â 1 Plank of Cedar Wood 1" thick 4"x6' width grain*
â 1 Plank of Poplar Wood 1" think 4"x6' width grain*
â Elmer's Carpenter Glue
â Sandpaper (80, 220, 450 grits)
â Finish (Flax Seed Oil)
â Tape Measure
â 1x 2' Bar Clamp (Quick Grip)
â Safety Goggles
â Computer Workstation w/ Corel Draw
â Woodworking Bandsaw (JET Model JWDS-14CS)
â Wood Lathe (Powermatic Model 4224)
â Wood Turning Kit (Delta Cat. No. 46-640)
â Laser Engraver w/ Rotary Attachment (Epilog Legend Helix 24)
* I used scrap wood that added up to about this. Ultimately you need 20x 4"x4" squares of wood.
** I MADE THIS AT TECHSHOP - Use of these Shop Tools requires taking and passing classes:
• WOD101: Wood Shop SBU (for use of Bandsaw)
• WOD103: Wood Lathe SBU
• LAS101: Laser Cutting and Etching SBU
• LAS201: Laser Engraver Rotary Attachment SBU
Step 1: Make a Wood Block
While work is drying, time could be spent designing your patters for the laser as explained in Steps 3 & 4.
(Note: I had some odd scrap. Each face was at least this big in case you are wondering what is going on in the picture)
Step 2: Make a Dowel
â Warning #1: Turning blocks to round is a delicate process that is potentially dangerous. This is not an Instructable demonstrating how to safely turn blocks to round.
â Warning #2: Ensure that your finish is Laser safe! "Unsafe" finishes have the potential for producing highly toxic fumes upon combustion from the laser. Flax Seed Oil is Laser safe.
Step 3: Design and Engrave
For mine, I wanted deep, sharp cuts. For this I found images that were 2-bit black and white with intricate detail. Once having the Laser and Rotary Tool setup, I found the side of my dowel I liked best and placed that facing straight up.
For engraving preferences:
â Raster Only
â 600 dpi
â 20% Speed
â 90% power
â Center-Left Alignment
â print area = canvas size (15½"x6½")
Note: Job took 57½ minutes.