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A different picture "frame"

#258646 by Gene Howe » Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:38 pm

Built these using interlocking dados to display the laser etched family tree. They are for each of our twin sons. Their families are represented on the plaques.

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Re: A different picture "frame"

#258649 by jsburger » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:32 pm

Those are really nice Gene. Black Walnut?

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Eagle's Lair Woodshop
Hooper, UT

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Re: A different picture "frame"

#258651 by nuhobby » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:36 pm

Another great one from Gene!
I'll speculate either walnut or his more-native mesquite :)

Chris

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#258654 by Gene Howe » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:44 pm

Yep, walnut cut offs. The plaque is BB. Saving the mesquite for boxes. They'll get etched, too.

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Re: A different picture "frame"

#258655 by Gene Howe » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:45 pm

thanks, guys. Yep, walnut cut offs. The plaque is BB. Saving the mesquite for boxes. They'll get etched, too.

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#258656 by jsburger » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:58 pm

Gene Howe wrote:thanks, guys. Yep, walnut cut offs. The plaque is BB. Saving the mesquite for boxes. They'll get etched, too.


Do you have a laser etcher or is there someone local that does it for you?

My wife made about 100 crafting jigs called a bow tie. It is used to tie different sized bows for craft projects. We had a local person do the laser etching.

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Eagle's Lair Woodshop
Hooper, UT

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#258659 by Gene Howe » Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:19 pm

John, my laser is an el cheapo from China. It does flat work only and is limited for height. There's no way I could etch the end like you showed. I lust for a larger, more capable one.

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#258661 by jsburger » Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:36 pm

Gene Howe wrote:John, my laser is an el cheapo from China. It does flat work only and is limited for height. There's no way I could etch the end like you showed. I lust for a larger, more capable one.


I have thought of buying something but they are expensive. For the one or two off projects I just take it over to the Hill, AFB Arts & Crafts shop. They have a couple big lasers and the price is dirt cheap compared to going off base to a commercial shop. However, her bow tie jigs were fairly cheap because the guy that did them works out of his house and it is not a commercial enterprise. His laser has limited power so he can't engrave a brass plate for example. It works great on wood though.

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Eagle's Lair Woodshop
Hooper, UT

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Re: A different picture "frame"

#258663 by Gene Howe » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:40 pm

Mine was $120 when I bought it 2 years ago. It has only one watt of power, yet it burns about 1/64" deep. I'd love to have a 50 watt machine. An Epilog or the new Dremel laser would be great. A Chinese one can be had for around $1500 but I'm not too technically savvy and they do require some fiddling.

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#258664 by jsburger » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:47 pm

Yes, I understand. It is not about being able to afford it. It is just that we don't want to do enough to spend the money right now. Of course if we had one then we might do a lot more.

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Eagle's Lair Woodshop
Hooper, UT

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