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Project by Nick424 posted 07-28-2021 11:51 PM 603 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend at work is getting married soon, and they wanted a signature board like they were seeing on Pintrest and places like that. He showed me a picture of a plywood board with the name on it and asked if I could do something like that. I said I could, but I would not. I told him he could cut his own board with a jigsaw and sand it up and do it himself if he just wanted a plywood board. He asked what I would do and I told him. The two of them came over to the shop a few days later to pick out some wood that they liked, and decided on the quartersawn white oak. They wanted the writing area 28×32. I got it made up, and had them pick out a font that they liked. I told them to choose one that was not to thin because it would be to hard to work with. They had no concept of what thin was. I lasered out the one that they chose and it was a disaster. It broke apart in several places. I chose a few other fonts and cut them some samples out of scrap. I thought that the name should be smaller to leave more room to sign, but they marked out on the board how big they wanted the name and that is what they got.
I like the way it turned out, even if I think the name it to big.

QS white oak with Arm R Seal satin. Name is cut from 1/8” baltic birch plywood with stain. My most difficult task was gluing the name and date on. Trying to get enough but not too much glue, dropping it in place so the glue did not smear around, weighing it down without moving it, and making sure everything was properly aligned. But it came out OK.





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Eric

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#1 posted 07-29-2021 01:50 AM

It looks good, nice job for a friend. And that is an interesting concept for a signature board, better than a guest book.

That date is 2 days before my daughter’s wedding.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Nick424

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#2 posted 07-29-2021 02:04 AM

Thanks Eric, it was fun to build, well mostly, gluing on the name and risking messing it up was no fun.

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 07-29-2021 09:42 AM

so cool ! I’m trying to imagine getting the letters set w/o glue squeeze out along with slipping and sliding – Great job Nick

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 07-29-2021 09:46 AM

Great looking attendance register… nice concept.


.... I said I could, but I would not….
- Nick424

Love that would not... Many times I’ve had friends ask for something depending on my design ability which is about as dull as a plastic knife… I tell them to design and I’ll make.

Not sure whether your buddy expected a freebie, but people (friends) seem to underestimate the front up effort required for a project and then the finishing work required… the time at the laser is just a small part of the process.

As an aside: I usually cut inlays out of solids… both base and inlay is usually around 4-6mm which is then mounted on a backing board… I found with this method an Old English font looks classy and even with the little bits, hold up well. Once “hammered” in place it’s as solid as a rock and you have 4mm+ to sand and surface prepare to your hearts content. The fact that you have a frame around it would hide the “veneer”.

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

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James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 07-29-2021 02:33 PM

Great job. I wouldn’t know where to start on a laser machine. The letters couldn’t have came out better.

I’m sure the BUSBIES are pleased.

What type of laser do you have?
QSWO ain’t cheap! Hope you got paid.

Est. 10.28.21 sounds like a business. Maybe their business partners.

You know what your wonderful work is going to lol like after the wedding.

I hope the guest have good penmanship. Lol

-- James E McIntyre

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 07-29-2021 02:57 PM



... I wouldn’t know where to start on a laser machine…
- James E McIntyre

Hint… the ON/OFF switch!

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

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 07-29-2021 06:05 PM


... I wouldn’t know where to start on a laser machine…
- James E McIntyre

Hint… the ON/OFF switch!

- LittleBlackDuck

Very Good Ducky. It’s a start. Sounds like you really know your way around machines. Where’s the on and off button?

-- James E McIntyre

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 07-29-2021 06:58 PM



Very Good Ducky. It’s a start. Sounds like you really know your way around machines. Where’s the on and off button?
- James E McIntyre

For that you have to RTFM, or if you hate to read like me, call the 1800 number… but then again, you have to RTFM to get the number.

All the laser users told me it’s like riding a bike… once you know how to you never forget. I simply learnt to ride a bike and the next day I was lasering away.

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

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Nick424

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#9 posted 07-29-2021 09:00 PM



Great looking attendance register… nice concept.

.... I said I could, but I would not….
- Nick424

Love that would not... Many times I ve had friends ask for something depending on my design ability which is about as dull as a plastic knife… I tell them to design and I ll make.

Not sure whether your buddy expected a freebie, but people (friends) seem to underestimate the front up effort required for a project and then the finishing work required… the time at the laser is just a small part of the process.

As an aside: I usually cut inlays out of solids… both base and inlay is usually around 4-6mm which is then mounted on a backing board… I found with this method an Old English font looks classy and even with the little bits, hold up well. Once “hammered” in place it s as solid as a rock and you have 4mm+ to sand and surface prepare to your hearts content. The fact that you have a frame around it would hide the “veneer”.

- LittleBlackDuck


Great looking attendance register… nice concept.

.... I said I could, but I would not….
- Nick424

Love that would not... Many times I ve had friends ask for something depending on my design ability which is about as dull as a plastic knife… I tell them to design and I ll make.

Not sure whether your buddy expected a freebie, but people (friends) seem to underestimate the front up effort required for a project and then the finishing work required… the time at the laser is just a small part of the process.

As an aside: I usually cut inlays out of solids… both base and inlay is usually around 4-6mm which is then mounted on a backing board… I found with this method an Old English font looks classy and even with the little bits, hold up well. Once “hammered” in place it s as solid as a rock and you have 4mm+ to sand and surface prepare to your hearts content. The fact that you have a frame around it would hide the “veneer”.

- LittleBlackDuck

Yes Duck, usually I use solid wood, but they wanted it applied on the surface. I cut one with solid wood but it was to hard to keep in one piece

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Nick424

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#10 posted 07-29-2021 09:16 PM



Great job. I wouldn’t know where to start on a laser machine. The letters couldn’t have came out better.

I’m sure the BUSBIES are pleased.

What type of laser do you have?
QSWO ain’t cheap! Hope you got paid.

Est. 10.28.21 sounds like a business. Maybe their business partners.

You know what your wonderful work is going to lol like after the wedding.

I hope the guest have good penmanship. Lol

- James E McIntyre

Yes I got paid my asking price + $40 because they liked it so much!

This laser

The est. 10-23-21 will be the wedding date

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 07-29-2021 10:15 PM

Yes I got paid my asking price + $40 because they liked it so much!


- Nick424


Is your buddy up for sale… all mine don’t have pockets, so they can’t carry money with them.

Looks like a ‘shop job with the vent though the wall outside. Where i lived when I bought mine the houses adjoined each other and I couldn’t get away with a dusty outside… mine is a spare bedroom occupier and had to go the expensive inside, people friendly, quietish filter. What power can you brag about… looks similar in capacity to mine (600mm x 300mm, 30W).

May I ask what software you use?

Will look forward to more of your laser projects...

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

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Nick424

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#12 posted 07-30-2021 01:02 AM

Duck, it is a two 50W laser machine. The beams are combined for 100W. Lasers are swapable and air cooled. If we ever wanted to, and could afford we could upgrade to two 75W. As it is we can cut 1/2” plywood or MDF at full power and about 3% speed.
for software we use Corel draw. My daughter is a student so we were able to buy the program for the student pricing.
the capacity is 18X32 inches and a 9” Z axis.
that pipe you see is for fresh air coming back in, there are two 4” pipes behind the laser that run outside to a dust collector that sucks the smoke outside.

Yes Dick the glue up was tough. I used my little glue roller and went VERY sparingly with the glue.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 07-30-2021 06:30 AM


Duck, it is a two 50W laser machine. The beams are combined for 100W. Lasers are swapable and air cooled. If we ever wanted to, and could afford we could upgrade to two 75W. As it is we can cut 1/2” plywood or MDF at full power and about 3% speed.
for software we use Corel draw. My daughter is a student so we were able to buy the program for the student pricing.
- Nick424

Thanks Nick...

100W,
ouch!

150W
OUCH!
I can manage 9mm with 2 passes, however, the fire extinguisher rests on the cabinet lid. Speed never bothers me, but I’d kill for more depth… though less than a full 3/4”, I’ll stick to layers.

Use Corel to “print”, however, find it too clunky for design and use SketchUp as a Corel front-end.

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

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