Big Paris Map

We needed something to hang over the fireplace… and just a banana wouldn’t cut it.

My wife and I lived in Paris when we were young. Life was good!
So my love for maps and some nostalgia came together for this project.

The map is about 110cm (43in) in diameter and cut out of two layers of 2.2mm aircraft ply. The small streets are only about 1mm wide.

I cut the whole map twice, once in three vertical strips and then again in two horizontal ones and then glued the two layers together. The water is 1/8 in matte acrylic.

This was quite an organizational challenge, making sure no streets get lost in the splitting process and that everything fits together in the end. I used snapmarks to align the different portions of the strips, but they only worked part time, sometimes I had to eyeball the alignment.

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Wow, that was a bit of work! It looks great. :slight_smile:

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Wow, I love maps cut on the :glowforge:, but this is next level!

(and I love the banana taped to the wall for perspective)

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A laser is way better than a banana to cut aircraft ply :wink:

A stunning piece! :heart_eyes:

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That is insanely awesome!

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Very nice detailed work. You could make a killer puzzle with that bucket of cut-outs. :crazy_face:
That fills the wall nicely! That has to be very rewarding after all that work.
So good of you to provide the banana for reference.

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Holy cow! That’s incredible!

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Holy Cow! You have been with the Glowforge group for another trip around the sun :star_struck:

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Superb!!! I love how you broke it up so cleanly too.

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So I have! Is it gold medal yet? (Is this five years or four?) :thinking:
Might be a new record for forum participation for me. :smile:

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NIce work! I like the larger pieces and a map with such details looks best when big. It will be a nice reminder of the good old days!

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Going big is hard, kudos on such an impressive result!

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@sneggi, Congratulations on a great (in both meanings of the word) map! Impressive.

@Jules, happy cake day!

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Thank you! :slightly_smiling_face:

@Jules, I want to wish you a VERY happy day. :blush:

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That is the most awesome map! And I can see there was quite a bit of work involved making it so. Well done!

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Thank you sir! :slightly_smiling_face:

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You inspire me. Wow.

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Or, perhaps, in Seine.

Certainly wading in to the deep end, in any case.

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The map looks fantastic. Taping up the banana…brilliant.

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