Lasers in woodworking. #6: Aztec Calendar

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Blog entry by degoose posted 09-02-2012 08:20 PM 3398 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Playing around... Part 6 of Lasers in woodworking. series Part 7: Jim Beam anyone? »

For many people, a rite of passage is the transition from childhood to adult hood…

For some woodworkers, it is the making of a cutting board…


For those who have laser engravers… it is the Aztec Calendar….
When looking for a laser,most of the different manufacturers show you how well their laser can engrave the Aztec calendar … SO

I finally decided that I needed to engrave the calender … to see just how good my laser was…

This one is 150 mm in diameter [6 inches] and is engraved on MDF…

I did a few with varying degrees of success… Speed was 750, power was 50% and I did change the focal length of the lens from 40mm to 45 mm without significant difference…

While it may not be as good as some of the very expensive lasers out there, I am really happy with the results of the Chinese Laser I bought…

The more I play, the more I find that I am in awe of the power of this machine…

More to follow…A little tease till then…

The Cape York Buffalo Co. will be the subject of several posts over the coming weeks… stay tuned…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

8 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 08:31 PM

It definitely engrave very intricate work.

The edge are pretty smooth too.

cool work.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 09:11 PM

How about wooden nickels? Good to hear that you are enjoying your new tool Larry. Looks like it does very precise work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-02-2012 09:28 PM

CNC guys like that calender too. A right of passage.

That looks really nice Larry.

What’s with the mirror-imaged Cape York sign? Did you goof up a little with the software?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 09-02-2012 09:31 PM

It looks really good to me!! Enjoy, Larry!!!!!!!!.................Jim

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

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#5 posted 09-02-2012 10:02 PM

I also engraved that with my Laser.
What size of Laser did you buy? How may Watts? What software do you operate to run it?
I use LaserCut which attaches to CorelDraw, so I do everything inside Corel and just hit Cut or Engrave.
Focal length will not change the quality it just allows for more distance between the lens and the material.
If you want better quality then increase the DPI before engraving. (Dot’s per Inch) Usually 300 DPI is good but you can go way higher , but it will slow the whole process the higher you go.
I use both a 2” and a 4” lens. I like the 4” best because of the clearance.

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#6 posted 09-02-2012 11:56 PM

That is so super nice Larry. Wow!

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

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#7 posted 09-03-2012 11:36 AM

the posiblities are endlless looks cool

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#8 posted 09-03-2012 02:08 PM

Glad to see that you are enjoying your new engraver. Nothing like having a new toy to play with to bring out
the kid in the woodworker and keeping us from taking ourselves too seriously. Thank you for sharing, and keep
having fun in the shop.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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