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  1. Hi, new to the forum. Thought it would be fun to share some pictures of a woodshop available to the troops here in Djibouti, Africa. They call it the Self Help Shop, and it's really intended for the CB's but they are kind enough to open it up for the rest of us. Panorama of one main work space, pretty standard bench tools; scroll saw, sander, drill press, chop saw. They also have a Makita planer in there which is hard to tell, but it's on a plywood bench right in front. They did a nice job integrating the chop saw into this bench. They had a guy hurt himself on the table saw a while back so they justified the SawStop. It's the first time I've used one. As I get my own home shop tailored out I'd love to be able to get one of these, especially with my ambitions of teaching. More details about my deployment and my business venture, Charitable Woodworking, can be found at www.charitablewoodworking.org. Cheers! -Matt
  2. I acknowledge a fine line between providing good information and over-pitching my own endeavor, but I'm not ashamed to say I would very much like for my business to get established, and I make the best woodworking plans I've ever seen so hopefully I'm hooking you up. I combine my professional life as an engineer with my life long hobby of woodworking to use professional grade CAD programs to generate plans. No fluff, just straight up dimensions, drawings and instructions so you're not left guessing in the shop. Free? Yeah, I have to, right? In order to show you how good they are you need a free one. So, nothing to lose, check out: Charitable Woodworking to download your free plan, and please consider supporting my business. Why "Charitable" you ask. Because man, if we all helped our neighbor we just might fall in love with living. Build two, give one away. It'll come back to you. I promise. Cheers, Matt
  3. I want to share a project and finishing technique the CBs (Construction Battalion) use to build commemorative plaques for the troops departing their command here at Camp Lemonnier, Africa. They have a template of the African continent and use a scroll saw to cut the outline. All we get out here is pine so they try to dress it up by touching it with a propane torch. It adds a nice rustic touch. But the lettering!? This is the first time I was introduced to LiquiTex. Here's the snapshot: Print whatever you want on a piece of paper as a mirror image and cut away as much of the paper as you can. Coat the location on the wood where the lettering will go with the LiquiTex. Place the paper ink side down. Use a roller to get all the bubbles out. Let it dry (overnight) then use water and light pressure to wash away the paper. The option remains to finish it with varnish or shellac. This also works with full color pictures and pretty much whatever else you can print. The higher the quality of the printer, the better the results. It's not uncommon to bed a coin into the plaque as well, especially at the "Horn". Cheers, Matt
  4. Hi all, thanks for the warm welcome to the forum. I'll be following along from Djibouti, Africa for the next year or so in my down time while deployed. We have a shop on Camp so I'm looking forward to my time in the shop. One other side gig I'm working on while deployed is getting my business, Charitable Woodworking, off the ground. For any woodworking entrepreneurs out there I'd appreciate any feedback. My website is www.charitablewoodworking.com where you'll also find a blog about my life on Camp Lemonnier. I wrote an article about the shop here in Djibouti which looks like it'll be a good add to your "Show us your shop" forum. My blog post about the shop can be found here. Cheers, Matt
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