Lake map

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Project by DickB posted 01-20-2012 04:48 PM 2236 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a carved lake map of the Whitefish Chain of lakes in northern Minnesota. I use a public database supplied by the Minnesota DNR (Department of Natural Resources) to get depth contour information for the lakes, then convert that to a format usable by my CNC router. This one is in a room with a hall entrance, and the side is prominent as you enter the room. So, I added some interest to the edge of the frame, which you see first upon entering.

-- Dick,

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#1 posted 01-20-2012 05:29 PM

very cool map,amazing what you can do with CNCs.

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#2 posted 01-20-2012 06:07 PM

Ohh… love it!!!!!

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 01:18 AM

I cant wait to get my hands on a CNC! Very cool idea!

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#4 posted 01-21-2012 07:17 AM

What a great idea.

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#5 posted 01-21-2012 05:10 PM

Thanks! I had seen similar maps made of layers of thin stock cut by a laser, which inspired me to try this. The laser-cut maps have discrete, stair-step style, whereas the carved maps can have smooth contours like mine.

BTW this one is about 48” wide and 24” tall. As the machine is limited to about 14” wide boards, the map is carved in two boards that are subsequently edge-glued together.

-- Dick,

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#6 posted 08-29-2012 05:33 PM

wow, talk about a small world. I have been on the whitefish lakes a number of times as a kid. you are practicly next door to me. hah. well, if you count the walker/park rapids area as “nextdoor”

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