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Forum topic by twoblacklabs posted 12-09-2013 10:18 PM 6160 views 0 times favorited 119 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-09-2013 10:18 PM

Having just finished clamping up some hard maple and purple 4/4 into 8/4 blanks, it was time to go run errands.
Went to start my truck to warm it up. Did the same thing I’ve done hundreds of times. Opened door, stood on right foot, left leg pushing clutch in, turned key. We live in flat land so I leave it in gear (manual f150). However, it seems the last person that used it, left it in gear.

Truck took off with me still on one foot (not for long though), I try to pull it out of gear while reaching for brake with left foot. Couldn’t do either. I’m knocked down but luckily not run over. Just some cuts and bruises.

My Wood Shop? Not so lucky. The damn truck goes straight into the wood shop doors like a freaking bulldozer. Taking out my two custom made entry doors, plowing forward taking out my table saw, planer, brand new scroll saw, work table. Only stopping and stalling once it hit the back wall, taking it out along with a lot of tools on the peg boarded wall. Unbelievable.

Damage to the truck includes grill, passenger mirror, numerous dents down passenger side, bug shield, paint.

Damage to shop includes both entry doors, jams, exterior trim, rear wall (peg boards, studs displaced).

Tools include Table Saw (legs crumpled, trunion cracked, cast iron wing cracked), Planer (infeed & outfeed tables torn off, knocked to floor), Scroll Saw (stand crumpled and entire unit knocked onto floor). Several precision squares bent, framing square bent, level broken).

There may be more damage as this as far as I have dug into the mess.

All in all, I guess I’m fortunate. Being a paramedic, I see people hurt in accidents all the time. The tools are replaceable and I can rebuild. Very frustrating as the shop was my place to go and I had several Christmas presents in progress. Now, can’t finish any of them this year. UGH!

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#1 posted 12-09-2013 10:25 PM

Wow that SUCKS. I would cry if that happened to me. I’m glad you’re ok but DANG. What a crappy thing.
Looks like your maple and purpleheart glueup survived tho.
As a side note, I have the same drill as you.

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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#2 posted 12-09-2013 10:31 PM

Bummer! Sorry to hear that!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#3 posted 12-09-2013 10:31 PM

Oh man, I’m so sorry that happened.

-- Billy

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#4 posted 12-09-2013 10:46 PM

Bet your insurance guy is gonna have a field day with that claim.
Glad you’re not injured more.

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#5 posted 12-09-2013 10:46 PM

Oh man, looks bad. Glad you’re not hurt, you can rebuild, it will even be better when you do. Painful right now, I’m sure.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 12-09-2013 10:49 PM

Insured i hope. Home owners policy?

Too bad that wasn’t a Chevy. Would have stalled out on the garage doors.

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#7 posted 12-09-2013 10:50 PM

Dang, that really sucks. Glad to hear you’re okay though. Think I’d definitely be filing a claim on this one; question is, is it an auto claim or a homeowner’s claim? Hmm…

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#8 posted 12-09-2013 10:51 PM

SUCKS BAD….Glad you’re ok.

Hope you have good insurance….Bondo is right though, once the bummer of it all wears off think how much fun it will be to build it better.

-- Just a man and his opinion.

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#9 posted 12-09-2013 10:57 PM

Glad you were not seriously injured. As you say, you replace tools and rebuild your shop. Good luck and be safe.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#10 posted 12-09-2013 11:01 PM

seeing this
is harder than being forced to watch jerry springer

glad you are ok

hope for a good resolve
and some upgrade too

-- 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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#11 posted 12-09-2013 11:04 PM

On a positive note, looks like your glue up survived! :)

Good luck with insurance and enjoy the new tools.

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#12 posted 12-09-2013 11:07 PM

This was A GOOD DAY! It was a good day because you were not seriouly hurt. Everything else is meanigless.

Best thing to do on days like this is get in the house, kiss your wife, hug your kids, pet your dog and go call your insurance agent.

Between your car insurance and homeowner’s insurance, it will all get sorted out!

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#13 posted 12-09-2013 11:18 PM

Crank49 That made laugh out loudly. Thanks. I really needed that.

Yes, insured. Not bothering to claim auto insurance as the deductible is greater than the truck is worth. 240,000 (‘ish) miles.

Screw it. I’m going out to play a poker game. Can only lose $20 so what the hell. Gotta get out of here. Can’t begin rebuild/repairs until after adjuster shows up. It’s boarded up for now.

So frustrated.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#14 posted 12-09-2013 11:28 PM

Sorry to hear about your shop. You’re right, at least you are not seriously hurt and things can be replaced.

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

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#15 posted 12-09-2013 11:32 PM

Glad your ok, poker and a 12oz adult beverige should ease the pain.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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