Back again with yet another wood map of Nova Scotia, this time with a compass. We received a request from a lady in Saskatchewan for this map and she asked us to make a compass with her coordinates as well.
She was perusing our gallery of maps for sale and made her way to the ‘sold’ page where she found a map she fell in love with. Did you know you could do that? Well you can.
As all good maps begin…this one also started with five weathered boards, glued together then sanded.
With the map pattern in place, Jim drilled a hole to feed the scroll saw blade through.
And began cutting…
With the map cut out it was time to build a frame.
We had to use corner clamps to hold it until the glue dried.
Then Jim used the router to remove some material from the back of the frame so the map and backer board could sit flush with the frame.
Now for the fun part…the compass. We printed out 3 copies of the compass image, one for the ring in the back, one for the small four point piece, and one for the top four point larger piece.
Back at the scroll saw, Jim cut out the three pieces to this compass.
I mean…come on.
All pieces got a sanding. For the ring in the back, we decided to wrap it with jute, adding to the nautical look.
For the coordinates, we had a choice of paint with a tiny brush or paint pen. Honestly, I really don’t like the finished look with paint pens. It has a different sheen than paint, sort of looks like a marker was used. No thank you. I considered the tiny brush route then I had a lightbulb moment. My sister is a master at wood burning, and agreed to help out (in lieu of cinnamon rolls). Having camera troubles that day, this is the only picture that turned out of that process.
And around the edges of the top 2 pieces…
The backer board got a coat of blue paint (by yours truly) then dry brushed with black and white. The frame got a couple of coats of black paint, with a sanding in between coats. The map, backer board, frame were assembled and the compass and coordinates were attached.
Ready to see…
Throw us a request…a challenge if you will. We’re up for it.
PS. We actually made 2 others at the same time.