Lasers in woodworking. #5: Playing around...

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Blog entry by degoose posted 08-30-2012 09:34 AM 2709 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have sailed into uncharted waters… Laser engraving…. and I have been mesmerised by tutorials on YouTube concerning the software need to run the laser… and CorelDraw makes it all so simple…

Now, what a great bit of kit that is…. I can not get enough… in the last few weeks I have learned so much… can you imagine how good I will be in another few weeks…lol

I will let the photographs show you just how far I have come…

Using different fonts and manipulating the text. That was fun and made me want to learn more…

Putting the new logo and year on one of my lazy larrybases..

Adding a little personal touch..

This little stick drawing has a lot of meaning to the person who commissioned this Jarah board. And it took me literally hours to get it engraved… and to be happy with the results… great learning curve…

Large piece of white cedar [bookmatched] used as a sign for my market stall…it is 450 mm square…[18 inches for the cousins]

So much more to show you…that is it for now..will post later…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 09:54 AM

fantastic larry, so much can be done with this, im sure you will learn all you can and use it to your best advantage…cant wait to see more…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Bob Collins

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#2 posted 08-30-2012 10:03 AM

Looks like you are sailing those waters very well Larry, will be interesting to see your progress.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 08-30-2012 10:12 AM

I love getting new tools. I guess its’ the learning what you can do with it that makes it so fun. Your designs so far look great.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 08-30-2012 10:26 AM

You’re doing great. I only worry that I’ll break down & buy one.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 08-30-2012 10:30 AM

What model of machine did you get?

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 08-30-2012 10:35 AM

Great job. Larry.

You’ll be able to give yourself a tatoo.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 08-30-2012 10:37 AM

Very awesome Larry! I have wanted a laser for years now, maybe some day huh? You are doing great, keep at it you are sure to only get better. have fun with it.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#8 posted 08-30-2012 10:41 AM

The new era of wood carving has come in the laser technology but the man behind the machine is still Larry whose design and skill is outstanding. I like to see your work in the real world because as you mentioned it is only your practice. How much more will it be in the actual work.
Keep it going,

-- Bert

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#9 posted 08-30-2012 10:44 AM

Your laser engraving is looking great, Larry. BTW, has an excellent and comprehensive course on Corel Draw. I took it myself and it is pretty thorough. I looked at the laser engraving machines at the Atlanta show and am seriously thinking about a small one, as well as, a small CNC
2ft. x 4ft router. This would be a big move toward preparing for retirement. I can’t afford to retire unless I can develop some sort of extra income.

I hope that you get better and better with your laser and that it opens up a whole new world of profit and creativity for you.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 08-30-2012 12:37 PM

Way to go Larry. You are getting it now.
Funny how long these things take to develop.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 08-30-2012 12:47 PM

G’day, Larry. Great to see you have it up and running. You sure made some find looking stuff right off the bat. The sky is the limit with a laser! I’ll bet you find a million uses of it. Now the problem will be the time to build stuff and do the laser running and programming!
I love what you have don so far!! Thanks for showing it all!!.....................Jim

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

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#12 posted 08-30-2012 12:48 PM

Oh yea, Larry. I can see you’re gonna have lotsa fun with that. Very kool logos and such.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#13 posted 08-30-2012 01:26 PM

Impressive! I’ve got Laser envy.

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

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#14 posted 08-30-2012 01:52 PM

That little mouse is fantastic. That should be your new logo:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 08-30-2012 01:57 PM

CorelDraw has been on my computers since about 1990, I usually buy every other version. I used to design complete woodworking projects in it, but Sketchup has displaced it for that. Vector drawing programs solve a lot of issues.

Looks like fun Larry. Still being kind of a drudge, doing comupter stuff for work…... but the end is in sight…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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