United States Map Done!

Finally finished the United States map. Funny how when you finish a project you think of so many other ways it could have been done. There are plenty of things I would change if I did this again. But, at some point you have to make up your mind or the project will never get done. I may end up selling this one and then making a different one changing a few things in the next design.






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That turned out beautiful!

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Well done. Every project is a learning experience of things to do differently and things that work well. My problem is remembering which is which as well as where I put the notebook with settings and notes.

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Looks great! I always do that…I get something done and see a millions things I should change! LOL

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Gorgeous - and the backing board is lovely too!

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Look great, what would you do different?

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I think I would change the frame and make the title a little bigger. I’d also label the oceans. Of course I could still do that pretty easily. The colors are nice but, I originally wanted to do a subtle American flag for the background. I took the simple way instead of just trying to do what I saw in my head.

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Very nice indeed!

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This is beautiful ~ bravo! Can you describe how you made the backing and what type of wood the map is made of? I can envision your flag background idea, but honestly I think the simplicity of how it is now really showcases the wood & textures (& makes a nice clean, neutral decor). :slight_smile:

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Clean and simple is timeless and always works.
Great addition to any household decoration.

That is the beauty of being able to design and create your own work with the :glowforge:

Congratulations @mccastro777 !

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Great work! Love it!

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The wood for the states is 1/8 inch Baltic birch plywood finished with a sun bleached stain and clear coated with a krylon spray. The backing is a box of project wood from Lowe’s. They come in a box and are basically planks that you would attach to a wall. They were cheap. I thing $13 for the box, although I had to run them through a table saw to clean up the edges. And some were pretty warped. Anyway, they are glued to a piece of 1/4 inch plywood, then finished with an ebony stain. No clear was applied to the backing since I liked the sheen of the wood without a clear coat. The states (all individual) are attached with 3mm thick foam double-sided tape. That gives it the floating look.

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Wow it turned out great, I think you did the rght thing to address the different wood tones across those few states. The background looks excellent, lovely contrast between light and dark and rustic and modern.

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Thank you so much for the detailed description! I am learning a lot. I’m going to look for the sun bleached stain (haven’t ever used it). And the sheen/texture of the project wood is so nice. :+1:t3:

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Great project! Nice staining job!

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Love it! I really like how you put the capitols of the states as well (well, most of them anyway!). I love your finishes, and although I think the flag would be nice, I wonder if it wouldn’t take away from the clean/sharpness of the look. Of course, I can’t see inside your head for your vision. :slight_smile: Nice job!

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Yeah, some of those east coast states are so small I couldn’t even fit the state name in them. There was no way I could include the capitals. I was going to add them to the outside of the map and have a string or something pointing to the capital, but decided against it.

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I knew that was the reason. I just wanted to tease you. Please don’t be offended.

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Love the idea of the flag in the background. I have been working on one like that for a while, but have never found the time to finish the files.

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Looks great on the wall!

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