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Sailing Adventure Commoration Box

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Project by ThumbHammer posted 03-20-2015 04:01 AM 1362 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My nephew is on a sailing voyage from West Florida to the Bahamas and back. He is an adventurous young man who works in Alaska on a commercial Salmon fishing boat during fishing season. His love of the sea is obvious because in his off time you will find him, where else, on the sea. Later this month he will return and to surprise him, my sister (his mother) asked me to make a special box just for him. I laser cut and laser engraved this box with a sailboat closely resembling the sail boat he is on. It has a compass rose on the front, a map of the Bahama Islands on the underside of the lid, and 3 anchors on the back which represents him and his 2 sailing buddies. I know this is a box that he will treasure for many years to come.

-- Are we all Square?





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DUDDY

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#1 posted 03-20-2015 12:31 PM

What laser engraver do you have? what watt?

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ThumbHammer

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#2 posted 03-20-2015 02:38 PM

Duddy my laser is a 45 watt Full Spectrum Laser. They are located in Las Vegas, Nevada. My laser’s cutting area is 12” x 20” and if I want, I can unscrew the bottom of the unit and raise the laser up so that I can pass any length of material through for engraving. To cut through 1/4” Poplar and Bass Wood I usually have to make 2 passes. Laser engraving on the other hand generally only takes 1 pass. This is a good and comparatively inexpensive laser, made in the USA and supported in the USA. I have seen comments by those who have spent 3 to 5 times more on their laser make comments about this being a toy. Well look at my projects and tell me it is a toy. It is a quality machine and I really like it. Thanks for looking at my projects.

-- Are we all Square?

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#3 posted 03-20-2015 03:07 PM

Dude, that’s freakin’ awesome! I’m a sailor and a woodworker. I also happen to run a Redden Marine Supply store in Seattle and we sell a ton of commercial fishing stuff, mostly for salmon. We have several stores in Alaska.

I’ve had a few “sailing adventures” myself, most notably, dodging Hurricane Irene on a catamaran delivery from FL to TX. Saw a whole lot more of the ICW than I had planned.

Love the laser engraving. I’m making wooden dinghies in my spare time and I think that might be a better solution than a compass rose inlay. Hmmm…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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ThumbHammer

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#4 posted 03-20-2015 03:22 PM

Thanks CaptainSkully. I love the Seattle area, and especially enjoyed seeing the gigantic Salmon at Pike Street Market. Don’t know how those market guys can throw and catch slippery fish when an order is made. It is quite something to see. I have Salmon fished off the CA coast in the Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Francisco areas. I have a hard top cuddy cabin boat and fishing is my favorite past time. I have entertained the idea of getting a large CNC Router table to assist me in making small sail and row boats. Cost and space are the biggest road block at this time but hopefully one day I’ll be able to do this. In the mean time, my little laser is much like a cnc machine. I design using AutoCad then send the job to the laser for cutting or burning. The laser is really like a large printer except it does not lay down ink but instead sends an invisible burning beam of light. It is pretty cool to see in action.

-- Are we all Square?

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ThumbHammer

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#5 posted 04-18-2015 03:47 AM

Darn I got the title wrong. It is a “Commemoration Box”. Guess I was tired when I misspelled the title incorrectly. I hate that.

-- Are we all Square?

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