View Full Version : Westeros War (Coffee) Table

03-01-2014, 10:21 PM
Wow. It took me over a week to find the "new thread" button. Maybe more than just shades of brown could be used here? Sorry, I've never forum-ed in my life, I don't even Reddit, never learned it.

Anyway, I have some pictures of my map, the hand carved wood map of Westeros from A Song of Ice and Fire, carved atop a coffee table. 61943
I've been basically done carving the outline of the island for about a month now, and have been smoothing out the areas of water. In this picture you can see the right side of that bay is much smoother than the left. I have been going around and cleaning up where I made rough chisel cuts to get the basic shape.

Also I have been working on rivers (mostly when I tire of cleaning up the rough spots). These are done by using a 16d framing nail, basically tracing my pencil-drawn rivers until they have depth.

Now that I've sort of figured this site out, I should be able to keep you all more posted on the progress of this map.

03-02-2014, 01:28 AM
From one incompetent and inexperienced forum user to another I feel your pain. I can't wait to see this piece finished on down the road.

03-02-2014, 04:56 AM
Now that's a nice idea! I'm curious about how you're going to depict mountains, if you plan on doing that.

03-02-2014, 07:32 AM
This will be amazing! Are you planning to paint it too? Could look wonderful with nothing but an oil treatment, of course… In either case I'm looking forward to seeing it :)

03-02-2014, 08:44 AM
So, you're gonna have a table-map of the Seven Kingdoms... a bit like the giant table in Dragonstone? That's just awesome :D

03-02-2014, 09:49 AM
Its such a cool idea, and its so beautiful.

03-02-2014, 02:30 PM
This will be amazing! Are you planning to paint it too? Could look wonderful with nothing but an oil treatment, of course… In either case I'm looking forward to seeing it :)

You could also use different oils to achieve different colors, might give a cool effect

03-02-2014, 03:01 PM
Yes, just like Stannis' war table! I realize though that my apartment doesn't have a giant war room like dragonstone, so I went with the war coffee table. I do plan on staining it different colors when it's done (blues/greens in the ocean, browns and such for land). Still not sure on mountains, I might leave it flat on land. This is my coffee table after all, I still use it as one.

03-02-2014, 03:02 PM

Also, here is a shot of the entire table, showing the outline.

03-03-2014, 05:20 AM
Perhaps you could do a simple "drawing" (or carving) linework for mountains? I'm imagining the seats of powers (king's landing, highgarden, winterfell, sunspear...) as placements for coffee mugs... since they are quite around the table :)

You already have an incredible and original map!

03-03-2014, 05:23 AM
i'm imagining the seats of powers (king's landing, highgarden, winterfell, sunspear...) as placements for coffee mugs... Since they are quite around the table :)

this!!! :)

03-04-2014, 10:29 AM
Inlay rare and expensive woods using the rings to like topography lines, also guild the outside in precious metals and gems! Sorry you map and idea are just so good it seems like the start of the description of some famous item from a fantasy novel lending itself to that sort of thing. Ilanthar's idea was very good.

03-09-2014, 04:24 PM
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Here's a few pics from today, showing the table from an angle. Really not that deep as far as the carving goes, but it's enough to show the difference from land/water. I'm planning on spending the next several days smoothing out each section, basically where the ocean cuts into the land.

03-14-2014, 03:09 AM
Looking really good. Are you going to do something like stain the wood to differentiate the land and sea even more when it's done? It's hard to tell how good the contrast would be irl from pictures...

03-15-2014, 12:27 PM
lots of great ideas in here! :D But the best is of course making this coffee table at all! I am so looking forward to seeing it finished.
…And now I really want one for myself with middle earth on it. Or better yet, my own world.

03-23-2014, 03:06 PM
Got around to doing some more work today, finishing all the rivers using a Dremel tool. Much quicker and cleaner than using a nail. 62558 62559


03-24-2014, 07:35 PM
Also has anyone here ever done any pyrography? Like using a special soldering iron to burn/draw on wood? I just found a ton of stuff about it online, and I think I know how I'm going to do labels and mountains.

03-24-2014, 07:51 PM
I had the same wood burning tool everyone seemed to have when I was a kid, not sure that counts. We'd heat up an old junk knife on an industrial burner at one of the places I worked to carefully inscribed a baseballbat with the words "complaint department" and an artistically rendered head of garlic, but I'm not sure that qualifies any more than the child's wood burning kit. I can say that its fun to draw on wood with hot objects and not overly difficult if you do some practice on something less loved beforehand.

03-29-2014, 06:29 PM
Well, just bought this bad boy today at Lowe's for 19 bucks. 62768

Started messing around with it, did some practice words and such, then placed "Winterfell" on the map. Only like 50 more labels left! 62769 62770

03-29-2014, 07:37 PM
And I thought labeling was tedious in Photoshop. The dremel rivers are looking good, what tip did you use to do that? I have one but am terribly inexperienced with it so its nice to get an idea of what does what.

03-30-2014, 12:50 PM
62788 It's an engraving bit. I'm not sure of the exact size, it came in the kit of my Dremel 300 series. I'm using the plunge router collar on it, with the adjustable depth gauge so I can set it to not go too deep into the wood.

03-30-2014, 02:25 PM
I think I have a few of those, I just didn't know what the heck they were for.

04-04-2014, 08:11 PM
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Been real busy all week with work, but did some burning today. I guess this is how the mountains are going to be displayed on my map. What do you guys think?

04-05-2014, 08:35 AM
By Kegs02
What do you guys think?

Just : awesome!

04-05-2014, 08:44 AM
The mountains look great!

04-05-2014, 02:22 PM
Looks nice, though I'm gonna say you should make it a 3d terrain map instead >:)

04-27-2014, 04:42 PM
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Been a while, took a break from burning and got some stain for the ocean. For whatever reason, I only bought one 1.5" brush, so I can't get to any of the small spots, which make up like half of the ocean. I'll probably invest in some small foam brushes later this week. The stain color turned out real nice, and my fear of not having a smooth enough surface with the chiseling/sanding turned out to be better, as the stain has soaked in to different spots unevenly, creating a wave pattern. Perfect, since this is an ocean.

05-02-2014, 05:03 AM
It looks really cool. Can't wait to see more progress on this.

05-02-2014, 10:38 AM
Looking great!

05-02-2014, 12:35 PM
This looks amazing! Really impressed, looking forward to seeing the finished peice. :)

05-03-2014, 04:41 PM
This is going to turn out beautiful, I can tell. I'm excited to watch this one grow.

05-18-2014, 11:44 AM
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I've finished the outer water staining, here is the map as of today. I used some contact paper to act as masking around some of the lakes to help keep the stain inside. I've been messing with different small utensils to drip stain into the little rivers that run throughout the land. I'm hoping to finish all blue staining this week and then finish all the labels with the burner next weekend, then I'll finish the top. End is in sight!

05-18-2014, 06:20 PM
It looks fantastic!

06-08-2014, 12:04 PM
Just finished the burning this morning, and have added the first coat of finish! I'm digging the grain pop. A few more hours then I'll sand, re coat, wait, sand one more time, re coat a third one, then I guess it'll be done.
My next plan is to get some wooden drink coasters, then burn the house sigils into them. What's a coffee table without coasters? Thanks for all the support, I hope to continue carving maps!

06-08-2014, 12:08 PM
A few closeups from yesterday (6/7), before the stain was added. I managed to sneak in the weirwood and pond from Winterfell.

06-08-2014, 02:21 PM
This is great, I'm so happy to see more woodwork. I'm surprised I haven't seen this yet, but I'm really impressed. Apparently I need a dremel and a wood burning kit...


06-08-2014, 05:02 PM
I went to the hardware store and bought some wood and a couple of wood chisels because of this. Your Westeros is turning out awesome, and I wish I could do something as cool as this!

08-12-2014, 01:03 PM
Looks like it would be a good application for a mirrored epoxy top: HOW TO APPLY EPOXY RESIN ON TABLE TOPS COUNTER TOPS BAR TOPS APPLICATION DEMONSTRATION - YouTube (http://youtu.be/D09mhf1eXPQ)
Although personally having had bad experiences with clear coats and such, I'd do testing first if you were inclined to go for it.

04-27-2015, 09:27 AM
Simply beautiful and amazing!

04-27-2015, 12:15 PM
Wow great :) i want table like that :D

And isnt Lannisport supposed to be next to sea?? :?:
Its a port right?

04-27-2015, 04:09 PM

You can use a syringe / needle to dye the rivers with, or find and old rapidograph pen, fill with dye to "draw" in the rivers. The pen may work better than the syringe, as you can use it more writing instrument style. You could also find colored epoxies, once in place and in a semi-hard state, cut surface flush with wood background with a very sharp chisel. Try this out on scrap first :-)