Easter Bunny (playing with 1/4 solid Walnut)


#1

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!

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#2

Cute bunnies! :grinning:


#3

Very nice!!


#4

Standard copy/paste shortcuts - Control-C/V, Control-Z.

As for resizing, yup. Everything maintains the aspect ratio. Best bet is to drop the image into your vector program, add a cutline and export the whole thing as a SVG file. The plus is that everything is aligned perfectly, if you laid it out right in the design software.

The UI is probably best used as a print preview and settings interface that can move stuff around holes in your material.


#5

These are super cute! What finish did you use on the walnut it looks great after applying the finish.


#6

Love the bunny … cute font … and the addition of the flower just sets it off!


#7

Oh thanks for letting me know about copy paste! I tried right clicking but that didn’t seem to work, I didn’t think to try keyboard shortcuts.

I guess if I saved a line, I could use that in combination with copy paste to build boxes to cut out odd shaped pieces in the UI…

The finish is just a spray laquer, satin finish. I forget the brand.


#8

You just saved me so much time and frustration! Thank you very very much for posting the cut and engrave settings you used for 1/4 Walnut :smiley: You are a life saver!


#9

As well as what @rachal said. Thank you for posting your settings!