This was just a fun addition to the coffee table. I guess that I engrave everything we have because I can. I would suggest that you buy a laser cutter. Why? Why not?
I hope that you enjoy the product and layout. The file is there and is laid out for a piece of wood that is 115mmX115mm.
Step 1: File
I chose a font that is a little bit retro. The main point was to match the layout of the periodic table. But not a standard chart exists. So just used something I thought looked a little 1960's-ish
Step 2: To the Cutter
My laser is a cheap ebay piece. Nothing wrong with it. But, layout is not the most hitec approach. I lay out a square 115X115 mm. Then put my yellow pine 113x113 mm by 3/16" square inside of the layout lines.
The heat setting is pretty low. I have a dial that is set to 4. This means nothing except I know where to dial into for each material.
Step 3: Begin
Then just hit spacebar. Speed is 250mm/sec. Hope you enjoy the ible.