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Project by NightRouter posted 910 days ago 1241 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was in the Middle East (I could tell you where I was but I’d have to kill you). They got me to a woodworkers shop one day so I scrounged some dunnage and other crate material, recycled it and made a conference table (2×4’s and plywood) and made a “storefront” for our overseas container post office, then we have a half door for our dispatch, and last the only pic I have of a “deck” we built so we had a place to hang out and drink near beer (wasn’t near enough for me). The deck had a privicy type fence and a gate with a sign above it when it was finished. I heard it met it’s demise a while after we left due to a sandstorm and some camels..don’t have any proof though.





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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 910 days ago

Looks like those projects really fit the bill, well done. Pesky camels…they’ve no respect for a mans deck LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 910 days ago

Nice work they all look great .It’s got to be tough trying scrounge enough material to do good project like these. Thank you for your service to our country, Be safe!

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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doncutlip

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#3 posted 909 days ago

First let me say thank you for your service. I like the conference table, you’ve done a great job considering the materials at hand.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 909 days ago

We can only work with what is available. You did a better job than most could have. Thank you for your service.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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sticks4walking

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#5 posted 909 days ago

Well done sir. Good work. And Thank You for your service, we owe you all, big time.

Mike.

-- Mike, Somewhere in Indiana with a splinter or two!

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Rob Stallworth

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#6 posted 909 days ago

Nice work.
Thank you for your sacrifice and service to keep this country free.

-- Rob Stallworth, Birmingham AL

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Brat700

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#7 posted 909 days ago

This brings back memories of project we built in Veit nam back in 1967. I stoled from other companies the stuff to build what we needed

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NightRouter

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#8 posted 909 days ago

Brat700…I don’t steal from other companies…I “procure”....ha ha. Thank you gentlemen for your kind words…it’s my pleasure to serve. Honestly..I like taking something that looks like trash and making it into something useful. Of course…once the kids are raised I think I’ll get over that and start buying myself some new lumber to work with.

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hunter71

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#9 posted 909 days ago

I am next door in Afghanistan. You have a lot more to work with than I do. But I won’t change places.
Watch the pallets coming in from Africa for the best woods.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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dbhost

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#10 posted 909 days ago

First off… WOW. For 2×4s and Plywood, that is one heck of a conference table! You did a fantastic job on that…. Next off… WOW… oh heck you get the idea…

You military guys amaze me at the fantastic work y’all do with minimal tooling, and discard lumber…

And last, but certainly NOT least. Thank you so much for your service.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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NightRouter

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#11 posted 909 days ago

Thanks db. Hunter71, I’m not in iraq anymore…don’t really plan on going back ha ha. I assume you’re doing contract work over there. Let me tell you how much I appreciate the contractors. So many of you all suffer the same doo doo we suffer and you don’t get so much as a pat on the back.

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DBoltz

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#12 posted 909 days ago

Nice work. On my last deployment I got to make a target stand for our makeshift 9mm range on the flight deck of my cruiser out of some 4×4s. Hey, it was woodworking.

-- Dan, Virginia Beach

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NightRouter

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#13 posted 908 days ago

@DBoltz…I hear ya. Sometimes they’ve been able to provide me with lumber..sometimes not. We don’t have “seabees” and the Army uses contractors now so soldiers with carpentry skills are scarce. Every unit I’ve been in has eventually found out i could build stuff and put me to work. I like it. They call me “Brown the Builder” ha ha. Had one First Sergeant that would say “what can Brown do for you”(my name is Brown). I reckon that’s a good rep to have.

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