War Zone Desk

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Project by SplinterProneNewbie posted 10-11-2018 01:26 PM 1176 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently deployed to Iraq. During my free time, it was too hot to read and I hated sitting around in my rack as there wasn’t much else to do. Talking to the Chair Force guys in the next compound, found out they had tools. Not many, but enough to do some rough stuff. Pretty much just a level, a circ saw and a drill.

So, this is one of a few projects that kept my out of boredom during my free time.

I happened upon a really nice sheet of sturdy 4×8 plywood that was the key to this desktop. The hutch was a rush job, but served its purpose. It was out of necessity, as many of the plastic desks we were given were falling apart.

Note – I know these are rough and tumble, but they were sturdy and made from wood I found in trash piles and screws and nails I got from pallets and fireplaces!

-- -Live Long and Prosper

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#1 posted 10-11-2018 01:47 PM

now thats makin it work with what ya got,nice job and thanks for your service.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 10-11-2018 02:22 PM

We appreciate you being out there for us, first and foremost!

Making something, out of nothing (truly), is a special talent…the rest of us probably have more tools, materials, etc, etc, than we know what to do with…Awesome!

Finish strong!

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#3 posted 10-11-2018 03:30 PM

first thank you
second nice desk out of not many tools GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 10-11-2018 07:39 PM


I’m a Viet Nam combat vet who’s been woodworking now for almost 3o+ years….In front of my hooch there was a small sign someone put up which said. “We have done so little for so long, we can now do anything with nothing”....This applies to what you built with little or hardly anything to work with….I thank you for your service…Be safe, and keep your head down….!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#5 posted 10-11-2018 09:34 PM

Thank you for your service!

And resourceful builds are awesome, you’re bushcrafting Iraq style!

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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#6 posted 10-11-2018 10:21 PM

Now here is a true woodworker. Away from Home and still building. A great build working with so little.

Thank you so much for your service. I did mine in Viet Nam.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 10-12-2018 01:24 AM

Good improvisation. Thank you for your service.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 10-12-2018 02:05 AM

This belongs in the top 3 for sure.
Welcome to LJs!

When I was in the Navy I had an idea (never acted upon) to get a coffee roaster to “sponsor” us – send us free coffee grounds in exchange for good marketing. Maybe you could get home depot to sponsor your unit? It would make amazing advertising for them…

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#9 posted 10-12-2018 03:14 AM

This is pretty awesome.

-- Scott, Southern Illinois

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#10 posted 10-12-2018 09:58 AM

Make do with what you have. Thank you for your service.

-- Petey

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#11 posted 10-12-2018 01:25 PM

Nice job on that, good use of what you can gather up. Thank you for your service.

-- If I'm not in the shop, I'm someplace else. Joel, Lumberjock #30,000

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#12 posted 10-12-2018 01:38 PM

That is a nice job on that desk…Yankee ingenuity!!!!!!!!

Stay safe!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 10-12-2018 04:14 PM

Thank you for your service, and stay safe.

Heck it even looks like a table all the way back here, so you got that part down. Doesn’t look like it’s gonna fall apart anytime soon. Starting to look more like fine furniture all the time.

Thanks for posting, and Congrats on your 3. It was likely given for a lot of reasons, but I choose to think it’s for reusable resources being reused by the best resources America has.

Did I say stay safe….

-- Think safe, be safe

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