MY Afghanistan work shop

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Project by David posted 01-30-2011 06:35 PM 4655 views 2 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys, so I have now been here in Afghanistan for about 3 months. I was tasked (because of my construction history and because someone showed my boss my page here on LJ) with the position of Brigade R&U (repair and upgrade). so they gave me very little tools, and really no place to work, so this is what we did. we started with a container and a screened porch or sorts. we closed in the porch, added an 8×8 and an 12×12 addition so we would have a place to secure tools and projects.

As part of our duties we are charged with remodeling/fixing of living quarters and office areas; building furniture; and new construction projects.

the last pic is the view from my shop.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 06:52 PM

Looks great from here but it seems to be missing a couple things. a dust collector :) and a roof mounted .50 cal! Stay safe over there, thank you for your service and have a safe trip home.


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#2 posted 01-30-2011 06:57 PM

Good job while having to improvise and use what was available. Stay Safe!

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 06:58 PM

What is that old saying? We have been asked to do so much with so little for so long, that they now think we should be able to make anything out of nothing. Not saying it is true, but I want to thank you and all the servicepeople for your service. And as I see that your primary purpose is to advance the combat readiness
of 101st Airborne Division, I am sure that all of your work is greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing and
I will be saying a few prayers for your safe return.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 01-30-2011 07:05 PM

Thanks for sharing and thanks for your service. Stay safe

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#5 posted 01-30-2011 07:14 PM

Wishing you well and a quick return home to your family
Keep your head down!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Ben Miller

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#6 posted 01-30-2011 07:24 PM

Thanks for sharing and for your service!

—Ben (USMC Ret.)

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#7 posted 01-30-2011 07:28 PM

Kudos to you, sir. I’ve shipped books to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of Operation Paperback. Is there anything like that for woodworkers to donate equipment? Or would the shipping be too costly?

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#8 posted 01-30-2011 07:28 PM

Thank you for your service.

Thank you for sharing, stay safe.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#9 posted 01-30-2011 07:34 PM

First, I want to thank you for serving our country. We are endebted to you and those that serve with you. Second, the mountains in the background are stunning. We don’t have those kinds of mountains in Ohio.
Finally, it looks like you are doing well with what you have been given. I’m sure that many will be blessed because of your talent. Thank you for sharing.

-- Doug

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#10 posted 01-30-2011 07:44 PM

Thank you for your service!
What a great engineering experience. Scrounged space, materials and tools – COOL! Watch each others back, reach out to community and kick some insurgent butt!, all while staying safe.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#11 posted 01-30-2011 07:47 PM

Flexibility and Improvisation; a couple keys to surviving. This is displayed in what you have done so far.

Thanks for serving and thanks for sharing.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 01-30-2011 09:04 PM

Home is where the shop is! Stay safe and thanks for serving!

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

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#13 posted 01-30-2011 09:18 PM

Improvising on the fly has away been part of military service and no one dose it better than the USA. Thanks for all that you do, stay safe …BC

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#14 posted 01-30-2011 09:21 PM

Looks great from were I’m sittin!!
also Looks like you got a nice Mountain view
Stay safe, your son needs a Dad to teach him how to be a LJ

-- Doug...

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#15 posted 01-30-2011 09:29 PM

Necessity is always the mother of invention. War zones especially. It goes to show that woodworking is always serious business along with being one of the finest hobbies in the world (IMHO). You should be doubly thanked….for service to country…and for service to brother soldier…..I am sure lots of your brothers in arms are thanking you for your work in making their jobs a bit more easier to do….keep up the great work…and come home safely.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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