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Project by noahhl posted 04-17-2016 03:45 PM 2461 views 16 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not sure what originally triggered the idea, but I decided a few months ago that a large wooden map would fill up the wall in my living room nicely. The end product is about 7 feet wide and 4 feet tall for the continental US, and sticks out from the wall about 3-1/2”.

It was a ton of work, but also a lot of fun, and I’m pretty happy with the end result.

In total, I used fifteen species of wood: oak (red & white), birch, ash, poplar, walnut, maple, butternut, cherry, cedar, mahogany (African and Honduran), pine, and two mystery woods I can’t identify. I wrote up more about the process of making the map here.





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BB1

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#1 posted 04-17-2016 04:01 PM

Wow…this is great. Love the various types of wood.

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Andy

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#2 posted 04-17-2016 05:58 PM

You know what, you know what wow. You made the mountain chains, never seen that before. Very impressive piece.

-- Andy Smith https://www.etsy.com/shop/woodtooling/

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#3 posted 04-17-2016 07:54 PM

That is a beautiful map. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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Hawaiilad

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#4 posted 04-17-2016 08:54 PM

I really like what you built. Any one should be proud to have that hanging on a wall in their home. I like the choice of woods since they look like mountain ranges in places. I should send you a map of Hawaii…there are 7 main Islands not connected.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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noahhl

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#5 posted 04-17-2016 09:26 PM

Larry, you caught me. I decided it would be too hard to get the placement of the islands correct, so I let them hang out on top of a base layer. In the continental US and Alaska, I didn’t include any islands (no Manhattan, for example).

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Hawaiilad

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#6 posted 04-17-2016 10:12 PM

OK, I can live with that. In the first pictures I couldn’t see the detail. I know what you mean, I have cut them out before and hanging on the wall becomes a pain….good save!

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Paul Lajoie

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#7 posted 04-17-2016 11:27 PM

Nice job! It’s a little hard to tell from the picture, how did you get the look of the mountains in the states that have them? Carve them in? Thanks for sharing.

Paul

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Darren

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#8 posted 04-18-2016 04:11 AM

That’s a nice little project, well done.

-- Darren, KCMO, http://www.popsshop.us

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#9 posted 04-18-2016 09:58 AM

Realy nice,challenging project. My country is only one state so it’s not project for me to make.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 04-18-2016 11:26 AM

Awesome work! Thanks for the write-up.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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Notw

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#11 posted 04-18-2016 01:45 PM

wow, that is amazing!

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#12 posted 04-18-2016 01:56 PM

WOW! What a lot of exacting work. But, the result is stupendous. It’s just beautiful. Great job!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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DocHamm

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#13 posted 04-19-2016 04:51 PM

Really nice job. Impressive. Makes me want to make a similar one, although smaller and with islands. Thanks for sharing!

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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Will Merrit

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#14 posted 04-21-2016 01:34 PM

You know something that would make this type of project really really cool. If you know your way around mapping software you could create a scene around a river. The river would be made using this procedure called Lichtenberg see it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuG1oNRQnyI . Then design your mountain and such around it, you could use a existing mountain range and in QGIS clip the range so that your burnt area sits inside it. Just a idea…If I could just get my head around how to make a good CNC…

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