Hole World Map Part:1




While on reddit i stumbled upon this great idea http://www.reddit.com/r/DIY/comments/29fhna/abstract_world_map_wall_art_project/ . So I thought I would try my own take on this.

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Step 1: Tools and Materials

For this Instructable, you're going to need a few things.


  • Drill bits (1/2, 3/8, 5/16, 1/4, 5/64) or Spade bits
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Files
  • Sandpaper (various grit)


  • Plywood (3/4 pine, 32x21) (custom cut at homedepot)
  • Painters tape
  • Map printout

Step 2: Map Printout

Firstly determine how big you want the map to be by spacing blank sheets of paper. I wanted mine to be about 4x2 pages in portrait, which translated to 31x21inch plywood. Next choose your map of choice. This is the map i used (http://www.vectorworldmap.com/vectormaps/vector-world-map-v2.2-blank.gif). To get the map to fit on multiple pages follow the instructions from this site (http://scottiestech.info/2009/08/08/how-to-easily-print-a-large-image-to-multiple-pages-in-windows/). Trim the edges for a tighter fit.

Step 3: Preperation

To keep the pages from moving tape the pages in place evenly. Mask the map with painters tape, and try to tape as little overlap as possible.

Outline the continents with a marker.

Step 4: Drilling

Have a panel behind the map to reduce the amount of split wood.

All land will be drilled out, and oceans, rivers, lakes etc will be left alone. The pattern i used is an accurate drilling of an outline (using a 5/64 drill bit), for the rest of the land mass i drilled different sized holes randomly.

Drill the marked outline, making sure to leave some space between the holes. Once complete remove the tape and the page.

To drill the inside of the continent start with the largest sized drill bit and make your way down the the smallest. Space the holes as you wish.

Step 5: De-splintering

File off all the splinters.

To be continued in part 2 soon.

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    6 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Ooo such an interesting concept...nice to see the 'hole' world in a different way :9.
    It'd be a cool alternate interpretation if you could make this with holes drilled only for places you've been


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is a pretty neat idea!

    Will you be adding some steps to go over any of the final finishing you did on this? I'm curious to see how you do that, as well as how you hang this up. Nice work!

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction


    I will be adding steps, like finishing and framing, hopefully soon. And I am planning to do like a floating wall mount.