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Project by MadMark posted 08-07-2016 01:15 AM 1800 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bought a cheap (<$200 delivered but not assembled) 1600mw laser wood engraver a few months back. After getting it built & configured, I’ve started putting it thru its paces.

This image started as a 4” paper doily that was scanned, cleaned up and saved as a mono .BMP. Benbox lased the file on outline without issue. The material is 1/2” cabinet grade ply lased on the primed side. The detail is outstanding:

The heart plaque combined both engraving and cutting from an AutoCAD. DXF file. The text was added in the Benbox laser software and both were lased in one go. The material is a 3/32” x 2” x 6” pine test blank.

The last is completely etched & drilled in one pass. These are movable kit height rules. Again the material is 1/16” x 2” x 6” pine blank:

Neat, eh!?

Questions & comments welcomed.


-- Madmark - [email protected]

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 08-07-2016 01:29 AM

You’ve got that lil cheap CNC Laser burner working really GOOD!

I’ll bet you have learned a few Tricks about it by now… Yes?

Possible to place it on a larger piece, than the bed, so you can burn your Signature on it?

COOL stuff…

Thank you!

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

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#2 posted 08-07-2016 12:28 PM

Was the laser hard to assemble ?

-- Floyd - Harrison Arkansas

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#3 posted 08-07-2016 01:14 PM

Not really. There are no directions in the box, but there are lots of pictures and an assembly drawing on the website. It was easier than I expected and it worked on the first try. The controller is universal so you have to flash the Nano. Again no real instructions, but lots of screen by screen walk thrus. It took the better part of the day to build / configue & lase.

The laser is NOT a toy! You MUST wear the supplied goggles when lasing.


-- Madmark - [email protected]

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#4 posted 08-08-2016 12:43 AM

I am a pro technology in both woodworking and life. I thank you for this post, for it may encourage others who are thinking about going laser, CNC or whatever interest them with woodworking.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#5 posted 08-08-2016 12:46 AM

pt2 I hope you will post this on the “reviews” section.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#6 posted 08-08-2016 10:11 PM

Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 08-09-2016 01:27 AM

Well done. I have received my last and am working on getting it put together. I have the a5 size and some of the parts are not matching the pictures, so I am struggling a little bit. I just need some dedicated time to figure it out. Again, I am pleased to see what you are accomplishing.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 01-15-2017 11:32 PM

Nice projects Mark. Can’t wait for mine, it’s in the mail. Might contact you for help if that’s ok

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 04-10-2017 07:13 PM

Any long term updates? Still working?

-- Rick M,

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