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Blog entry by MilFlyer posted 05-15-2014 03:36 AM 1449 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, so a little about me. I’m a military member who started learning woodworking from a great friend at Eglin Air Force Base. It all started with scrollsawing and of course branched off into other tools and their use. When I originally received orders for South Korea I had been told not to worry about bringing power tools or anything like that because there would be no space to be able to do anything. Besides, every base has a woodshop right?!? So I followed that sage and sound advice, packed up all my tools and put them in permanant storage while the wife and I and our four children started on our two year adventure overseas. We arrived at Osan in August of 2013. They set us up in family housing pretty quick, much to our surprise. Even more to our surprise was the size of these places in the highrise. Our apartment was over 2300SqFt! I’d lived in smaller houses! And it came with a great deck that measured 4’ x 9’ and a laundry room that was huge and additional storage room down the hall. I instantly realized the mistake in bringing no tools at all…not even a cordless drill and circular saw. But I was decided and determined that I would just have to wait till I got back to the States because I wasn’t going to buy a complete second set of tools….. And then it happened….the wife decided I should be able to do at least a little woodoworking since the base didn’t have a wood shop (it had closed down a year and a half prior…go figure). So she bought me the Black and Decker Matrix along with all the attachments (Circular Saw, Jig Saw, Router, Multitool….). And this is the point where the adventure begins…again!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#1 posted 05-15-2014 04:09 AM


Glad to hear that you’ll be able to continue on with the woodworking. Wives are so wonderful, aren’t we? Or do you think she has ulterior motives? LOL


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#2 posted 05-16-2014 12:23 AM

Well, the one problem you’re going to have is shipping all those woodworking projects back home!

Definitely keep us posted on how it’s going, and make sure to post your projects!

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

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#3 posted 05-16-2014 09:35 AM

It will be interesting to see what you come up with in your unique situation. Look forward to watching. What kind of wood do you have access to over there? Don’t forget old handtools (good keepsakes/souvenirs with stories, sometimes). Good luck and keep posting!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#4 posted 05-17-2014 09:52 PM

Welcome to the party! You’ll have to get some projects posted too; I can’t wait to see the end tables!

-- -MDWhite

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#5 posted 05-19-2014 05:08 AM


Thanks for the words and welcome, it’s certainly appreciated.

L/W—ROFL. You nailed it right on the head. She made her ulterior motives very clear. I owe her two end tables and a coffee table BEFORE I get to do anything else! :)

Dean—Thanks. And will do.

Pickle—So far my wood choices are limited. I’ve been working with Pallets which I grab from the back of the BX or the Commissary here on base. We also have a wood recycling bin that is the size of a tractor trailer which I am allowed to raid selectively (depending on the mood of the little Korean Lady that runs the place) and I have access to the local contractor supply yard and they mainly carry Pine from Europe or Australia. He has some hardwood come in but it will be limited numbers of boards of Brazillian hardwood that has been cut for molding. I have finally found a Korean Woodworker shop (just last week) and he will order things for me, but his prices are pretty steep.

Quigon—Get your tail out to Korea. I need a Jedi Master out here to be able to ask questions of on how to fix my mistakes!!!! ROFL.

VR all,

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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