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Project by ArmyMrFixit posted 12-04-2009 08:20 PM 1667 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this while I was stationed in Iraq in 2005. We needed an altar in the chapel, at the time all we were using was an old table. The only material I could get my hands on was plywood and 2×6s. So I made do with what I had and went at it. The table top is made of 2×6s (I forget how many it was) laid side by side like a work bench. Actually, workbenches are what gave me the idea in the first place.

I wanted it to be heavy and sturdy, but it also had to be movable since we also did a large number of memorial services in there and it would have to be put in the back of the chapel. What I came up with was to have the wheels go up and down via a hinge. You can see what I am referring to in pictures 3 and 4.

To my understanding it is still being used in Taji, Iraq every Sunday.

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 08:49 PM

Very ingeniously constructed, especially given the limit in materials. Simplicity has a beauty all its own. I am sorry that there is such a need for the memorial services. I hope the altar becomes a beacon of peace and comfort for those that have to use it in such grim circumstances.

Blessings to you and thank you for your service to our country.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 12-05-2009 01:22 AM

Great job and thank you for your service.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#3 posted 12-05-2009 11:37 PM

From an old vet, thanks for your service. Great idea and it looks like you did something very practical for your unit. I bet it saw a lot of service. Nice job, and I’m glad you made it home ok. mike

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

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