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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 07-09-2020 06:28 PM 588 views 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sweetie and I have a map of all the road trips we’ve taken over the years. Until recently, I just had the map mounted on the wall with blu-tack, but about every six to eight months it would fall down and I would have to put it up again. I finally got to the point that I decided I needed to frame it.

I had a 65” long ash 2×2, so I started by ripping it into four pieces, each 3/8” x 2” x 65” long. I’ve ripped ash by hand before, and it wasn’t much fun, so I used my 5-1/4” circular saw to do the work. The blade had just enough reach to cut through the 2” thick ash.

The map is 40” x 60”, so I figured I was okay, even though the piece of ash had a knot on one end that was going to cost me an inch or two of length (more on this later).

I also got a ten-pack of 30”x40” foam core sheets, 1/4” thick. I mounted the map to two of them using glue-dots. Not ideal, but I had them on hand.

Next up was building a sticking board (photo 2) so I could put profiles in the boards. Once that was built, I put a 1/4” wide rabbet about 1/8” deep on the back of each of the boards (photo 3).

Then I flipped the boards over and started cutting beads. First a 3/8” bead which was partly off the edge of the board, then three 3/16” beads indexing off that. I used the Veritas Combination Plane for all of this (picture 4).

With the beads done, I got out a 1/2” hollow moulding plane and used a block plane and then the hollow to round off the last 3/8” or so of the board with a 1/2” radius. That’s photo 5.

Next up was finishing. I used two coats of super-blonde shellac to seal things up, a coat of garnet shellac for color, and then three coats of super-blonde shellac to even out the garnet and build a nice finish. Photo 6.

Finally, I cut miters on the ends. I realized that the longer pieces weren’t going to be long enough as-is, so I changed the rabbet on the back from 1/4” to 1/2”, and then I had enough to frame the map. A couple glue-ups later (including some pieces to reinforce where the seam between the pieces of foam core is, plus reinforcements to give me enough thickness for the hangers on the left and right, all of which help hold the map in place) and the map is ready to hang on the wall.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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splintergroup

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#1 posted 07-09-2020 06:59 PM

That is a lot of work Dave! Results look great though and the map is an excellent idea 8^)

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#2 posted 07-09-2020 07:01 PM

Awesome, I have been wanting to do this myself for the wife and my adventures.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 07-09-2020 07:26 PM

Thanks, splint. Yeah, it was a lot of work, but when you figure what a pro would charge to custom frame a 40×60 print, it doesn’t seem too bad.

Neil, it’s this map if you’re interested in getting one.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 07-09-2020 07:37 PM

Came out looking great Dave!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 07-09-2020 09:01 PM

Thanks, Kenny! My sweetie says it looks good enough to hang on the wall, so that’s good enough for me. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 07-09-2020 09:23 PM

Great job Dave! Did you have to use that sledge to coax the corners together???

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 07-09-2020 10:29 PM

30 inch bench with about a foot of crap on the back of it, and a 40 inch frame. The sledge was keeping it from tipping onto the floor. Even with the vise wound out to the end of the screws, it wasn’t supporting things enough.

I used a Veritas shooting board and a Jack plane to miter the corners. They fit pretty dang well.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Oldtool

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#8 posted 07-09-2020 10:46 PM

Super Dave, great work because:
I’ve ripped ash by hand before, and it wasn’t much fun, so I used my 5-1/4” circular saw to do the work. ”
and:

”I got out a 1/2” hollow moulding plane and used a block plane and then the hollow to round off the last 3/8” or so of the board with a 1/2” radius.”
and:
”I realized that the longer pieces weren’t going to be long enough as-is, so I changed the rabbet on the back from 1/4” to 1/2”,”
These are the things a really good woodworker will do to get’er dun. I especially like the last item, using the deeper rabbet to streach the boards.
Two thumbs up on this.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 07-09-2020 11:08 PM

Thanks, Tom. I must not have unpacked the box that has my board-stretcher in it, so I did what I had to. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 07-10-2020 01:18 AM

Personally I would have sanded those decking grooves smooth before applying finish.

Still… Love the thought of keeping a picture of your property.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 07-10-2020 03:12 AM

Nice job Dave.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#12 posted 07-10-2020 04:10 AM

That’s the ticket Dave. Frame it out and hang it up for good. I’d have to say that’s a large frame.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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robscastle

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#13 posted 07-10-2020 10:29 AM

That’s very well done Dave
Great presentation and descriptions.

A couple of questions if I may
1. was that 2 up 2 wheels or,
2. 1 up four wheels,
3. and where are the pictures of your machine please.

I like your profile even if LBD tends to get his web foot caught in the grooves!

-- Regards Rob

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recycle1943

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#14 posted 07-10-2020 10:57 AM

I have nothing but hand clapping til blisters occur for anybody that rips a 2” x 60” board with hand circular saw, that’s talent.
I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around not using a table saw to rip but the end result is what counts.
Great job -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#15 posted 07-10-2020 11:59 AM

What a good idea and you did a great job.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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