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Laser Engraved Table Top #1: Fine Laser Engraving With Color Fill

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Blog entry by Laserdude posted 10-20-2011 01:59 AM 3573 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To start, we have cherry table tops that have been pre-finished with a base coat of stain (less any finish coat)

The laser than cuts the graphic @ .030 to .050 in depth into the cherry table top.

After the graphics are completely machined, we then begin to fill the voids with colored polymers.

The laser than melts the polymer right into the wood table top.

The process will be repeated as many times as needed to complete the artistic affect desired.

Once complete the top will be sanded with 400 grit sandpaper, and the artwork/stain will be coated with lacquer.

When the table top is assembled with the rest of the base components, we have a beautiful piece of furniture.

The wonderful thing about the laser engraving technique is the repeatable results of the artwork if you need to produce multiple items for an organization.

-- Dave



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sras

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#1 posted 10-20-2011 02:52 AM

Those are some impressive tables!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 10-20-2011 02:59 AM

A very impressive table top! Are you saying that after a coat of polymer you run it through the laser a second time, or you recoat the polymer as many times as neeede? Is this laser part of your shop? Are you doing the art work for the laser?

Ron

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 03:32 AM

Hi Ron,

After the laser machines the graphic, I run the program with with different power settings/focal settings I have developed to melt the polymer. If the melted polymer does not cover the graphic the way I prefer, I will refill the void again, and run the laser a second or third time until the artwork is perfect. After I complete one color on the artwork, I do the next color that is needed in the design in a similar fashion. I do not melt all the different colors at one time.

The laser is a part of my shop, and you can see it on my “shop page”. Right next to the laser is a computer system that is linked to a few different pieces of equipment I use. I design the graphics, and do the artwork myself. I utilize CAD based software, and Corel X13 Graphics Suite to design the art.

The cool thing is we are still creating beautiful pieces of art with fine wood craftsmanship…........ technology…..............................

-- Dave

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#4 posted 10-20-2011 01:43 PM

Fantastic Work Dave… The technology is way beyond me, but I can still imagine the endless possibilities…
Thanks very much for sharing it!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 10-20-2011 03:12 PM

Hi Dave, thanks for the explanation it makes your proceses clearer. Thes table tops are just beautiful. You are a very creative guy. I look forward to seeing your future projects on Lumberjocks. Thanks for sharing it has my imagination going -

Ron
In Oregon

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 10-20-2011 03:30 PM

You’re definitely moving in the right direction. Fantastic work! Your work is beautiful and, as you said, reproducible with minimum effort. I have a plan to do a similar technique with my clock designs in the near future. I took the last 6 months to redesign my clock buidling approach to enable rapid reproduction without the loss of one-off artistic novelty. I’m almost there. At some point in the future I’d love to come and visit your shop in Connecticut to share ideas. I’m in Rochester, NY so, it’s an easy jog! Keep chargin! PS”: There is a shop near you called Patriot Mills. Here’s the link: http://www.cog-works.com/dartmouth-blanket-chest They do many engraved designs but, it’s the business model that might be useful to you….an exclusive deal with Dartmouth College….Thanks for posting. Max

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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#7 posted 10-20-2011 06:16 PM

Charles…...I would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you on future projects. I am currently working with other wood workers on their projects, and we come up with some pretty unique ideas that are incorporated in their work….......

-- Dave

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#8 posted 04-27-2012 05:17 AM

Where can you buy the colored polymers, is this like the powder coating dust? Thanks.

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#9 posted 04-27-2012 10:32 AM

This is absolutely outstanding. It’s one of the best laser jobs that I’ve seen.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 04-27-2012 01:04 PM

Thanks for the kind words. The media can be any type of powder coating material except pvc. There are a lot of tricks to learning the proper technique.

-- Dave

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