Presents, made in USA

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Project by stevematis posted 08-23-2009 05:16 AM 2298 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Soon, I will be going back to visit my native country Hungary for vacation, and I will be seeing some of my family and friends. What presents can I bring them from here? Since most of the “presents” that you can buy in the states are actually not made here, I thought it would be a good idea to actually construct all of my “presents” right here in my humid garage in Humble, Texas. Spending most of my free time after work and on the weekend, I built everything shown with no more help than a running fan and some NPR on the radio.

This was done with nothing but love for my friends and woodworking.


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#1 posted 08-23-2009 05:25 AM

Hey Steve I can’t think of a better gift than something you made with your own two hands.


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#2 posted 08-23-2009 05:33 AM

great work,
and great gifts !

and have a good vacation / visit !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 08-23-2009 06:06 AM

Great job those on those nice looking gifts. I love those boxes.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#4 posted 08-23-2009 01:00 PM

what a wonderful idea and the items are beautiful!

jó munka

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 08-23-2009 01:28 PM

How thoughtful! Everyone will have a story about where their particular gift came from.
I find that if I make it and give it away, my recipients hold the gift in higher esteem than some bought junk!
Oh, and the wood projects are just beautiful!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 08-23-2009 01:29 PM

That is a great idea, they’ll love it.

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#7 posted 08-23-2009 01:46 PM

Amazing eye for design. Your family and friends will cherish these gifts.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#8 posted 08-23-2009 03:15 PM

Humble Texas always cracks me up. I am sure these will be a big hit. Good Job. Interesting designs. Is the end grained sliced Z candle holder reinforced somehow?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 08-23-2009 03:45 PM

What a lovely bunch of gifts, your friends and family will love them more than anything bought.

But the greater gift is for you, it is the joy of seeing your family and the looks on their faces when they see what wonderful gifts you have made for them.

Enjoy your trip!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#10 posted 08-23-2009 09:24 PM

Wow! These really are quite lovely! I love how the grain of the woods show. Each piece is unique and precious. I’m sure they will all enjoy a handmade gift AND made in the USA! (vs. one from a non-USA origin.) Some very creative and useful ideas here.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 08-23-2009 10:41 PM

And every one is differernt… nice to see.

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#12 posted 08-23-2009 11:33 PM

Got me thinking of christmas gifts for my family

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#13 posted 08-23-2009 11:36 PM

Definitely some great Xmas ideas in there!

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