Personalized presents are the best presents. Unfortunately, you may not always be able to target someone’s particular personality or interests. However, you can always honor their geographical roots with a geo box. This concept of geo boxes arose when I wanted to make a special present for a Hungarian woodworker friend. I had been making bandsaw boxes at the time and figured Frank might appreciate a box of his native country. However, I soon realized that my bandsaw blades just weren’t capable of finessing the detail of Hungary’s borders. (If only he hailed from Colorado.) No problem; the box was small enough that I could cut its neatly detailed profile on my scrollsaw. I augmented the lid by insetting a star for Budapest and painting in a knifed Danube river. When I presented the box to Frank, he happily recognized his mother country. Here, I’ll provide the road map for you to send a bit of treasured wood for a ride across the scrollsaw and bandsaw into someone’s birthplace, adopted home, or other wellloved land. Bon voyage!
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