Geocaching Trackable

As a Casual Geocacher, I’ve always wanted to find a trackable item. I just like the idea of something being moved around the globe, or even towards a specific destination, by total strangers, all while being hidden in ordinary locations. Alas, most of my finds were micros, so I scanned the map for a cache likely to hold a trackable. I noticed one with “travel bug” in the name and biked across town to find it. It was a clever hide and big enough that there were lots of things inside.  And there I found… only one trackable. And it was pretty boring. 

    

 I took it anyway and resolved not to release it until I had spiffed it up a little. 

The token was just a block of wood, and I learned by looking at the log page that it had been replaced once already. Despite this, it had logged a lot of miles since 2010 and deserved better than just some sloppy Sharpie. 

I sanded most of it off. I tried to leave a little behind as a watermark, but I’m pretty sure it all got scrubbed in the process. 

Next, the edges got burned using a flat piece of iron and a blowtorch. Looks cool and prevents splintering. 

    

I thought about what kind of design to put on it. I wanted it to look sort of like money, with the reference codes, but also some good graphics. I used the creators original logo in the center. 

Then I surrounded it with some graphics related to geocaching and the trackable’s origin state, Michigan. 

The back featured the name and other code used to look it up. 

I felt a little guilty holding onto it for so long, but I had to schedule some time with the laser cutter at my local Makerspace. 

        

 

The engraving was about a millimeter deep, but I wanted the details to pop, so I rubbed black wax into the details and scraped away the excess. 

It was looking good after a high-grit sanding and some stain. 

        

A little acrylic sealer and it was ready to be on its way!

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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