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Project by TexasDawg posted 08-03-2009 11:49 AM 2967 views 0 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am from the Dallas, Texas area and was just finishing up the build on my new workshop when I was called up by the US Navy to complete a one year tour of duty in Afghanistan. I left home on Jan 2, 2009 and have been in Afghanistan since. I hope to be paroled in the end of January 2010 from this place. I live in an old shipping container and when I was assigned the room, it was being used as a storage room. I cleared everything out and realized that there were no beds. When I talked with the berthing people, they informed me that it would take about a month to get me some beds and I was not willing to sleep on the floor for a month, so I started scouring camp for some supplies to build a bed. After a little hunting, I found a battery powered saw and drill that I could borrow, a few screws, some scrap wood, a few wooden pallets, and a magazine subscription card to use as a right angle/straight edge. A couple of hours later, I had put together a set of beds so that my new roommate and I were able to enjoy our first night of not living in a tent.

Since the bed was completed, I have outfitted the room and built many other pieces of furniture for people at my office since we don’t have any here. I have a minimum of tools and all of my supplies either come from the scrap pile or I recycle items from the junk pile. Just like books and movies to some, woodworking keeps me sane here as I dodge IEDs and Landmines in Afghanistan. Some of the stuff I have put together doesn’t look like much, but looks are far outweighed by usefulness. I will post when I can, so enjoy.

-- "Counting down the days till I get back to my workshop..."

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#1 posted 08-03-2009 12:37 PM

Nice use of scraps and THanks for serving your country and keeping us safe.


-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 12:44 PM

good job, improvise and overcome

heartfelt thanks for your service
be safe

-- Ron, Missouri

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#3 posted 08-03-2009 01:23 PM

Good work and stay safe!
USN ‘63-85

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 08-03-2009 01:41 PM

nice job on the beds. stay safe!

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 01:49 PM

Great job! I look forward to seeing your work when you do have tools! Save these picks so when your my age this will be a great “back in the day” story to show and tell your grand kids! Be safe.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#6 posted 08-03-2009 01:54 PM

Nice job of recycling, “THANK YOU FOR SERVING YOUR COUNTRY” and keeping all of us safe. More importantly, keep yourself safe and may you have a speedy return home to your family and friends.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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#7 posted 08-03-2009 02:45 PM


A few things…1) THANK YOU !!!!!! For serving our country, I am prior service myself (USN myself, SeaBee)...and happened to be over their the first time we went to the cat liter box (Desert Storm)... and now my son just got back from a two year stint over there.

2) GREAT JOB on the bunk beds…good job on scrounging around and making do with what you have…you would have made a fine SeaBee (Of course you may be one for all I know already)...we had a note stuck on our wall that started off with “Never have so few, done so much when given so little..” went on to say things like “With so Little gratitude…” and was laced with allot of “Colorful” words…lol…(I will see if I can find the pic of it, got one of me and a buddy standing by it)

3) And MOST IMPORTANT…..Keep your head AND your A$$ down and come home safe to your family and friends !!!!!!!!

4) Welcome to LumberJocks !!!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#8 posted 08-03-2009 02:47 PM

Well done, nice use of a small space, stay safe and thank you for serving

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#9 posted 08-03-2009 03:08 PM

First off….Thanks for your service. I agree with Spanky, make sure you take plenty of pics for later, you’ll be glad you did. Great job on improvising. Keep up the good work and stay safe. We look forward to you coming home safe and getting back to working in your new shop.
USMC 67-71 Viet Nam 68-70

-- John @

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#10 posted 08-03-2009 03:37 PM

creative project

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 08-03-2009 03:59 PM

this is awesome! way to go. hope you can get outta there soon and back here for some more pleasant shop time.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 08-03-2009 04:01 PM

Thanks for serving and what a great way to pass your precious free time.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

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#13 posted 08-03-2009 04:03 PM

Keep your head down and your feet up… Good woodworking!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#14 posted 08-03-2009 04:12 PM

Thanks for being there stay safe and oh yeah nice work.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#15 posted 08-03-2009 04:20 PM

My thanks also for your service! You HAVE my utmost respect!

Great job on the beds. They look rock solid to me. I would have never thought of using a subscription card as a square. I’ll have to remember that one. Look forward to the other projects. Keep safe Dawg.

USAF 82-09

-- Rick

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