|Project by TexasDawg||posted 08-03-2009 11:49 AM||2610 views||0 times favorited||34 comments|
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..."