I’ve been really curious how well the Glowforge would cut up pieces of hardwood I have around the shop so I planed down some Walnut to a quarter inch and started experimenting.
At first I tried two passes and it worked (and I’m excited to try cutting 3/8" or even 1/2" with multiple passes, manually setting the focus deeper each pass), but then I tried a single pass and I think it worked just as well or better and was much faster.
I settled on using full power and a speed of 135-140 depending on the piece. I set the focus to 0.21 because I read here someplace that focusing just below the surface sometimes helps cut through thicker material in one pass.
I played around a bit with maple as well and it also worked quite well.
I find myself really wishing the Glowforge UI had some very basic image editing tools such as copy paste, and the ability to stretch images (I can’t upload a square and then distort it into a rectangle?? Very frustrating to have to upload an SVG for every single thing I might want to cut…).
Anyways I’m sure the UI will continue to improve and get better. Quite a fun machine to have!
Anyways, here is what we made. A quick sanding and a coat of spray laquer and vwalla!