World Map

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Project by Vandy posted 06-07-2013 09:28 PM 3252 views 40 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Map of the World

I estimate that this map took me 1 million hours to complete. (+/- 999,000 hours)

I used a lot of different exotic woods for this project to give it a contrast of colors.

Of the larger countries:
Canada – Paduak
Russia – Goncalo Alves
China – Bloodwood
Brazil – Yellowheart
USA – Stained Quartersawn White Oak
Australia – Black heart
India – Teak
Greenland – Birdseye Maple
Antarctica – Eucalyptus

Other woods include:
Purpleheart, Cocobola, Leapardwood, African Mahogany, Wenge, Birdseye Maple, Holly, Honduras Rosewood, Bocote, Bubinga, Canarywood, Ipe, Chechen, Cumaru, East Indian Rosewood, Jatoba, Figured Walnut, Osage Orange, Shedua, Zebrawood,

The Frame measures 8×4 feet and was probably the most difficult part – the outer frame was made from Beech and the longitude and latitude lines were alder as they bend well when steamed.

Lastly, I added RGB LED lighting behind the continents to glow into the wall and outline the continents at night. This greatly added to the difficulty but was definitely well worth it.

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#1 posted 06-07-2013 09:34 PM

I like this a lot! How big is this?

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#2 posted 06-07-2013 09:50 PM

Very very cool excellent work.

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#3 posted 06-07-2013 10:48 PM

Just wow. That is so cool. Is a very good idea and it looks great

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#4 posted 06-07-2013 11:27 PM

One o the best World Maps I’ve seen! Can we see a picture of it lit up? Also what are the dimensions?


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#5 posted 06-07-2013 11:40 PM

Wow. This makes me want to get a scroll saw.

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#6 posted 06-08-2013 12:49 AM

Need to add “U.N.C.L.E.” at the bottom.

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#7 posted 06-08-2013 12:54 AM

Holy ish, thats outstanding!

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#8 posted 06-08-2013 01:33 AM

The map measures 8×4 feet and takes up a fairly large wall. I’ll take some pics of the lighting soon and add them

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#9 posted 06-08-2013 01:59 AM

That is fantastic! Great work.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#10 posted 06-08-2013 02:24 AM

Impressive work…..and here I thought the world was round. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#11 posted 06-08-2013 03:18 AM

Nice map. You don’t state the size, but it looks like it takes up a pretty good bit of wall space. That’s the sort of thing businesses like to put in their lobby areas. Too bad it takes 685 years to make one. If you could produce a quantity of them I’m sure they’d sell.

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#12 posted 06-08-2013 06:08 AM

This is awesome! It must have been difficult keeping up with the tectonic plates shifting on you during the build….

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#13 posted 06-08-2013 06:34 AM


This is a very impressive map. We’d love to see more pictures. Maybe you could do close-ups of each continent.

You should get together with fellow LJ Marco and display your map along with his globe.


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#14 posted 06-08-2013 09:12 AM

Wow, this is a great looking map. With it’s size, you could probably sell it to Specter. Seriously, an impressive job and great result on this very large piece.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 06-08-2013 11:00 AM

Hello Vandy

This is an impressive work

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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