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Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Very inexperienced woodworker! The most complex project I built is probably a sled for my table saw ;). I've also made a shakuhachi under heavy supervision.

I'm just starting to do some lasercutting and really love boxes. I want to make boxes for everything, including other boxes.

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#1 posted 06-25-2020 10:00 PM

Welcome to lumberjocks!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 06-25-2020 10:44 PM

Welcome souche... good to see another wood tattooist who may leave footprints on this hallowed turf.

Tell us a bit more about yourself and make use of the workshop tab,

I also make a lot of “boxes” using my laser... look forward to a pissing contest with another boxer (or should I have said sparing?)>

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

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#3 posted 06-25-2020 10:54 PM

Hey Dave, and good to meet you LittleBlackDuck!

I have a lot to learn and am just getting started with the laser. Just spent far too long this morning figuring out minimum settings to cut 3mm balsa. Also how to not set it on fire.

I’ve been in Melbourne for a bit over seven years, before that from California.

The

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#4 posted 06-25-2020 11:17 PM

What’s your weapon? Mine is a humble 30W unit… Wont cut down trees but could make a neat, painful tattoo on anyone’s arm.

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

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#5 posted 06-25-2020 11:26 PM

I also have a 30W unit and trees will definitely not fit inside that thing. Also I think it has a laser cutout when the cover is open, so if anyone wants a tattoo I’d have to figure out how to disable that.

30W seems like plenty for now, I think! If I can reliably cut relatively thin wood I’ll be happy. Figuring out what the right settings are seems like the most annoying fiddly part of it.

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#6 posted 06-26-2020 02:41 AM


I also have a 30W unit and trees will definitely not fit inside that thing. Also I think it has a laser cutout when the cover is open, so if anyone wants a tattoo I d have to figure out how to disable that.

30W seems like plenty for now, I think! If I can reliably cut relatively thin wood I ll be happy. Figuring out what the right settings are seems like the most annoying fiddly part of it.

- souche


For the arm tattoo, pair up with a good plastic surgeon for follow up procedures and simply amputate the arm… :-(....

No idea what software you use, but my next suggestion is based on Corel draw for setup/printing and Trotec’s JobControl software for cutting.
With mine I find 6mm is the optimum max I can push my 30W to around 9mm but I make two passes with an optional raising of the bed… Unfortunately, multi passes create more burn marks.

In my software I set up a “grid” and cut the same shape on different settings in the 1 run… I engrave the details and keep that for reference.
Here is my test item in Corel and the Trotec. Use the links belog for greater detailed pictures.
A row of 8mm circles set up with different 'cutting colours'.
the black text is engraved as an audit trail.
Material list set up to cut at different speeds.

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

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#7 posted 08-06-2020 03:44 PM

When I was playing with my cheap-ass laser engraver, one of the things I discovered was that oiling a piece of wood first greatly changed the burn-time needed to get a specific effect. Oil darkens uplighter woods, so you need less light to make a mark at all, but then somewhere in the middle of the curve, it flattens out, and then once you light things on fire, the oil accelerates the damage.

No idea how this would relate to cutting, but if you don’t already have enough variables to play with, hitting the wood with a coat of linseed oil will add one more. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 08-06-2020 04:26 PM

Thanks to both of you! I’m still in newbie land, staying as far away from edge cases as I know how, for now. (Haven’t had much opportunity to play with it in the last few weeks, either :(.)

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