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ZDNet DIY-IT project: Using reclaimed wood to laser-cut office signs

Making signs with a laser cutter seemed sort of challenging at first, but it wasn’t all that bad. The only problem was the laser cutter didn’t seem to cut through wood that was really thick, it would only cut through one eighth of an inch and struggled to cut through anything thicker than that. That was one draw back of using it to make wooden signs, but with the engraving it seemed to work pretty well, especially with the edges cleaned up to give it a smooth finish.

Key Takeaways:

  • The idea was to use the laser cutter’s own shipping pallet as a source of wood for engraved nameplates.
  • The preparation stage involved a random orbit sander, a miter saw, and a router.
  • PDF files with my designs were sent to the printer, and it took about 15 minutes to engrave each plaque.

“Wood, leather, some plastics, and paper are primary materials for laser cutters, although many laser cutters can also engrave patterns in some metals and some mineral-based services like marble.”

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