all, but I know you will be back one day with a new shop full of new tools.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#23 posted 01-20-2014 10:46 PM

That’s terrible! What matters most is that it was only material things and all are safe and well.

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

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#24 posted 01-20-2014 10:47 PM

Rise like the Phoenix… from the flames… comes a new and improved workshop.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#25 posted 01-20-2014 10:48 PM

Sorry to see this. Glad you are OK and the house is safe.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#26 posted 01-20-2014 10:49 PM

Monte,were you able to salvage anything?,even hand tools? is your insurance going to pay full amount or are they placing the blame on you? how would you assess the loss,did you have pictures/cerial # of tools?
I really feel your pain,and the sense of helplessness you must have felt.
We have a metal drum that we use for burning leaves and yard waste, after seeing what could happen I’m going to place it as far as possible from the shop and the house .

Hope everything works out for you.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#27 posted 01-20-2014 10:50 PM

Glad you’re OK Monte sorry about the loss…now you can really plan a shop from the ground up.
Best of luck on rebuilding!

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#28 posted 01-20-2014 10:51 PM

Not looking for sympathy. Well you’re getting it anyways because you deserve it. So very sorry to see this happen.

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#29 posted 01-20-2014 10:53 PM

Wow. Sorry about your shop but glad your house and family are ok.

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#30 posted 01-20-2014 10:55 PM

cant find words, thanks heaven you are Ok.

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#31 posted 01-20-2014 10:56 PM

So sorry Monte. Thanks for posting, I’m sure you will help the rest of us think twice about fire safety.
Glad nobody was hurt.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#32 posted 01-20-2014 10:58 PM

Really sorry to hear about this, Monte. Best of luck to you and glad you are all OK.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#33 posted 01-20-2014 10:58 PM

That is very sad Monte. I am glad that everyone is OK and that you are positive enough to be thinking about rebuilding.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#34 posted 01-20-2014 10:59 PM

Wow Monte….that’s an massive fire! So sorry to see/hear this stroke of bad luck but at least everyone’s ok and you have your house. Good luck on the rebuild.

-- Dick

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#35 posted 01-20-2014 11:00 PM

Really tough loss Monte. We obviously all feel your pain and share a relief that no one was hurt. I too hope you were well insured. ............................ and the eternal optimist in me is thinking that your next shop can include all those little after-though details that your last lacked. Keep us posted. There’s no lack of moral support for you here.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#36 posted 01-20-2014 11:01 PM

I hope you have pictures of everything. Sometimes insurance adjusters try to underestimate the value of equipment and materials. I have full replacement on contents just in case. Good luck and I can’t wait to see pictures of the new shop.

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#37 posted 01-20-2014 11:07 PM

I’m sure sorry to see that Monte, everybody else has put the best advice, sympathy forward, I can only wish you the best and hope the insurance guys/gals look after you right.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#38 posted 01-20-2014 11:07 PM

So sorry to see those pics. Glad to hear no one was hurt. I’m happy you are already thinking about rebuilding.

-- Nicky

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#39 posted 01-20-2014 11:07 PM

Holy crap, so sorry to hear about this Monte, glad no one was hurt.


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#40 posted 01-20-2014 11:15 PM

Monte, I am sorry to hear you lost your shop.

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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#41 posted 01-20-2014 11:17 PM

A sad reminder that nothing can destroy like fire. Glad no lives were lost, and your home was spared. Rough way to start the week.

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#42 posted 01-20-2014 11:24 PM

Monty, This has been a terrible past year for you, re locating, not such grand sales at the fairs, and now this tragedy. I likewise am so glad that no one was injured and your home is untouched It’s such a shame you’ve lost the plant and resources to earn a living from your magnificent beetle kill pine furniture. Just re-build to suite and equip as best you can. My prayers are with you and will continue. Please keep LJ’s updated as to your recovery.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#43 posted 01-20-2014 11:29 PM

Monte, you have been such a great supporter for the entire site, we all glad you are OK, ready to start again, have all of our support and wish you the best in the coming months.

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#44 posted 01-20-2014 11:30 PM

My prayers are with you and your future!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#45 posted 01-20-2014 11:31 PM

Monte, So sorry to hear. Glad everyone is ok and the house is good.
As David said Plan B it is.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#46 posted 01-20-2014 11:33 PM

Glad to hear your house and more importantly everyone within wasn’t hurt. I’ve wanted to heat my shop for some time with wood to save some money, gas is very convenient though, especially if I only get an hour or two at a time. This kind of thing worries me every time I have a fire in my fire pit. Hopefully your insurance cooperates and you’re able to get everything rebuilt and back to making sawdust before too long!

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#47 posted 01-20-2014 11:46 PM

Glad no one was hurt Monte. Shame about the shop, good luck with the rebuild.

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#48 posted 01-20-2014 11:47 PM

So so sorry to see this monte.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#49 posted 01-20-2014 11:47 PM

I understand that you are not looking for sympathy. I tend to be a “glass half full” kind of guy so looking on the bright side…

1. No family, friends, or firefighters were hurt.

2. Your home was not damaged.

3. Everything that was lost CAN be replaced.

4. You get to start from scratch and rebuild the shop the way you want it.

5. You get the opportunity to share your story with others who will hopefully take action to prevent the same thing happening to them.

Thanks for posting and be sure to keep us updated on the rebuilding project.

-- Leafherder

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#50 posted 01-20-2014 11:48 PM

So sorry Monte. That is tough. I hope you have good insurance.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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