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640 Sq Ft deck in remote FOB Afghanistan

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Project by JessieinMO posted 10-05-2011 11:37 AM 2049 views 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am currently in far northern Afghanistan. This deck including the table and benches I built to get us up out of the dust which will soon be mud when the rain hits. It is complete with an electrical outlet at the table. The whole thing was built with a dewalt tool set containing 1 small skill saw (with one blade), one jig saw (with one blade) and one drill (with one phillips bit). Somehow I made it through without any new blades or bits which is great because there are not any more on this FOB (Forward Operating Base). I did not even have a square, I used a piece of 3/4 plywood and made a 6” square hoping the factory corner was very close.

I cannot wait to get back home to a shop with tools!!!


Jessie





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#1 posted 10-05-2011 12:16 PM

Great job and thank you for your service in Afghanistan.

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#2 posted 10-05-2011 12:18 PM

I love how you guys improvise. Looks right up town!

-- Joe

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#3 posted 10-05-2011 12:21 PM

Looks good! MOTIVATED!

-- I make the best sawdust!

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 12:29 PM

God bless you. I pray you will return safely and soon. Is that a local wood you used? Looks an awful lot like construction grade from the box store. lol

-- Jim

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 01:27 PM

Great job.
Improvise, overcome.

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 10-05-2011 01:55 PM

Thanks for your service!!
Excellent work.
Those blades must be shot by now.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 10-05-2011 02:00 PM

Very nice work under less than ideal conditions. I like the initiative.

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#8 posted 10-05-2011 02:05 PM

Again – thanks for your service. Stay safe!

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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JessieinMO

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#9 posted 10-05-2011 02:05 PM

The lumber was “tactifully reallocated and relocated” to our area. The German labels on the bundle said “mixed spruce/fur, general use” hmmmm, guess they have box stores there too. I will tell you dimensionally it is wrong, it appears to be 2×6’s however, it is 1 9/16×5”. Took a little getting used to that.

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#10 posted 10-05-2011 02:09 PM

WOW!!!! That’s great work even if you did have a shop full of tools! :-)

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#11 posted 10-05-2011 02:27 PM

God bless, and thanks for your service. Are you in the Missouri Nat’l Guard? (I just noticed your name, JessieinMO).

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#12 posted 10-05-2011 02:37 PM

Very nice work. Great miiter corners esp without a square. Thanks for your service.

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#13 posted 10-05-2011 02:57 PM

Very good looking table and deck. Impressive. God bless and Thanks for your service.

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#14 posted 10-05-2011 02:57 PM

Jessie

That looks great. Thanks for your service. Is there an address where I could send you some blades? Send me your address and the specifics (blade size, etc) and I’ll be happy to ship you a couple blades if you’d like. It’s the very least I can do for you given what you’re doing for all of us.

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#15 posted 10-05-2011 02:57 PM

Very nicely done and it must be a real luxury to have something like that on a base in Afghanistan so you’ve shown a lot of initiative. Thanks for your service.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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