Laser Etched Wine Tilt

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Project by CWChandler posted 05-15-2012 02:51 PM 1639 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I will be investing some time making one of these for my girlfriend as a house-warming gift very soon and this was my “test run”. I had no idea how it would turn out because I don’t own a drill press and I only had a very dull paddle bit. I have since invested in a new forstner bit and a few other goodies.

The test run stock was salvaged from a pallet I picked up for free from a local art shop (It was stamped ‘HT’ for heat treated and was mostly good hardwoods). I think the wood is birch or poplar – feel free to correct me if I am mistaken. I was completely amazed at the beauty of the wood after I ran it through the planer!

Once I had it planed down and sanded, I took it to my co-worker’s house and had it laser etched with a Fleur De Lis on the front and my signature on the back. I’m glad this was just a test run because the wood wasn’t centered when the laser started.

It turned out better than I thought so I gave it to my mom for mother’s day. I finished it off after the etching with 440 grit sand paper and 2 coats of Polycrylic.

The next one I plan to make will be made of Black Walnut and Cherry with the bottle running parallel to the counter…at least that’s the plan right now. Comments and suggestions always welcome.

-- CWC

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 02:56 AM

Nicely done.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 04:56 AM

I liked the design. I would like access to a laser. You may want to look at my page for the project “It is all in the jig”. It will help you make them very quick and easy.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 01:02 PM

Thanks Martyroc
Thanks Bearpaw. I did see your jig and hope to do something like that for the next one I mentioned in the post. That will definitely make it much easier and more precise to cut several for Christmas this year.

-- CWC

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