Engraving A Cutting Board-Looking For Help

I would like to engrave a charcuterie/cutting board for my niece for her wedding gift. I am looking for help on what settings to start with. I don’t really have the budget to fiddle around with this a whole lot since it’s like $30. So if you’ve had experience engraving one, where did you start with your settings?

Here is the board I am looking at

And i mocked up an idea in my design software

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Cheat. Do a small “signature” makers mark on the back side as a test to narrow down your settings.

As for where to start nobody’s going to be able to tell you for sure. I’d just search the forum for “hardwood engrave settings” and other combinations of terms like that.

That’ll get you going in the right direction. If you know the species of wood you can search like “maple engrave settings” as well.

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It says it’s acacia wood.

Not sure if @shop has anything more to say about it.

https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?270090-Laser-Engraved-Acacia-Wood

Not sure what kind of burn acacia takes. Some woods engrave dark, others light.

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i don’t have my settings for that engrave (a couple of years ago, cant find them).

but this is what mine looked like.

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The engrave setting can be dialed in if you start light and do a 2nd pass if necessary. The main thing, however, is that you are familiar enough with engraving things without the honeycomb tray so your alignment is the way you wish. If you mask, you can do an engrave that only marks the masking so you are certain of the alignment before committing to the entire engrave.

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Here is a thread that might give you somewhere to start: Engraving on Acacia cutting board

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I’m just now engraving. It engraves fairly dark. It’s turning out better than I could have imagined!

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I did it! Thrilled with the results. I wrote out the instructions below for people like me who like clear instructions, and so I will remember what I did the next time I want to create this again!

Cutting Board Directions

Remove crumb tray from Glowforge.

I used 3 thick draftboards and 1 medium draftboards as my base.

Remove feet from cutting board.

Apply masking tape using a T Square ruler to make sure it is straight (this will serve as a guide for placing artwork straight on project).

Place cutting board in Glowforge.

Upload artwork.

Set focus over printing area in Glowforge app.

Set focus prior to placing artwork permanently as the dimensions may change when focus is set.

I used the following settings

1000 speed

70 power

340 lines per inch

And in the engrave settings I put auto on the material depth (for my rasterized images I chose vary power instead of convert to dots or pattern).

Place artwork making sure it is straight on cutting board surface. I used the edge of the masking tape as a guide. Since I placed it with a T square Ruler, the tape edge was a good level marker.

Click print in the Glowforge app and click the magic button in the screen.

Watch the magic happen.

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Great result!

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Really nice, amazing gift.

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