Wooden World Map




Hello, welcome to my first insructable. I made a wooden world map, if you want to do it too, just follow some simple steps.

Step 1: Printing and Measuring

First you need to print a world map. I printed it in a4 format, and then I copied it to a3 format. You can draw the lines to make dots easier to draw. I did it for 0,5 cm.

Step 2: Drawing Dots

Make the dots only there were the land is. In islands it is harder to do, because they're smaller and sometimes very close to the mainland.

Step 3: Wood

Now you should get the wooden board. It should be a bit bigger than the map border, for me it is 42x24, and thick enough to drill in it (about 1,2 cm).

Step 4: Preparing to Drill

Now put some glue in the corners of the pile, and glue map to it. Then make small holes in the paper and in the board with something sharp e.g. knife.

Step 5: Preparing to Drill

Get the paper off, and clean the corners where the glue is.

Step 6: Drilling

Now you have to drill all the signs you made.

Step 7: Polishing

Now take the knife or sandpaper and polish the wood.

Step 8: Painting the Wood

Get the lacquer and simply paint the board.

Step 9: It's Ready!

It's ready, now you can sign places where I've been or where you want to go, by putting in the holes something like plasticine.

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    7 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Golf tees might be the right size to work as markers?

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    I really like this. Especially because it did not use a CNC. The classic grid scaling technique is an easy way to draw something bigger. If you you draw the holes smaller (maybe alot more of them) you could use thumb tacks to mark the locations you've been. Or just put cork behind the board.

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