Splined Box. Laser inlay and engraving

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Project by ToGoMan posted 10-05-2009 06:35 PM 3239 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a class last week in basic box-making. The miter jig did an excellent job in helping me build a tight frame.

The Sun/Moon inlay was cut on the laser and the inset on the lid was also burned out with the laser.

The photos show white flecks, but those are only from the flash. Walnut with Maple splines. Danish oil as a modest finish.

It was worth the cash to get the insight on these miters!

-- ToGoMan ------ "No ONE of us knows as much as ALL of us." (anon.) ----

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#1 posted 10-05-2009 08:15 PM

Thats a nice looking box.good work

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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#2 posted 10-05-2009 09:37 PM

Nice box love the inscription.

But may I add my penny’s worth I do not think that is the way to go with laser on wood.
In my opinion wood should not be burned by laser but inlaid by skill and craftsmanship.

-- Rautenbach,South Africa

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#3 posted 10-06-2009 03:25 AM

The laser is a perfectly acceptable tool in woodworking. A hundred years ago the use of electricity was unthinkable and not true to woodworking.
Personally I find your use of the laser to be a great addition to the tool chest.

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#4 posted 10-06-2009 06:07 AM

A very cool box love the design.


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#5 posted 10-07-2009 10:13 PM

Hi bibb,
I am not criticizing the laser I am only making a personal preference

-- Rautenbach,South Africa

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#6 posted 10-11-2009 05:26 PM

Dear Rautenbach,

Please refrain from commenting on any of my projects in the future.

Peace always and all ways,


-- ToGoMan ------ "No ONE of us knows as much as ALL of us." (anon.) ----

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#7 posted 06-02-2011 06:26 PM


I like the box, and the creativity in your design. It is a wonderful execution in it’s design. The reality is the laser can do a great deal more than just do inlay work or engrave. I will be posting some blogs in the future about their use, and encourage people to utilize them when appropriate.

I utilize a Laser machining center in many aspects of my work, and my boxes are featured in fine art stores. Since they are lovingly made by hand with a high degree of skill, it still takes a wood craftsman to be able to use a laser with the appropriate skill level to execute a beautiful piece of art. Feel free to email me anytime you wish to discuss the use of lasers in fine wood crafts…...........

-- Dave

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#8 posted 06-02-2011 07:42 PM

Great job….that laser engraving is beautiful and very innovative.

There will always be a dichotomy between the “purist” (hand made only) and the “innovators” (Machines and gadgets). I have nothing against innovation…for me it helps make some tasks easier so there is more time to concentrate on other aspects of woodworking. Most purists do not believe how complicated it is to get tools to perform as well as hand made….there is alot of skill involved in setting them up….but they can sure cut down on the time required for doing repetitive operations….A machine will never replace the skilled craftsman – it still requires a tremendous amount of talent and vision to do woodworking – with or without the assistance of machinery.

I also understand the view of the purists…as my grandfather was very much a purist – hand joinery only…no machines…he only relented later on when he got older and started using a table saw to crosscut and rip. Making only hand made items takes alot of skill and talent….and there are some things in woodworking that should only be created by hand.

Every wood worker knows that wood is not a constant…it is as individual as people…no piece is exactly the same….doing all the joinery by hand requires more skill than the machine…and a skilled WW can make the joinery truly alot better than a machine…but if time is of the essence (as it usually is) then sometimes it just isn’t possible to cut every detail with a handsaw, chisel and plane.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#9 posted 06-02-2011 08:01 PM

That was very well stated!!!

-- Dave

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