Engrave Shovel Handle

Is there anyway to engrave a long shovel handle? Is there a way to leave the door open and still have the Glowforge function? I have the Pro.

My husband really would like me to engrave some clam digging shovels for some good friends.


Welcome to the forum.

If you utilize the search function using the term “door hack” you will get some answers.


As an alternative to engraving the handle itself, I have had success in using laser engravable metal (coated brass or aluminum from Johnson Plastics). Pretty easy to obtain a nice, sharp image - then cut to a small shape that can be bent to fit the wooden handle and attach with brass screws. Cutting the metal might be the only tricky part if you don’t have a metal shear, but hand shears will work.


Just moving this to Beyond the Manual.

It’s possible, but only by bypassing the safety features.


I think that depends on the shovel handle length. I’d say you’re probably right @ekla, but if it’s a small shovel like a trowel you might be able to do it in-machine.

@mttripletee, got a pic or model name of the shovel?

Also welcome to the forum, it’s always great to see new Glowforgers!

EDIT: @ekla gently pointed out that you said “long” shovel handle, so I guess I’d put it at “very likely” that you’ll need to bypass the door safety locks. :slight_smile:


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