Category: Laser

Christchurch Aftershot Glass

Christchurch Aftershot

Even though it has been almost two years since the large 6.3 earthquake in February 2011, we still the stray aftershock.  Last week we got a good shake of 4.62 that reminded anyone of the big ones not so long ago.  This gave me an idea for laser etching on shot glasses.  I started with […]

Hardwood words of wisdom

Ladies, if a man says he will fix it, he will. There is no need to remind him every six months!

The past week been a busy one. I’ve tried my hand at making hardwood signs and engraving them with some choice quotes. After a good bit of searching, I found some nice Mahogany to test making signs. I started by adding a decorative edge with my router.  A bit of sanding and a nice light […]

Tangible digital pictures

Wet dog frame

It’s no doubt that we live in a digital world.  The old days of buying rolls of film to later chemically developed have been replaced with compact flash storage and online photo galleries. Most of these things have be wonderful achievements for everyone. I still remember the days of being limited to 12-24 pictures per […]

Tea with Shakespeare

tealight box finsihed

Who doesn’t like candles?  Their warm light dances on the walls and over all objects in the room.  Okay, so maybe I’m not Shakespeare, but I do think he said it best about candles.  “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”   How fitting for a […]

2013 Cut into pieces

This year, 2012, has seemed to drag by very slowly for me.  I thought it would be a great idea if the coming year could be cut up into small pieces.  Keeping with that spirit, I created a 2013 calendar that is a jigsaw puzzle. The calendar was created using a Linux console command.   […]

Egyptian jewelry box

Egyptian Wooden Jewelry Box

To choose a good gift you need to personalize it to fit the person.  In this case, the person was very interested in Egyptian culture.  Building off of that idea, I set out to make something that looked Egyptian and could be useful. After doing some research, I chose to do an Egyptian themed jewelry […]

Bamboo spatula

Engraved Bamboo Spatulas

Bamboo turns out to be a wonderful wood to work with on the laser.  I tested some bamboo spatulas with different ideas.  The only ones I could find had a wooden finger joint, seen in the picture as the dark stripes, in two places on the handle.  Bamboo also seems to be able to handle […]

Drinks on us

cork coasters

One of the biggest challenges of using a laser is learning how each material reacts.  Natural materials like wood and rocks are all different.  Even the same type material can have huge differences in density that can cause the same settings to come out differently. I thought I would give thin natural wood cork a […]

Construction site end table

Table design

Making things can be a lot of fun.  Starting off with a vague idea of what you want and then being able to build and complete it is very rewarding.  I wanted to see if I could make a small piece of furniture for my home.  However, my laser cutter is only able to cut […]

Radioactive warmth for any room

Wave Lamp On

There is just something special about a soft warm light that makes a room feel like home. Adding a lamp will work, but plain ordinary lamps don’t add as much to the atmosphere. I set out to create a new design that would provide both warm soft light and a unique and interesting look. Using […]