Framed Map... sort of

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Project by Muzhik posted 04-04-2012 01:18 AM 1532 views 7 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a quick and dirty “scrap wood” project I put together as a thank you gift for the instructors at the 3-month military training class I’m finishing up. They’re prepping us for assignments throughout the world. There’s foam core behind the map, and color-coded map tacks (different color for each branch of service) that we’ll all stab into it to show where we’re going.

Sadly, this is the last bit of “real” woodworking I’ll do until I’m reunited with my tools in 2014 – unless I extend where I’m going or take another assignment away from the states, that is.

The frame is walnut with curly maple inlay/stringing & splines and purpleheart keystone blocks. The background/mat board is koa-veneered baltic birch ply. I got some cheap brass corner protectors, bent them flat, stripped off the lacquer and did a quick patina on them with salt water and ammonia fumes. Bought the map (actually a vinyl wall decal) from

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#1 posted 04-04-2012 02:14 AM

Beautifully designed and executed project! The instructors and students will enjoy viewing the assignments not to mention on such a beautiful map.

Best of luck and a safe journey away from home and a safe return.

-- "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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#2 posted 04-04-2012 02:28 PM

I love it!! Would like to have that hanging in my house. Where can I get a map like that? Great build and be safe where ever they send you. O, and maybe you should get one of those folding carving knives so you can at least do some kind of wood working while your away from your “babies”. LOL just a thought

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#3 posted 04-04-2012 10:46 PM

That would look fantastic on my office wall! Great job!

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