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11-08-2014 03:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: laser engraver shop addition

I haven’t been here much over the last month or so because I’ve just been too busy. I’m adding a laser engraver to my shop and I’m building an addition to my shop so that I can keep the engraver away from the saw dust. Unfortunately, I can’t do any woodworking until the new addition is finished because I don’t want to generate any sawdust until the engraver is in the new addition. My regular shop has also been disrupted because of temporarily making room for the laser engraver. At least I will have the time to get up to speed on the laser engraver. Everything should be back to normal in a month. Maybe I can upgrade my shop page one of these days.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#1 posted 11-08-2014 03:47 PM

I wouldn’t be able to wait.
I’d park the new laser in the living room and get back to the to-do list!
Which machine did you get?


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#2 posted 11-08-2014 03:52 PM

Pics or it didn’t happen

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#3 posted 11-08-2014 03:54 PM

Don, I got an Epilog Helix with 50 watts and a 24” x 18” engraving space. The only place that I have insurance on it is in my shop space. I’m hoping that down the road I will be able to get a CNC router.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 11-08-2014 04:01 PM

I’ve had a tour of the epilog facility. Awesome place! Great group of people.

My brother in law works as tech support there.

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#5 posted 11-08-2014 04:03 PM


I am glad you have another toy/tool.
I always wanted one for doing pens and other turnings I do.

I can not wait to see what you do with it.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#6 posted 11-08-2014 04:11 PM

have fun with that new toy… I love the capabilities and versatility that those machines have, just be ready to take some flack from the “Woodworking Purists”

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#7 posted 11-08-2014 04:21 PM

Thanks for the comments. I consider my laser to be an asset but I’m not going to quit woodworking. I’m really gung ho about my shop and my woodworking. However, I’m going to have to have an income for my retirement. My wife will be retiring in 3 or 4 years and I need to build some sort of retirement business for us.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 11-08-2014 05:46 PM

Good to hear that you are getting into laser engraving Charles. It should open up a lot of new possibilities for you. I think you already have one of the nicest shops in the world, so an addition is the cherry on top of the whipped cream.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 11-08-2014 05:57 PM

Great addition to the shop, Charles!

LJ member Degoose (Lazy Larry) really keeps his fired up!

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#10 posted 11-08-2014 06:18 PM

I suppose someone could be ornery and say, you should have built the shop bigger, but you would still
have to add that extra dust free room. Congratulations on the new toy-I mean income producing
equipment. Hope you have fun.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 11-08-2014 07:15 PM

I too wish you every happiness with your latest aquisition.It will no doubt be a decided asset for future working and re bringing in an income. I wish you every happiness and sucess for your future together as you seem to be really nice lovely human beings and deserve all that is out there for your retirement. Best wishes Alistair PS it would be cool to see some of the work you do, as I have never seen one before.All of course once you get time to unwrap your new pride and joy machine. I know that feeling all too well.LOL

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#12 posted 11-08-2014 08:02 PM

Welcome to the dark side…You will love using the laser and even more when you get the CNC router… they open up all kind of doors…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 11-08-2014 08:30 PM

I really want a laser. Congrats. Will love to see your projects.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 11-08-2014 09:32 PM


Sounds like a plan! Looking forward to seeing it in action!

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#15 posted 11-09-2014 06:44 AM


How do you expect to pay for your New asset?

What are you going to be engraving?

How long do you expect it will take to Pay for itself?

Will it end up being a Liability or the desired Asset?

Sounds like a Nice / Fun piece of equipment…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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