Lasers in woodworking. #1: Laser engraving as an embellishment...

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Blog entry by degoose posted 04-15-2012 10:15 PM 5880 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Take a rather plain piece and embellish it… and Voile….

There are various ways to embellish a piece… route a design… burn a design by way of pyrography … if you are an artist, paint or draw…..or for a fast effective repeatable way…Laser Engraving…

Over the past few years, laser engraving machines have come down in price and are nearly affordable to the home hobbyist… A branded machine is available for under $20,000.00…here in Australia… way cheaper if you live in the USA….

Enter the chinese.. a similar machine… obviously not the same quality .. is under $3,000.00

Big difference… of course you expect to do a little tweaking and the laser tubes do not last as long but are affordable and easily replaced.

On Saturday, I went to see a newly found friend. Bec and I met on a Forum for CNC and Laser users… I have been looking at different laser engravers and dropped in on her to see just how they worked..

Even though her machine is only a hobby model, it was very impressive to see running…

I took a few samples down to see how they would engrave…here are a few pics..

Appropriately, a bunch of grapes on a wine tilt…

This took all of 2 minutes…

Cheese anyone…

Notice the fine lines in the font…

Come in Spiner…

Any font any size..

Any thing at all…this one actually was done in raster mode and took about 6 minutes.

Hoping to have one myself soon… but I would be going for a larger more powerful machine… possible with a worktable of 900 mm by 600 mm [3 ft by 2 ft] and all the bells and whistles I can afford…

More next post…

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#1 posted 04-15-2012 10:20 PM

Very cool Larry

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 10:32 PM

Great looking Larry.

They seem so easy to use and the price keeps dropping.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 04-15-2012 10:45 PM

You must be making too much money, Larry….us poor people have to be content with doing all that fancy work by hand with a pyrography pen!!
they look good though and I certainly would buy both a CNC and a Laser if I had the money, and of course my wife would let me buy them!!

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#4 posted 04-15-2012 11:01 PM

I totally agree with you, Larry. I have found a guy that can do laser work for me and it really makes a project stand out over my doing the lettering or carving. It gives it a real prfessional look. I have 3 jobs on the books for laser work right now, too….............................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 04-15-2012 11:04 PM

I like them Larry, and you’re right. It makes your projects POP!!!!!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#6 posted 04-15-2012 11:07 PM

Your projects are outstanding without the embellishments… but I know you like new toys!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 04-15-2012 11:37 PM

Hmmm. I wonder if I could put a laser on my CNC. I have never watched one do engraving. Do you think it could work?

How fast does it travel around, and how close to the wood is the laser thingy?


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#8 posted 04-15-2012 11:41 PM

very cool BUDskee

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#9 posted 04-15-2012 11:47 PM

Very Neat!!!

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#10 posted 04-16-2012 12:24 AM

Your work is always over the top Larry. I don’t think you need one of these ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 04-16-2012 12:26 AM


Wish I had a few extra thou for one… LOL

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#12 posted 04-16-2012 12:51 AM


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#13 posted 04-16-2012 01:22 AM

Like Emeril, you’re going to “kick it up a notch”!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#14 posted 04-16-2012 01:27 AM

Impressive – always going to the next level will get you to the top eventually.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 04-16-2012 02:19 AM

That is very cool but not yet in the ‘affordable’ range for us Okies. I can see where it would be great to personalize projects.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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