Yeah, so far, I’ve been pretty pleased with the result. I might need to make a jig, but I would be remaking the jig all of the time like in your example because no two of the boards are exactly the same size or thickness. I just kind of go with what the wood wants…and if it is slightly longer by the time I get it glued up and planed/sanded, I leave it as long as it can be, but still fit in the Glowforge.
The engraving is only about 2.5" tall and maybe 4" wide…maybe 5".
That makes sense to do this, and I might with more of them that I do in the future. So far, using sight and some of those alignment methods has worked pretty well. This is just text, so it is not as noticeable if it is off by a very slight amount. If I started using some shapes for scoring that came close to edges, and your eye could tell easily that it was off, I would definitely have to adopt a different method. Like @evansd2 did with his slate piece…it had that square all of the way around the piece. That would have noticeable if it was off even just a little.
I still think eyeballing this would be about as difficult as just using the camera to place it. Am I missing something? With it sitting on top of the chipboard score and not registering against it in a corner, how would it be exact?
How? I guess I didn’t think there was that much room to allow for that?