Introduction: Wood State Maps

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Step 1: Start With a Real Map

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I started with a laminated map. Then cut out state shape.

Step 2: Cutting the Board

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First you measure the map at the widest part. You have to pick out the with of board you want. I used 1x6 and 1x10. Then you know on map where to measure.

Step 3: Stencil the Map

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Once you lay out the boards in the order you cut them lay your map on them and draw the shape of the map onto your boards.

Step 4: Cutting the Shape

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Then you take the jigsaw out and start cutting the shape. I use a 10 teeth per inch reverse cut blade. Here's what I learned after the first one. It's easier to cut the bigger parts off , then cut out to the lines. I then used a random orbit sander to sand it down. I started with a 60 grit on the sides that I cut. Then a120 grit.

Step 5: Stain

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You pick out your stain color. I went with a darker one.

Step 6: Hangers

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I measured down 1 1/4 inches from top center. Then placed d rings down 3 inches. I split the difference from center to the edge. And used a braided wire from the d rings.
And that's all there is to it. It's simple and easy. Give it a try. You can see other things I make at Todd's S. O. D. Woodworking on Facebook


De Curtis made it! (author)2016-04-13

I make a Buenos Aires with wooden pallet

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wpnman99 (author)2015-11-15

I wish I could do that but I live in Colorado...

felix_hancock (author)wpnman992015-11-23

yeah its not that impressive when a sheet of plywood looks like your state

Thor Hunter (author)2015-10-25

Mn was a fun 1 to make.

rachl009 (author)2015-10-24

looks cool! yay minnesota!

Thor Hunter (author)2015-10-24

Not a problem

ClenseYourPallet (author)2015-10-24

Great project. So simple... Why didn't I think of that. Thanks for sharing

Thor Hunter (author)2015-10-22

Yes. Measure up from the bottom of the board to the top of the cable and add 3/4 inch. And so on. That will give you a 3/4 gap between the pieces

mlawing (author)2015-10-22

Cool project. Are you hanging each of the boards independently?

Thor Hunter (author)2015-10-22

Yes it's simple and easy to do. Great for your friends and family that move out of state.

Kymi 57 (author)2015-10-22

I like!

seamster (author)2015-10-22

I like this idea, it's simple but classy. Very nice!

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Bio: I love playing in the woodshop, I'm a bee keeper.
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