Double Sided Engraving



I created a file back in the beginning of time to test double sided engraving (and a few other things, like whether to score and engrave, or just engrave, etc.).

It’s a rack hook that will enable me to remove toast from a little countertop toaster oven. (Without toasting my hand in the process.) :slightly_smiling_face:

As I originally designed it, it was a little bit too large to fit comfortably in my hand, so I shrank it and printed a couple super small, just to see how small I could get the little lines between the engraved squares in the designs (answer = 0.34 mm), and then I printed a final one in a size that I will use.

Some folks were interested in seeing the screen overlay shots on these:
This is what the overlay looks like after the cut, at the extreme far right limit of the printable field.

The dark lines you see are not distortion, they are the result of the cut. Flipping the piece and engraving the second side resulted in a perfectly aligned engrave, each of the four times that I did it.

I got perfect results by designing the reverse side engraving into the file to start with. You need to turn certain parts of the file on and off, but it’s a remarkably simple process once you understand it.

(I’ll put a tutorial for it in the tutorials section for those who want to design their own later.)

Glowforge Double Sided Engraving Procedure
Scoring Front and Back
Weekly Highlights for the Week Ending March 4th, 2017
Playing with Wooden Coin design

I was thinking about that design earlier this week, as we just bought a toaster oven! Nicely executed and can hardly wait to make one for us. :wink::squee::love:


I’d send you one of these (since I’ve got a few extra) but I really need to print them on 1/4 inch - this was just for testing and demonstration purposes - they’re a bit flimsy for long term use out of the 1/8 inch ply. :wink:


Beautifull job…how cool is this machine! In the hands of a newbie and you are churning out some quality stuff!!


Well done @Jules! Nice work. The design reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright.


Thank you kindly :slight_smile:

(…cant’ take credit for it, and you have a good eye…it is a FLW design, modified, massaged and pressed into service for a lowly rack hook. Chuckle!)


Wow, so cool looking! Fantastic!


Quality work is right! very nice.


Really gahgeous, Jules! You are really digging in and producing some fantastic work. We are all the fortunate benefactors. Thank you!


beautiful job! I remember the original post way back when we (the forum members) were inputting tong ideas for your toaster oven dilemma! :grinning:


This is wonderful! Very nice!!


it’s like a Retro-Futuristic design. Well done, really well done :sunglasses:


Wooooow, sooo cool!!


Yay Jules…go baby go…lovin the design…when you post again…I shall be waiting.


Thanks so much everyone! :grinning:

My “Show and Tell” is going to drop off for a bit here…the things I’m testing with now are not “Show” worthy.

But I need them for the tutorials, and as soon as I get them out of the way, i can get down to some serious design fun. (I’m also waiting on parts, hinges, decorative nails, etc. so now is a good time to get some of the writeups out of the way.)


Why don’t you just work on something just for you. I hate that after you have done SO MUCH already that folks just expect you to keep it up. Take some time for yourself. :relaxed:


Oh, it’s okay, no one is asking me to do this…but by getting involved, i getz to haz input!

It’s going to be a lifetime love affair for me with this machine, not a WBTYM. We have time to get to know each other.


Just spewed Dr Pepper out of my nose! Thanks for that @Jules! On the up side it might help my sinuses. :smiley:


Kinda wondered why no one had commented on that yet… chuckle!


Sometimes it is best to just whisle and slowly back out of the room. :blush: