World Map Out of Wood

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Introduction: World Map Out of Wood

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The other day in the store i saw a rather expensive world map made out of wood. This got me thinking i could do this myself. In this instructable i'll try to explain how i made it and maybe help you make one to.

Step 1: Gather Materials

First you need to gather a few materials. The following list contains everything is used:

- 2 pieces of 200x650x32mm pine

- 1 piece of 2700x50x32mm pine

- scrap bits of metal

- small wood screws, any will do

- paint (and brushes)

- wood router

- cordless drill

- mitter saw

- basic handtools

Step 2: Find Your Map

Google a bit and find a map you would like to use. I then imported the file into GIMP (free image editor) and made it a little bit more printer friendly. Then i exported the file as .pdf an printed it on A3 sized paper.

Step 3: Transfer the Map to the Wood

Place the map on the wood, trace it with a pen (or something like that). Remove the paper and then use your pen to draw the map over the lines you just made.

Step 4: Making the Frame

Using the 2700x50x32mm piece of wood i bought, i made a frame around the map. I used wood dowels to connect and align the pieces, a bit of power fix made sure it wasn't going anywhere.

Step 5: Grab Your Wood Router

It's now time to grab your wood router. I decided to put a frame around the map and brightened it up with some beautiful curves. Then i used another router bit to make the map look a little bit 3d.

Step 6: Putting It Al Together

Using the scrap bits of metal and a cordless drill i connected the two pieces of the map together. Using even more parts of scrap metal i connected the map to the frame.

Step 7: Finish

I used blue acrylic paint to color in the sea, in hindsight i think the result was better without the blue paint. If you like the video and this instructable, please give it a thumbs up :)

Step 8: Change of Heart (and Paint)

I was really not liking the blue color i put on it. After some digging in my shed i found a color called 'inflatable blue'. I decided to paint it again using this color. Really, really pleased with the result.

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    Great idea! Though i think it would need a more detailed map ;)