Explorer's Map

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Project by Bill Huffman posted 43 days ago 1773 views 14 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the wall directly behind my desk in my home office. Its a collection of one big and some other small projects I did a couple years ago.

The main armature houses a magnifying glass to look up different points on the map. Its supposed to stay where you put it by the counter weights, and it does for the most part, but at extremes it won’t stay and droops down.

The arm is Bubinga, and the wall mount is painted high density fiber board with Bubinga turned pulleys. Higher stress points I used Brass pulleys that I drilled out of small pulleys I bought at the local hardware store. The frame of the map is also supported by brass roller hangers on a track to move left and right so the arm can effectively reach anywhere on the map.

Below are some doo-dads I also made; a turned small globe stand, an explorers field glass, a model cannon from “Old Ironsides”, and a brass model telescope. I have a small jewelers lathe, and turned all the brass on that, and the rest is just lots of filing and polishing. No lens in the telescope, purely decorative, (everyone always asks that….)

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#1 posted 43 days ago

Steampunk … I love it!

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#2 posted 43 days ago

This has a lot of personality. Would love to have something like this on my wall!

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#3 posted 43 days ago

Welcome to LJ.


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#4 posted 43 days ago

This is outstanding. I am adding this to my “one of these days” list….when I get a lot better.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. Don't cry because it's over, smile....because for 7 glorious miles, everyone thought you were the real bus driver!

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#5 posted 43 days ago

Thanks Gentlemen.

What I should do is take a picture of the project graveyard where I toss all the ideas that never panned out.

Its full of kooky stuff that I dreamed up and did not have the where-with-all or the ingenuity to figure out the problems that come up along the way.

Still keep it all, and sometimes the project, or just one piece makes it to completion.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#6 posted 43 days ago

I love this. As a retired sailor I can really appreciate the travelers map. The magnifier is very eye catching and the craftsmanship looks superb. I can certainly see that this has been made with allot of though and love. Would love to see build steps.

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#7 posted 43 days ago

I like it! I can’t decide if you created a functional device and made it beautiful, or a beautiful device and made it functional. Either way, a conversation piece to be proud of. I imagine it will be a long time before someone walks into your office and says ‘I have one of those’-

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#8 posted 43 days ago

Thanks very much for the kind words folks.

For Jeff; I don’t really have a build blog or anything, sorry. It was a pretty quick process to figure out the arm, thats a shop light essentially, then I just figured out where the anchor points would be for the counter weight cables and made sure they did not interfere with the range of motion. The pulley’s super structure, (i never really called it that, but it sounds cool now) was a series of 1/4” cutouts of high density fiber board that I would draw on then cut with my jigsaw and glue up. Once it was done I painted it. Sure it took time and lots of design changes but I just dive in with an idea and then solve problems as I go along. Keeps it really fun that way.

I did take quite a few pictures of building my Glider so I might start a blog to show that build.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#9 posted 42 days ago

All interesting and so very well done too.

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#10 posted 42 days ago

another set of beautifully crafted “objects”.
With your penchant for moving parts you might be interested in a kinetic gallery/theatre in my hometown Glasgow.
Or you could google “The Millennium Clock Tower” which is housed in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#11 posted 42 days ago

Wonderfully crafted, Bill! The paint job on the wall mount gives it an antique feel. Thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 42 days ago

Takes me back and forward all at the same time. I’m sure there was one of these on the Nautilus. Jules Verne would be proud to have it.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#13 posted 42 days ago

A Wonderful cause… ...for
A Wonderment pause…

Very well executed and Thanks for sharing.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#14 posted 42 days ago

Handsome AND educational! Is this a map of places that you have traveled to? I love the display and your work.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#15 posted 42 days ago

Amazing skill set you have there, thanks for sharing

your fine craftsmanship!

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