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Timber map project

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Timber map project

I have had this idea in my head for about 5 years. I thought it would be cool to have a coastline cut out of timber for some wall art.

With this in mind, I used some very high detail vector maps I have access to through my work to plan out what was going to be shown.


I toyed with doing all of Australia, then just the region I live in (Surf Coast, Victoria) but eventually settled on doing the entire Victorian coast line.

This ticked a few boxes in that it would cover a significant section of a long blank wall we were struggling to decide how to cover (art, wallpaper etc) and it would be at a scale where a lot of detail could be shown, but it would still be achievable with the tools I have at hand.


The finished project is just short of 4m long which puts the scale at approx 5mm = 1km


Recycled hardwood timber palings

3mm mdf for backing

1mm stainless braided wire

Picture hanging loops

19 x 45mm DAR pine (cut/routed down to a picture rail profile)

Picture rail hooks

misc screws & woodglue

Ultra Gloss finish



Coping Saw



Step 1

First I printed out the entire coastline and taped all the A4 sheets together to see how the palings should be positioned.


Once it all looked ok, I glued 7 palings onto an MDF backer board making 7 groups of 7 boards to make the whole thing more manageable. I then glued the paper layout onto the groups of palings.






Step 2

Each section was then cut out. For very detailed sections, the bulk was cut away with a bandsaw, then smaller details were cut using a combination of a fine coping saw and files.


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Step 3

Once it was all cut out, I then used a combination of 4mm 3D printed dowels and cabinet door clips to allow the pieces to clip together.


Then it was just a matter of hanging the sections one at a time to get the wire lengths right.


First time hanging all sections togetherFirst time hanging all sections together


Step 4

Then came the least enjoyable part of any project I do which was sanding everything and finishing.


All Sanded


All sandedAll sanded


Looking shiny


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The Bondall Ultra Gloss 'Clear' Varnish had quite an unexpectedly dark tint to it, but I'm still very pleased with the final result.


Next I think I'm going to try and find someone who can make some small brass plates to put in some place names.

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Re: Timber Map Project

What an incredibly unique and interesting project @ksd050! You must be super-thrilled with the results.


I love the use of reclaimed hardwood fence pailings and the overall effect you've achieved. The detail is just amazing!


Many thanks for sharing such a wonderful project.




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Re: Timber Map Project

Good afternoon @ksd050 

Man that is some effort! :smile: Well worth it and love how it fills the wall with a story.

I have thought of sketchs of the same but really like your idea of the recyled pailings and the mdf board :smile: It worked so well


Looks great!



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Re: Timber map project

Absolutely fantastic work there! 

Mind if I pinch a few ideas for my own place?

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