Storage in the war zone

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Project by TexasDawg posted 08-05-2009 07:22 AM 2580 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Word got out around the office and several people asked me for some storage solutions for their rooms as well. I have to design/create shelving based on what scraps I can find, but here are a few I put together for people at the office. The last picture shows how these things have been put to use. I have determined that just building something takes my mind off of whatever is going on, like the dud landmine I stepped on the other day or the incoming rockets we had yesterday. There are a few items around the office that need to be a little more useful, so I will work on those next.

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

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#1 posted 08-05-2009 07:28 AM

Looking good!!

I will be very happy to give you any pointers or info if you wish. It’s the least I can do for one who is in the thick of things.

Keep up your spirits and great work!!!!!


-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 08-05-2009 07:47 AM

First off thank you for serving your country and letting me enjoy the freedom you preserve. My son is in the Navy so I can appreciate your situation. A BIG thank you again.

Considering where you are, you are doing a bang up job with what you can scronge up. Reminds me of my college days when I build shelves for my classmates from apple boxes (when they were wood) and old crates. Hope this site keeps you spirits up and god bless.

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#3 posted 08-05-2009 11:19 AM

In the Army during my time and times before me there have been those individuals who do what they can with what they got.

The American Soldier is inventive and not some media hyped robotic machine.

Stay safe. Just remember, walk with the faith that if it is your time it simply is.

Just keep your head down, stay alert, and watch out for officers.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#4 posted 08-05-2009 01:44 PM

I know what you’re going through, when word gets out about woodworking skills over there. During all three tours word got out and I found myself building something new everyday after patrols. It’s the little things that people appreciate, like a small desk for the 13” TV that 20 guys gather around to watch a movie.

I know what it is like over there, having been to Iraq 3 times. If you need anything just hit me up.
Keep up the good work, and watch your A$$.

-- As my wife says... "measure once, cut twice, got it"

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#5 posted 08-05-2009 02:25 PM

Texasdawg thanks for your service and sacrifice. You are doing such a great job. I know what you mean when you say building something takes your mind off things. I am retired AF and during my time I had to spend a year on top of a mountain in Turkey with only 25 other guys for company. I built my first computer with mail order parts and constructed a wooden case to hold it. Doing that helped with my sanity.

MariineGrunt had a good idea. Is there anything you need and we can send you? LJ has a bunch of good and generous folks and I bet we could put together a CARE package of handtools and other things if you need them.

Thanks again,

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#6 posted 08-05-2009 03:51 PM

Thanks for your service to your country . I’m over joyed in the fact that the land mine was a dud. Thanks for sharing all your storage projects our thoughts and prayers are with you.


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#7 posted 08-05-2009 05:01 PM

I am proud to have passed the tourch of freedom and duty onto men and women suh as yourself and my son….I KNOW we are all still safe!

Adapt, overcome, improvise….you have done just that.

Keep your ears open and your a$$ down.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#8 posted 08-05-2009 05:30 PM

I have a few tools here, but the bigger problem is having storage room for anything in the office here. I work in a stack of old shipping containers with no running water and several port-o-potties outside for bathrooms. I have been asked to do some charity work for some of the day care sites here in Kabul, so if anyone has some old chisels or carving tools laying around that they don’t use, we will put them to good use here. My address:

Steven Deputy
APO, AE 09356

Thanks for all the support – I am glad one of the guys from my woodworking club (North Texas Woodworkers Association) back home sent me the info for this site. I got your back.


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

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#9 posted 08-05-2009 07:21 PM


You make due with what you have available. Stay Safe!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#10 posted 08-05-2009 08:42 PM

Let us know what you need and I will be happy to join forces with the other LJ’s and send what I can. I have a UPS store right around the corner from my office.

From an old used up 11B2V…keep your head on a swivel Bro’!

-- Patrick - Katy, Texas

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#11 posted 08-05-2009 11:59 PM

Nice work!

And thank you for your service to our country.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#12 posted 08-06-2009 12:57 AM

Let me add my thanks for what you are doing to protect this country. i have some CHIP CHATS magazines that have articles and patterns in them. Would you like me to send them to you? If so what address do I send them to?

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#13 posted 08-06-2009 11:05 AM

Hey Steven
Its me Adam from the NTWA, glad you followed the link I sent you. This is the best site around, My wife calls it my new porn site cause I check it everyday several times. Just to see whats new. This is a great group, very knowlegable and open to spread their knowledge, all you need do is ask.

Formerly of the 834th Security Police Squadron
Hurlburt Field Florida

-- Measure three times, cut twice.

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#14 posted 08-07-2009 06:17 PM

I’ve got family serving there too, do keep safe. I’m going to try to put a package together for you, besides chisels, what else do you need?

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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#15 posted 08-09-2009 07:49 PM

rustedknuckles -

The furniture here is some of the cheapest crap I have ever seen. The drawers on our desks have one screw in each corner, so the back of the drawer rotates up and drops stuff out the back of the drawer. All of the chairs and desks are held together with screws that require Allen Wrenches to turn, so a set of Allen Wrenches would help the screws tight.

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

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