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Title: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 02, 2019, 07:41:25 PM
Thought about a thread with this, so here it is. the latest person to ask for my help is making turkey call and wants this on them as a fundraiser.  



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 the left is walnut and the right is maple.  these are just to show him what the engraving looks like in wood.  he will bring me the turkey calls next week..
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 02, 2019, 07:48:02 PM
here is a pic of what he sent me.  he is Amish and his dad I know as my Stihl mechanic. 



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purple heart, oak, and padauk
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: low_48 on March 03, 2019, 12:43:23 AM
You have to engrave that on the part with the holes?
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 03, 2019, 08:16:20 AM
It is his deal, and when I asked him, he said what ever looks best.  so we we'll see.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 03, 2019, 08:29:54 AM
 
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more military emblems on walnut
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 03, 2019, 10:38:38 AM
 
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some pics of my marine buddy's trip to France.  You can actually read names on the markers in the wood engraving.  
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 03, 2019, 10:41:53 AM
 
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coasters made for my great niece and nephew.  Now you cannot go to their house and not use a coaster
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 03, 2019, 10:43:33 AM
 
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coasters for the grown ups!
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: samandothers on March 03, 2019, 10:51:45 AM
Wonderful!  Geat job.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: ronwood on March 03, 2019, 11:37:35 AM
Doc,

What kind of laser engraver do you have?

Ron
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: DDW_OR on March 03, 2019, 12:52:58 PM
very nice.
what software do you use for the engraving?

have been thinking of starting up a side business doing engraving and CNC 3D wood carving
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: JV on March 03, 2019, 01:25:02 PM
Very nice.  I too am curious about the engraver and the software. 
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 03, 2019, 03:30:19 PM
 
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Knife scabbard cutting out maple center with laser, from pattern of blade.


Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 03, 2019, 03:32:07 PM
sorry, swamped at work, thx to OG. lol.  Epilog helix.  they have soft ware for their stuff, of course made by someone else.  will check when home.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: thecfarm on March 03, 2019, 06:16:40 PM
Very nice work!!!!
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: Old Greenhorn on March 03, 2019, 07:11:32 PM
sorry, swamped at work, thx to OG. lol.  Epilog helix. 
Now just back up the truck few feet Doc, as I recall it was you who tempted fate by wishing out loud for a no so busy shift. I merely marveled at the whimsy of that statement. You had to know it was the kiss of death. ;D
 Sorry you are having heavy shift. I too like the engraving and used to program and run an Epilog CO2 laser for similar work making dies to impress chocolate coins and such.  Easy programming, quick work. Yours looks great!
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: TKehl on March 03, 2019, 08:15:11 PM
Doc, I like your work and ideas!

Will the engrave be smaller on the final product?  It looks like this one started as a low resolution image.  (Pixalation on the A, O, and front of the kneeling leg.)  Do they have a higher resolution image?

If not, are you familiar with using Inkscape to convert raster image to vector?  I'm just learning, but have had success doing this to increase scale without pixalation.  Once scale is increased, it can then be sent to laser as either raster or vector.  Nice thing is Inkscape is free.  ;D
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 03, 2019, 09:59:18 PM
TK. I have read abut it.  my daughter has increased res. on some lower res. images in photo shop.  It is best to start with the largest file you can get.  I am still learning and appreciate the input.  I did find a higher res. image.  the first was emailed to me, and the second I found on the internet at a bout 300 dpi vs 79.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 04, 2019, 05:03:33 PM
 
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spidy on a stainless steel growler using ceramic coating
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 04, 2019, 05:24:03 PM
You can get different laser configs.  I have a CO2 laser,  I got the 60 watt, but range from 30 to 120 watt.  My size can fit a 18 x 24 inch surface up to 12 inches tall.  It came with a rotary attachment for round stuff.  you can stick stuff that is long out the front door by bypassing the safe switch with a magnet.  Mine was 21k.  They are made in Colorado, but my dealer was in KC, Ks.  they came out within 2 weeks of our request for a demo.  No pressure, but then my wife thought it was very cool and so we have one.  only live once.  A smaller one is a bout 7k and I bet you spend as much as u want.  If I had gone with a 30 watt, it would take longer to engrave images and the thickness I could cut would be limited.  there are Chinese lasers that are cheaper, but you may find the support lacking.  I have cell numbers to 2 of the dealer employees, and tech support is helpful for the laser as well as the software folks.  many people use corell draw including the demo folks.  but you can figure out the program with the rig, as it is fairly self explanatory and intuitive.  you can print from CAD programs as well.  you can also alter images on any other software such as photo shop before you import it.  You can get images off the internet by right clicking and save as image.  We do not sell so do not worry as much re copyright ect.    A photo can be texted or emailed to me and in less than 4 minutes I can import, size, convert to grayscale and make you a coaster.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 04, 2019, 05:29:27 PM
here is the disc that was offered with the package.  also the laser.  This size comes with a rolling cart with shelved to hold all the accessories.  also a pic of the screen I work from.  If you call or e-mail the main co.they will send you a brochure with prices.  a dealer will come to your home or guide you to a demo so you can spend time watching in person and ask questions.  there are lots of you tube stuff as well.  it is mesmerizing to watch.  just like a new truck, don't drive one if you do not want to buy one.



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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: TKehl on March 04, 2019, 10:33:11 PM
I have two.  Mine were much less, but like Doc said, you get what you pay for. 

1.  Epilog Summit (antique):  A backburner project, but despite offering almost no parts for this machine and having bought it used, Epilog support was first rate!  Great company!  (Dare I say the Woodmizer of laser engravers? ;D)
2.  ******(not going to name drop publicly):  US "supported" laser.  My current user.  Good to learn on as it was cheap ($2200 used).  12x20" work area with a drop out floorplate for larger surfaces.  Terrible to learn on as customer support is only available by billable hour.  Youtube and forums have been my friends to learn to run this thing.  They also wanted a $300 ownership transfer after 80 hours runtime since I did not buy it from them.  >:( >:( >:(   Got that taken care of without paying, though I had a week of downtime, and now have good results most of the time. 

This is my first paid project.  30 Christmas ornaments.  Printed straight from MS Word.  Did them on Baltic Birch disks from Hobby Lobby before I figured out vector cutting. ;)  Deadlines you know.  ;D
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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 05, 2019, 09:00:40 PM
here is the engraved turkey call.  they have glass inside and slate on the back.  he gave me one made from Osage orange and it sounds great.



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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 13, 2019, 10:08:10 PM
made a couple of squirrel feeders for some friends with a house in town, and one referred to as a cabin out at "the farm/shooting range" along the river.




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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 22, 2019, 10:50:15 PM
 
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for a fellow woodworker


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gift 
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 24, 2019, 09:11:48 PM
did another honorable discharge paper for the neighbors Ron and Sharon.  The maple is easier to read than the origional and we will make one for anyone in the family who wants one.  


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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on March 24, 2019, 10:47:00 PM
close up of the maple.  full size is 8.5 x 14 "


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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on May 30, 2019, 08:50:34 PM
 
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5th anniversary gift from Dr. Phil Montgomery fellow pediatrician,  to his wife, a OB/GYN doc.  pic from their wedding day on maple.  they now have two humans (sons) as well a the dogs.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on June 16, 2019, 03:56:24 PM
A woman in charge of the med staff office had a saying from a book she liked written in 4 colors on a white dry erase board.  it has been up awhile so I put it on a nice piece of Elm.  12 x 24 inches.


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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on September 08, 2019, 06:48:10 PM
made this for my PA.


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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: olcowhand on September 08, 2019, 06:58:52 PM
made this for my PA.


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Doc, That's beautiful!
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: Stuart Caruk on September 08, 2019, 11:55:28 PM
Awesome work! I have an Epilog Helix for way more years than I can remember. I bought it after no less than 3 engraving companies went bust and I had to keep finding a new source to engrave my anodized aluminum parts. I use it all the time. One of my favorite uses is with CAD... cardboard aided design...

When I can't bring my FARO arm to the work, I make a cardboard template and digitize that. Before I cut a saw guide or machine part, I whip a chunk of plywood in the Helix and laser cut it out to make sure everything fits before starting production. A lot of times for saw guides and things with a lot of features, I'll cut it from acrylic so I can see if the bolt holes and threaded parts all line up as well. 

It's a super handy tool. I'm listening to it hum as I type cutting out Go - No Go guages for a major sawmill chain.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on September 09, 2019, 09:57:30 AM
sounds like I could learn a lot.  please feel free to add photos and explanations if you have time.  I use it as a hobby and learn as I go.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on September 15, 2019, 10:44:13 AM
for my APP out on maternity leave.


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original phone pic.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: Magicman on September 15, 2019, 06:30:15 PM
You do amazing work Doc.  8)
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on October 31, 2019, 07:29:16 AM
I got a sample size of Bluecreeper at the pig roast and everyone bragged about it.  A very nice gentleman came up and offered me some from a gallon he had procured and put some in a water bottle.  we have no small kids, but I wanted a container that no one would want to drink from.  he suggested an old style oil can.  I met so many new people and had a hard time matching up the handles with real names, so I cannot give him full credit.  feel free to chime in.   smiley_old_guy
so I was at tractor supply and remembered to get a can.  all they had were red.


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Jeff gave me a hard time for it being Red, and not blue! :( .  Just goes to show how nice most folks on the forum are, and very generous.  Thanks again and so sorry I cannot recall your name to give you proper credit! :)
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on January 16, 2020, 01:04:01 PM
 
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charcuterie board for one of our docs who served in USAF,


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another for a colleague whos daughter just got early acceptance to University of Kansas, School of Medicine.  the walnut is the stash given to me by a friend who had it stored in a shed for 30 years.  the wood is prob over 100 years old.  when asked, that is how long I will tell someone that it took to "make".  the image is of the "Jayhawk doc"
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: samandothers on January 16, 2020, 07:36:07 PM
You work magic!  Creativity goes a long way!
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on February 18, 2020, 10:18:29 PM
another dog child memorial for my marine buddy Joe and his wife Melissa.  now married and expecting a human soon.


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i worked with Joe and mel at the pediatric ED at the Wesley Children's Hospital.  jomel!
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on February 18, 2020, 10:19:44 PM
BIL made this for me on a plasma table out of scraps.  it is a bear.  hanging on my honor wall.


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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on July 27, 2020, 05:36:20 AM
I make a half dozen of these each year, but thought I would post this one, as I met this guy at breakfast, the day before his belated graduation (Covid).  his dad owns the company that did an addition for my friend and neighbor "sawdust Jimmy", that does the bowl turning.  we ran to the local diner, "Skates" for breakfast and sat next to Colby and his dad.  Jimmy had invited me to breakfast, and forgot his wallet.  we all got a big laugh out of that...(as long as it does not happen every time)! :D :D :D


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congrats to Colby! (pic sent by his dad)
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on July 27, 2020, 05:40:56 AM
I posted this board a while back.  here it is in action with Emily,  daughter of my friend Dr. John Fan.  she just got into KUMC school of medicine.  


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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on September 12, 2020, 01:46:47 PM
going to the chapel and my cousins daughter is going to get married!


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they are also the ones I cut the centerpiece and cake cookies for.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on September 12, 2020, 01:52:28 PM
looks like in the pic I need to go rub the boos butcher clock oil out a bit.  the bigger walnut piece is a meat and chees board or charcuterie block.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: Walnut Beast on September 12, 2020, 10:50:23 PM
Very nice Doc. # Special, Handmade and Unique 
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on September 12, 2020, 11:02:22 PM
nice wedding.  here is a pic of the cookies for the cake.


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the lovely couple under an arch made by the groom and his grandpa.


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lots of boots at the wedding.   8) 8) 8) :D
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on December 22, 2020, 08:56:43 PM
engraved a few more things.


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turkey call for a veterans hunting group, and a couzzy that is non slip.


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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on December 27, 2020, 11:14:56 AM
did a few things for Christmas.  


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my great niece, loves Maleficent,  had a cake for b day, and dressed up for Halloween.
a little photo shop by my daughter who is a senior in animation.  


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wedding gift for neighbor girl we have know 20 years.


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new maple beer and whiskey brew/wort stir paddle for my buddy Jim.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: blackfoot griz on December 28, 2020, 12:14:32 AM
 
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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: woodworker9 on December 28, 2020, 11:37:52 PM
Nice work, Doc.  I have a customer that has several of the Epilog laser engravers (sorry, I didn't pay attention to the models) in different sizes working non stop for his business.  He is doing similar types of work that you have shown in this thread, including making barn doors for the horse people around here, with the horses photo burned into the door, along with their name.  He says it's one of his biggest sellers, and gets referrals non stop.

For a while, I was providing him with wood from my sawmill, but couldn't keep up with his needs and my own.  I was also making raised panel doors for him in my shop that he was engraving/burning and selling.  He had a heckuva gig going, last time I was at his shop, but that was about 5 years ago.

Best of luck with it.  The photo etching/burning is the idea I liked the most.  Weddings, birthdays, graduations, horses, favorite pets, favorite cars, trucks, etc.....
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on September 04, 2021, 08:39:52 AM
was helping my buddy Eddie pour concrete for a shop addition for my other buddy Dallas who spreads manure.  Eddie was using a hammer with a split and chipped broken nearly in two handle.  so i took it home and added resin, cut it down and re-mounted it, refurbished with some safety red paint, and custom engraving.  now we will see if it is too pretty to use.  


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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: Old Greenhorn on September 04, 2021, 08:53:58 AM
I guess you can call him "Lucky Eddie" from now on. That's a fine cross peen hammer.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on September 24, 2021, 07:01:12 AM
My daughter just got out of college with a degree in animation.  it is close to graphic art and game design.  she is great on face book and is trying to freelance online with up work.  We have found some local stuff for friends to keep her busy.  her expertise is touching up photo or artwork.  Our latest is an ortho surgeon about to retire and has started a winery.  he will produce 3500 bottles of 6 different wine varieties.  we have been working on a logo and settled on a line art version of a photo of one of his grape clusters with a stem.  he has used this font for a while.  Monique did the engraving on 4 cases of Riedell red wine glasses.  we had some issues with 4 glasses from one case.  the had a little break outside the lines in the N.  we sped up the laser and coated the glass with a thin layer of dish soap and it went away.  you could barely see it, but Monique was on quality control duty as well.  


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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on September 24, 2021, 07:15:26 AM
some of the work and prototypes.  what looks good in a pic, or on a computer, may loose or add something when engraved, and it is different on wood vs glass.  


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and of course will are working on coasters and charcuterie boards.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: metalspinner on September 24, 2021, 08:18:14 AM
Doc Henderson
My youngest son is in his second year of a digital animation degree. He is very good at 3D art, sculpture, etc. he just picked up wood carving last month. Itís just amazing how easy it is for him to create something. 

Anyway, itís great to see your daughter working in your shop. Zach came home for the weekend to work in the shop on another project. The little tool kit we put together for his dorm room just isnít enough.  :) :)
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: WDH on September 24, 2021, 10:38:59 AM
That live edge walnut piece looks like the state of Massachusetts.  
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on September 24, 2021, 03:22:18 PM
 :) :) :)  two beers or a glass of wine, turn it over, and it even looks a little like Kansas.   :D :D
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: WV Sawmiller on September 24, 2021, 03:49:07 PM
That live edge walnut piece looks like the state of Massachusetts.  
Danny,

   A couple of passes on the table saw will fix that. :D

Doc,

   Nice work. Is this for a customer or a friend?

Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on September 24, 2021, 03:57:53 PM
this is "work" for my daughter who is unable to find any animation jobs in Hutchinson Ks.   :)  Dr. L is a colleague I have known for 20 years and is trying to make a retirement business on his property.  So we are tryin to source things including "talent" locally.  so it is both, but the range of prototypes were so he could show ideas to his board (friends and family).  It did not help as he said the consensus was "50/50".  I am mostly doing the wood working.  my daughter is helping with art but also working in the shop after things are prepped.  she is getting paid.  mostly to build confidence and to feel she is not jobless.  she has been trying online stuff, but it is a slow start.  We will prob. barter to some extent as we try to promote and support his start up.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: WV Sawmiller on September 24, 2021, 06:55:18 PM
   Thanks for the explanation. Good luck to your daughter and hope this works out well for everyone. BTW - I like barter. ;D If properly done both parties win and everybody leaves happy.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: aigheadish on September 28, 2021, 09:26:21 AM
All neat stuff Doc. I thought I'd said as much on this thread somewhere but I guess not. I'll have to share some of my own stuff with the Ortur Laser Master 1 (I think), which is a cheap Chinese version you mentioned earlier. I've been really enjoying learning and using this thing. I'm using LightBurn, which seems to be the go-to software for at least the less expensive models. I'd love to find some better software but I haven't dug too deep into it yet as I still have much to learn about it's current capabilities.

This is just a little hexagon stack I made by cutting what I think was 3mm plywood. I made another out of circles that I glued together and it looks neat, but I didn't take a picture. 


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Keychains! My first attempt with keychains, they didn't look cool enough, so I made more. 


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Second attempt (kind of... The trial and error part of lasering has caused me to redo two of the below). These still need a little sanding and finishing.


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A backhoe! I cut three of these and glued them together to make a keychain for my backhoe. 


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I've got a buddy who's daughter is a big Harry Potter fan and he asked me to make him something out of some Beech (I think) and it turned out really well. That wood is lovely!


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Just a couple random designs, posted on a different thread.


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These, also posted in a different thread, were my first real attempts at doing anything with the laser. This is on a piece of pressboard (though I don't know if that's what it's really called, it's like cardboard pulped up and glued together) that sits on top of my workbench. 


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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on October 06, 2021, 08:10:38 AM
so I have been working with my daughter making stuff for a local winery.  she is engraving glasses, and here is the final approved charcuterie board style with the logo.


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Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: aigheadish on October 06, 2021, 08:46:35 AM
I like that grape design a lot!
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on October 06, 2021, 09:16:46 AM
that stem and grape image, is from a picture of one of his clusters at harvest.  he will also make a large photo for the wall of his tasting area.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on October 09, 2021, 10:20:24 AM
got some coasters made and a few more cases of glasses.

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Doc L is happy and wanting more stuff.  keeping my daughter busy.  she was oiling charcuterie boards yeasterday.
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: WDH on October 10, 2021, 09:57:27 AM
Love the curly maple.  
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on October 10, 2021, 11:25:05 AM
and some are spalted, and blue stained and look almost like marble.   :o :o :o :)
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: 21incher on October 11, 2021, 08:19:00 AM
They look great.  In most houses it's dad can I borrow the car, but at Doc's it's dad can I borrow the laser. Up here we have many wineries and most cary the logos over into the wine racks and signage so I bet your  daughter will be busy for a long time. 
Title: Re: Laser engraving
Post by: doc henderson on October 26, 2021, 07:39:20 AM
 
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Noodle/stove board done for the neighbors to gove as a wedding gift.