Just a swanging...

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Project by TexasDawg posted 09-09-2009 06:55 PM 2800 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, on a mission for the President of Afghanistan, I managed to hurt my hand. Medical said it was bruised and gave me some Motrin for the pain. Two weeks later, it was still hurting and I could barely hold a drill, so I went to medical over at another camp and got an x-ray. Turns out I broke two bones in my hand and had been working for two weeks with a broken hand. They can’t set it here, so they just put a cast on it. I will have to get it rebroken when I get back to the US. Before I went into my cast, I managed to finish a porch swing for the office that could use the space left when they took away a broken port-o-pottie. We don’t have running water and some times it is nice to just sit outside for a little while to decompress. With the space, I was able to build a porch swing where people in the office can sit outside in the shade, look up and see birds in a nearby tree, and feel the breeze as it blows the smell of the port-o-pottie across your face.

But seriously, I had some scrap 2×6 wood, a piece of plywood, and the trunk of a tree that was cut down a while ago. I didn’t have a scroll saw, but I was able to find a sawsall. I learned very quickly that it is very difficult to follow a cut line with a sawsall. The main design requirement was that it had to be able to hold up two people wearing body armor. This is a heavy-duty swing. One problem is that I didn’t have the proper hardware to hang the swing. I found some chain at the motor pool, but I had to ‘go out on the town’ for some ‘S’ hooks. Trying to explain the concept to people out at a store was a challenge. Finally, the shop owner’s eyes got bright and he ran off. I heard some banging in the back of the shop and the owner walked out with two nails beat into the shape of an ‘S’ hook. The nails worked for about 10 minutes before the soft metal completely bent and dropped the chair. We puzzled over the issue and lucked into some locks (that were the right size) at the exchange, so now the chair hangs without worry of dropping people on the ground.

A big thank you to fellow member David Mitchell for sending me some tools that helped me finish the project!

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

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#1 posted 09-09-2009 07:58 PM

Looks great!! Keep yourself safe over there.

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#2 posted 09-09-2009 08:08 PM

Looks good Dawg! When you get back, you’ll have to open your “Afghan Wood Works” store ;)

-- Rick

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#3 posted 09-09-2009 08:41 PM

fine looking swing. i know about military med. after 25 yr. in the navy. be safe.

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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#4 posted 09-09-2009 09:27 PM

Like the hefty, substantial look. Take care of yourself.


-- D.R.O. is getting greener everyday

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#5 posted 09-09-2009 10:44 PM

Looks great. But shade must be hard to come by in Afghanistan. Or there is now a waiting room for the port-o-pottie.
Be safe!
Bob Clark

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#6 posted 09-09-2009 11:04 PM

I wondered what on earth Swanging was ! now I know!! LOL well done Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 09-10-2009 12:27 AM

That’s Yankee Ingenuity for you … nice work!

Thank you for serving our country!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 09-10-2009 12:34 AM

So you’re saying that Vitamin “M” didn’t fix you right up? Weird! Maybe they should step you up to the 800mg dose.

Good work on the swing, Dawg.

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#9 posted 09-10-2009 01:29 AM

you be stylin now , dawg !

that swing looks like it will hold up real good .
glad you got the tools ,
i hope they help .

-- 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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#10 posted 09-10-2009 01:42 AM

Super job and you all take care over there. Thanks for serving. MSG-Ret.- USAR

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

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#11 posted 09-10-2009 02:21 AM

Looks wonderful, take care of that hand.

Thank you for what you do for our country!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#12 posted 09-10-2009 02:30 AM

Excellent work

-- David '65

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#13 posted 09-10-2009 04:57 AM

It is exactly this kind of innovation that makes us a great nation. URAAH! Using what you have on hand, great!

You built a fine swing and are right to be proud of it. Your comrades will surely benefit from a few minutes respite upon it, but do you really need the armed guard? Sorry, my feeble attempt at humor. I think it very cool that you have used your talents in what ever place life takes you. I like the “Swanging” reference.

Thanks for defending freedom. You guys are always in my prayers and on my mind. Oh yeah, Go Navy.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#14 posted 09-15-2009 03:04 AM

One heavily built swing. Nicely done.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 09-15-2009 03:15 AM

Very nice swing Sorry to hear about your hand. Thanks for your service to our country and all of us.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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