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Project by diverlloyd posted 10-11-2019 09:56 PM 461 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As the title states this is a measuring board for our growing family. It’s made of beech with the letters and numbers burned in with my laser engraver. All the lines are routed in then epoxy filled. The last picture is of a tee square that will be held in place by magnets for storage. The long piece is dovetailed into the small section that contains the magnet. The edge of the measuring board also contains its sister magnet. So the thought is for it to be used with long side coming out and laying ontop of the person or dog being measured head. Then used across the measuring board to make the line for the measurement on the board. Sorry I don’t have a pic of it being held up the gel super glue is still drying and the magnets are 20lb pull so I’m sure it will pull out of the hole.





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#1 posted 10-12-2019 01:10 AM

Would have been awesome to have had something like this when my kids were young…nice job!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 10-12-2019 01:42 AM

How big is your laser bed diver’? Or is the engraving laminated on?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 10-12-2019 03:08 AM

19.685”(50cm)x 25.59”(65cm) with a 3000mW blue laser. It’s a bit on the big size and slow but it was on sale when I bought it for less then the smaller bed and less powerful laser. I’m looking at upgrading the laser unit or just building a co2 laser then I can really do some damage.

Buster this was the wife’s idea but not what she envisioned. Along with my first time playing with epoxy it was a good learning project.

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#4 posted 10-12-2019 03:31 AM



19.685”(50cm)x 25.59”(65cm)....

How did you engrave on a 7’ board… or as I say… did you do it on the shorter end?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 10-12-2019 04:03 AM

Nice work. That would have been good when our kids were growing. I never would have made it 7 feet ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 10-12-2019 01:27 PM

Looks good!! I like the t-square. Glad you got your laser running right. Congratulations on the DT3!

Duck these lasers can be set on top of any size project. They are light and portable.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- http://www.jmh-limited-editions.com/home.html --

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#7 posted 10-12-2019 01:52 PM

Duck “the Lloyd family” was done and then the numbers were done one at a time. So I had to move the board but that wasn’t to bad. I set everything up on the tablesaw saw top and used rollers to hold up the piece and move it around. The Lloyd family burn took 3.5 hours and each number was 30 minutes. With the laser being that size the table saw is the perfect size for it plus a labtop to run it. When I’m not using the laser I hang it up on the wall. Next time I will burn everything instead of using the router for lines. Oh I also hooked a baby monitor in line with the power supply so I could watch the laser from the inside the house and if anything happened by shutting down the baby monitor it will also shut down the laser. But I was out there for 90% of the burns fiddling around.

Topa I’m 6’ the wife is 5’10ish” her brothers are both over 6’ and my great grandpa was a giant at 7’8 and great grandma was 6’4”. So we may need the 6’ section and I thought it looked better taking up most of the height of her bedroom wall. The wifey wanted to start at one inch and work up to 6 and have the “the Lloyd family down the length of the board. Which would be fine but the first foot wouldn’t be used and I would still have to take into account the base molding on the floor. So I would still need it cut some off the bottom.

I used French cleets to mount it to the wall. Three sets the first two at alternating downward 45s and the bottom one is mounted level to the floor. So when it’s on the wall it slides down and locks itself into place with no side to side movement. I thought that was safer for the little one.

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#8 posted 10-12-2019 02:20 PM

Festus it’s running well and thank you for the information to help getting it going well. I thought the tee square would be a nice little extra and make it a bit of fun to use.

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#9 posted 10-12-2019 02:46 PM



Duck these lasers can be set on top of any size project. They are light and portable.
- Festus56

Thanks Fest ’ (and diver’)... haven’t come across a portable laser. Mine is boxed,

and that’s why I queried the 7’ (ish) length….. I suppose I could do one for me, even in my box as I only stand 4’ 15.5” with my high heels and stockings on.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 10-12-2019 05:56 PM

Thats a nice laser duck. Is it a co2 laser? Here is what mine looks like https://m.banggood.com/2500mW-A3-30x40cm-Desktop-DIY-Violet-Laser-Engraver-Picture-CNC-Printer-Assembling-Kits-p-1003863.html?rmmds=detail-bottom-alsolike

Sorry I’m not feeling up to going out to the shop at the moment so I used a link.

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#11 posted 10-12-2019 10:29 PM



Thats a nice laser duck. Is it a co2 laser? Here is what mine looks like…..

Thanks diver’, hadn’t seen those before (but then again I haven’t been looking),.

It’s not a CO2… I bought it about 10 years ago when CO was still on version 1. I won’t embaras myself by mentioning what I paid for mine (after seeing the price of your link).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#12 posted 10-12-2019 11:59 PM

Duck it’s like everything electronic it gets cheaper every year. I may build a co2 one sooner or later but I really like being able to hang this one on the wall but I would like to be able to cut stuff to.

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#13 posted 10-13-2019 12:43 AM


... but I would like to be able to cut stuff to.
- diverlloyd

I primarily considered a laser to engrave pens. When I found out all they could potentially do, I went high(er) end with the thought of setting up my daughter in a business and maybe hire/use the laser for my pens… Virtually the day after I signed the cheque and took delivery, she lost all interest… I didn’t want to go commercial so it became an expensive hobby supplement.

I use the cutting facility a lot to make jigs and boxes (for tools). As it has a thickness cutting limit, I do a lot in 3mm or 6mm MDF and laminate to thickness. Incredible what can result from a bit of brainstorming.

PS.

is a great font to engrave in wood.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#14 posted 10-13-2019 02:15 PM

Duck very nice and I can see the potential for a lot of fun.

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#15 posted 10-15-2019 06:56 AM

It’ll be fun to mark your daughter’s growth on this, AJ. The angled French cleats are a thoughtful safety feature. I, too, like the T square. I’ve been contemplating making some of these measuring boards with an added bit to help with initial wall placement. Perhaps the T square could do double duty.
Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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