I wanted something that was different and unique so I made Zodiac Coasters. I had laser cut them to be the right size for a can, bottle, cup, etc. I wanted something for Father's Day (June 16). I wanted to give him something that was different and a DIY, something he doesn't have. I found different patterns and liked these the best. Now just waiting for June 16.
~ 12 - 4" x 4" pieces of wood .375 inches thick
~ Adobe Illustrator CC 2018
~ Laser Cutter hooked up to a desktop computer
~ Graph Paper, Pencil, and Ruler (Optional for sketching)
Step 1: Sketching
Sketch out the design you want for your coasters. For mine I used 1” x 1” grid paper, a ruler, and a 0.5 mm mechanical pencil.
Step 2: Cutting
Cut out six pieces of wood that are 4” x 4” and 0.375 inches thick.
Step 3: Font
Go to the link and download the zodiac font. LINK
Step 4: Adobe Illustrator CC 2018
Download if not already Adobe Illustrator CC 2018. Open the extension.
Step 5: Setting Up the Image
Open the image up to fit a 4" x 4" back drop.
Step 6: Printing Setup
Then go to file and print. From there you want to change the media size to the User-Defined Landscape. Click print.
Step 7: Print Setup 2
Open the software for the laser cutter. (For mine I went to the re locator tool, clicked the center of the image, and sent it to 2” X 2”. Then went to settings, wood, softwood, general. The thickness of the wood is .375.)
Step 8: Finishing
I waited about four minutes for the coasters to be done. Repeat as many times as you want with different designs.