|Project by BarrelBurl||posted 06-01-2015 09:01 AM||2824 views||30 times favorited||22 comments|
My wife and I are expecting to bring home our adopted son from Tanzania in a few months. In preparing his room, I made this backlit world map for his wall to show his birth home and his new home in the context of the rest of the world, as well as act as a nightlight if needed. His birth home (Tanzania) and his new home (Houston) are highlighted in the form of pinholes that let additional light through when the map is lit. I may widen these later to draw more attention to them. I had to take some creative freedom on the more complex geography (sorry southeast Asia).
The continents are made of 1/2” birch plywood and are mounted off the back panel using dowels. I found that a gap of 3/4” between the continents and back panel gave the desired light spread. The back panel is made of pine boards edge joined with dowels and painted to match the wall color. As my vehicle couldn’t fit a full sheet of plywood, this gave me a good opportunity to practice joining long boards along their edge. The frame is pine as well, mitred and glued at the corners. All surfaces were finished with a vinegar and steel wool mixture followed by paste wax.
The lighting used are warm LEDs from the LED tape lighting system offered by Lee Valley, which I highly recommend. I added a dimmer as well. Some supplemental soldering was required. Other tools used were a dozuki, mitre box, scroll saw, drill, and ROS.