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Crafts,  Maps,  Painting,  Scrollsaw

Mahone Bay Wood Map

We love different or unusual requests. We have scroll sawn the map of Nova Scotia hundreds of times now. Could probably do it blindfolded. Although 10 fingers come in handy at times.

This request came from a daughter as a gift for her parents in Connecticut. She explained they usually spend time in the summer in the Mahone Bay area of Nova Scotia and love kayaking around some of the islands.

This is the map for anyone not familiar with the area.

And this is the town of Mahone Bay. Beautiful.

Back to the map… Much like the Scotland map we just finished recently, we had to cut out the backer board and build the frame first. Both were painted, giving the frame two coats with a good sanding in between applications.

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Painting the frame.

Jim said I should share a behind the scenes pic. Here goes…laundry drying and everything. Just keeping it real people.

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Painting in the laundry room. LOL

While I was working away in the laundry paint room, Jim was busy in the workshop getting the boards ready for the ‘land’ portion of the project.

As with all our maps, the boards were cut to size, edge jointed, glued and clamped…

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Cut to fit the frame.
edge jointed, glued and clamped, then sanded.
Don’t mind the missing corner.

Then sanded.

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Sanding itself apparently.

For this project, we needed to print out two copies of the map. One for cutting, one for reference when placing the islands. The one we use for cutting on the scroll saw is printed on self-adhesive vinyl.

Edge jointed, glued and clamped
Vinyl copy.

Just peel and stick. No shifting of the pattern while cutting.

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Ready to cut.

And action…

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Thats concentration right there!
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Almost finished the mainland.

With the largest portion cut and placed, it was time for the islands. Not as many as Scotland for sure, but still…

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Scroll saw in motion!!

Then to arrange the islands and glue into place.

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Map of Mahone Bay in progress.

Here is a closeup of a few of the smaller pieces floating in the ocean.

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This section done.

We generally leave it in the workshop overnight for the glue to set up. The next day Jim uses the air compressor to remove any lingering sawdust, and we bring it in the house for packaging. Can you imagine using the compressor before the glue was dry. Islands everywhere!!

Ready to see…

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Love this Map of Mahone Bay.

Just so you know, this has given us an idea for a wood map for ourselves. We live on a lake. We love our lake. Its a big lake. Long actually. Next up, wood map of South River Lake. Who knows… there may be a booming market for them from the 20 or so houses around the lake. LOL.

Later.

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