Lake map

  • Advertise with us
Project by DickB posted 01-20-2012 04:48 PM 1754 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,

6 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


113725 posts in 2612 days

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

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

-- Custom furniture

View Alexander Valle-Albert's profile

Alexander Valle-Albert

147 posts in 2453 days

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

Ohh… love it!!!!!

View dakremer's profile


2557 posts in 2126 days

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

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

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

View jcwalleye's profile


301 posts in 2108 days

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

What a great idea.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

View DickB's profile


65 posts in 1354 days

#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,

View Von's profile


206 posts in 1248 days

#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”

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics