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I definitely agree that sanding and staining would be a fair bit quicker before laser cutting. I just decided to wait on the sanding until after laser cutting because the laser cutter can sometimes create rough edges that need to be sanded down anyways, and I only wanted to sand once. As for the finish, I was using a laser cutter owned by a Makerspace, and they don't allow treated wood to be cut, which is why I waited until after laser cutting to stain as well.
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Thanks for the advice! I should have been a bit more aware of where the knots were when I was cutting the the slots, but thankfully it was a quick fix. Another thing I would probably change if I were doing this again would be to purchase a wider piece, so that when I cut the slots, I could cut them in line with the grain; that should also help strengthen the area around the cuts.
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I had noticed your Instructable on one of the staff picks emails. It was interesting to see how two different designs converged to similar solutions given the same resources. Good Instructable!
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Thanks for the correction. I misread that when I looked up the materials that could be cut with CO2 laser cutters.
Yeah, that would be another material that you could use for a cool effect. I believe most laser cutters can cut aluminum, so that should definitely be possible.Another possibility that I've actually seen is purchasing blank aluminum ID tags, and using a small CNC machine (I believe specifically an Othermill) to engrave your name onto the tag.
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