Coconut shredder in use and projects in Afghanistan

  • Advertise with us
Project by Pete Santos posted 06-18-2007 07:35 AM 5985 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Coconut shredder in use and projects in Afghanistan
Coconut shredder in use and projects in Afghanistan No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
Zoom Pictures

I promised to upload some video of me using the coconut shredder this weekend but it was very rainy (I wanted to do it in the back yard) and we had too many planned activities anyway that I would not have gotten to it.

So I found a picture of me using another one when I was in Afghanistan last year. I also included some of the practical furniture I made for the guys and girls in my unit. Furniture was virtually unavailable down there and you had to request it to be made by the civilian contractors which would have taken weeks. Lumber was free for the asking. All I had was a tape measure, a speed square, a couple speed clamps, a circular saw, and an 18v drill. Everything was held together with screws or nails.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

20 comments so far

View WayneC's profile


13754 posts in 4094 days

#1 posted 06-18-2007 07:38 AM

Lots of practical projects. Well done. The coconut shredder looks like it works great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

View David's profile


1969 posts in 4135 days

#2 posted 06-18-2007 08:42 AM

Great use of sheet goods! Excellent and practical projects.


View HandsOgold's profile


95 posts in 4000 days

#3 posted 06-18-2007 09:10 AM

now thats woodsmanship. making such practical goods out of ply and grit. Limited tools, unlimited imagination. i am more impressed with this, than some fancy antique reproductions that are tenoned and stained and hand-rubbed and almost perfect. as for the coconut shredder. make mine a pina colada.

-- Dan

View MsDebbieP's profile


18615 posts in 4157 days

#4 posted 06-18-2007 11:35 AM

shredder. Fresh shredded coconut. That must be delicious. (I’ve eaten by chunks but never shredded it).

You must have been the national treasure there—- you sure were busy with all of those projects! And what lovely projects they were. Nice!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

View furnitologist's profile


198 posts in 4009 days

#5 posted 06-18-2007 12:51 PM

Now we’re talk’in woodworking…......proof you don’t need a million shop to make stuff if you understand materials.

Excellent work Chamoruboy…........Neil

View PanamaJack's profile


4483 posts in 4074 days

#6 posted 06-18-2007 02:59 PM

Cool working chamoruboy!

You did us very proud over there!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

View TreeBones's profile


1827 posts in 4020 days

#7 posted 06-18-2007 04:26 PM

This is the truest form of wood working, filling the needs of your home and community with resources at hand. My hat’s off to you. Thanks for everything.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

View Napaman's profile


5526 posts in 4073 days

#8 posted 06-18-2007 05:06 PM

amazing…i wont show my wife this post because it will defeat my argument for more tools—-lets all keep this one a secret…what we cannot keep secret is the amazing projects and the amazing work all of you do overseas for us everyday…glad you are home safe!

And the quote you have at the bottom of your photos is great…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

View Pete Santos's profile

Pete Santos

172 posts in 4005 days

#9 posted 06-18-2007 05:17 PM

Everyone – Thanks for the kind words. It was really my enjoyment and benefit to do those projects. Once word got out that I was making furniture I was mobbed. People were offering up their first born to get some furniture. But the only thing I required from them was to help during the process and to help with the clean-up. I figured that having them help would show them how easy and fun woodworking is and that you don’t have to be afraid of a “project” and mistakes can be easily fixed. Also that you only really need a few simple tools to get the job done. A few of them volunteered to help out with other people’s “requests” so that they can watch and learn a little.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

View Bob Babcock's profile

Bob Babcock

1804 posts in 4082 days

#10 posted 06-18-2007 06:10 PM


1st let me thank you for your service.

What an extraordinary job you did with limited resources. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

View DocK16's profile


1184 posts in 4083 days

#11 posted 06-18-2007 06:26 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention. Nice use of what was avaliable. I think the one thing all woodworkers share is a little Yankee Ingenuity. (that includes you Canadians.)

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

View DrSawdust's profile


323 posts in 4094 days

#12 posted 06-19-2007 03:10 AM


Thank you. . . . . thank you . . . what you are doing means so much to me and my family.

As for the furniture . . . . you rock. Never pass up an opportunity to play with free lumber.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

View jockmike2's profile


10635 posts in 4243 days

#13 posted 06-19-2007 03:36 AM

I’m a vet also, so first let me thank you for that. I never got that during Nam. Second you really left a gift to a lot of people like you said, by showing them how easy it was to make things and how much fun and use it can be. My hats off to you troop, Goo-Rah. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

View oscorner's profile


4563 posts in 4307 days

#14 posted 06-19-2007 03:41 AM

THANK YOU FOR SERVING! You have made some great projects with your limited access to tools and I’m sure your unit appreciated your talents in their time of need.

-- Jesus is Lord!

View Larry's profile


200 posts in 4208 days

#15 posted 06-19-2007 06:55 AM

Great projects and glad you had time to make them.
Also as stated “thanks for serving.”

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

showing 1 through 15 of 20 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics