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04-01-2020 05:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig question

I have made a number of pens using my budget engraver and a DIY jig but now need to find a better, faster and more reliable solution as I have someone who wants 25 pens, which means I need to spend more money. What laser/CO2 engraver is best suited to engrave a logo on a pen barrel? It needs to be able to rotate the barrel as the logos are wider than a single line.

My current DIY. This is sped up as it takes about an hour.

-- Andy - Seattle USA


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#1 posted 04-02-2020 02:25 AM

Send a PM to LJ Kposty. Ken has a 120 watt laser and it has a rotation attachment that he can do that with. I forgot the brand.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 04-04-2020 06:38 AM

Have you considered printing the logos on decal printer paper.

Make the pen. Before you put on the finish, you add the decal (just like putting decals on a model car), then add your ca finish.

Available at your local craft store, office supply store or Amazon. Testors ‘Decal Paper’. You can print a lot of logos on one sheet with your home printer. Six sheets for $12 plus bonder. Testors also makes a spray lacquer finish. https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Model-Kits/Tools-Adhesives/Decal-Paper/p/1158 this is the decal adhesive https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Model-Kits/Tools-Adhesives/Decal-Paper/p/1158 Bing videos has videos of how to do it https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=testors+deacal+paper&qpvt=testors+deacal+paper&FORM=VDRE

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#3 posted 04-04-2020 11:23 AM

Hi A’bb, Here are a couple of samples I have that displays rotary engraving,

From left to right,
  • Pattern on a grainy black palm blank, hence the white streaks in the grain… not from laser but filler in grain.
  • Silhouette of a bear in antler.
  • My name on circumference… Stupid but POC.
  • Wolf face on a Sierra

All engraved about 1.5mm (multi pass) and wood filled, sanded, more filling and finished as per normal.
I have a 30W Trotec Speedy 100 with rotary attahment.

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

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#4 posted 04-04-2020 04:37 PM

Cool. Thanks. Looked at a bunch of websites but can’t really find the pricing. How much are they?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 04-04-2020 04:49 PM



Have you considered printing the logos on decal printer paper.

Make the pen. Before you put on the finish, you add the decal (just like putting decals on a model car), then add your ca finish.

- WoodenDreams


Cool idea. Just wondering if the CA would cause the ink to bleed off of the decal.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 04-04-2020 07:08 PM

Thanks Wooden Dreams. I watched the Lynn Lacey video. Gonna give that a try.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 04-05-2020 03:07 PM

Testor also has a spray lacquer available. Designed for decals.

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#8 posted 04-05-2020 06:21 PM



Testor also has a spray lacquer available. Designed for decals.

- WoodenDreams


I saw that. I ordered the waterslide decals. Lacey said he liked the Rustoleum clear better than than the Testors.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#9 posted 04-05-2020 09:33 PM

Either one should work fine.

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