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Cabinet for Muse Riser/Laser

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Project by WeekendWoodworking posted 03-14-2018 04:27 PM 721 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Lumberjocks friends,

Haven’t posted for a while so thought I would add a project I just finished. Recently I purchased a Laser machine from Full Spectrum Laser in Las Vegas, Nevada. The machine is called the Muse and so far I just love the thing. So it needed proper stand and cabinet to store stuff.

As you can see the Muse Laser and its Riser are black and silver so I wanted my new stand/cabinet to match the machine. And as you can see in the pictures, the machine has LED lights inside so you can see to place you materials you want to cut or burn. Well of course my cabinet/stand needed LEDs too!

I made the top of the cabinet to match the footprint of the Laser/Riser so it is custom to the machine. I made the cabinet height so once the cabinet, riser and laser are stacked together, the top is about the height of a bench top so easy access to the inside. Oh and the Riser is there to elevate the laser as is contains a rotary attachment so I can engrave round things. Glasses, bottles, pens whatever. I made a 2nd laser floor/bed that comes out of the laser when I want access to the rotary gear. Otherwise it is covered up and sits inside the riser, ready to go.

I used melamine to make the cabinet, black edge banding, it has 2 sliding tinted glass doors that are the same as the laser lid in terms of color. The aluminum track hardware looks great with the silver on the machine. I joined the cabinet together with dominos. As you can see the wiring for the cabinet is attached to the back and through holes I cut with the domino machine. Made a perfect flat hole to run the cables through to the inside.

Once I get good at engraving glass, I hope to engrave/etch the Muse logo in the 2 pieces of sliding glass just like the lid to the laser.

It was fun to build and really makes it handy to get to the things you need for the laser equipment. And just the right height for access to place materials inside to cut or engrave. The machine needs an exhaust so placed the unit in front of a window and ran ductwork out the back to a custom wooden piece I added below the window, cut a hole and attached a dryer vent on the outside.

Now I just need to get good at using the machine. So far have designed my laser projects in Inkscape and downloaded to the laser software.

Hope you like and enjoy! Steve

-- Steve at WeekendWoodworking





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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 03-16-2018 12:21 AM


... Recently I purchased a Laser machine…

Hi ww, Nice cabinet job and welcome to the dark side of lasering…

... have designed my laser projects in Inkscape and downloaded to the laser software…

We all have different methodologies. I have been a Sketchup (freebie) user for years. I specifically purchased the Pro version to supplement my laser. SU Pro (and it’s by-product Layout) creates great 1:1 ratio “prints” in any PDF size that I then send to CorelDraw which I use to refine and then “print” to my laser (Trotec Speedy 100). While I have used Inkscape, I am not a protagonist so I can’t compare products… all I can say is that with my configuration of software, licenses need to be purchased for commercial use (though I am a retired privateer and bought the Pro for convenience).

You can design very basic, yet quick and economical projects for use the laser. Recently I made a couple of “storage cabinets” for plastic storage boxes from MDF using the laser… simple straight cuts that fit together like Lego blocks which made the task of shuffling my favorite container from the bottom to the top a breeze. Hope to post the project in the next few days… been hesitant to post but as more members make use of lasers, I felt that it may be appropriate.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 03-16-2018 12:34 AM

LittleBlackDuck – Hey thanks! For some reason Sketchup and I just didn’t get along. I must admit I didn’t give it the time I should have. Going to dig into Fusion 360 and see if I can learn the basics at first on that. Also have a small CNC machine and I am intrigued with the 3D printers. Don’t have one yet. Have to figure out the laser first.!

If you are cutting MDF you must have a pretty big and powerful laser. Very cool!

Thanks for the comment!

-- Steve at WeekendWoodworking

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#3 posted 03-16-2018 09:41 AM



... cutting MDF you must have a pretty big and powerful laser…

Not a biggie in the stats area… mine is a 30W (which I believe is quite ordinary). My MDF is strictly 3mm or 6mm… any thicker and I need a fire extinguisher.

Never got to the CNC regime… from what I’ve seen they’re too messy and unless I want 3D they provide little extra to a lases.

Me and Sketchup are like duck and water so I’ll stick to it. However, iof you need any advice… IO may never deliver but will try… I am still an amateur and not wanting to go commercial will slowly keep learning.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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