Engraving cutting boards

I am trying to engrave a cutting board that is .625" thick. Is that possible or can you only engrave up to .5" thickness?
Can the crumb tray be taken out and engrave without it?

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There is a lot of discussion in the forums about how to go about this. You almost can’t miss with any obvious searches (e.g., "without the tray, " “thick material,” “cutting board”).

The short answer is: yes, you can remove the crumb tray and engrave on thicker items like that. The key is that you have to get the surface you want to engrave above where the level of the crumb tray would be. Put something under your cutting board to prop it up into that range. There are several designs in the Free Laser Designs category for supports, if you want to get fancy.


The Tips and Tricks sections has SO much information - it’s worth checking that out even if you just scan through the titles - because then you’ll know what’s in there for your next question :slight_smile:

In this case this one will get you started:

and if you’re a visual person…


Here is a tool to tell by looking if the surface of the work is within range. Stand it on the bottom without the crumb tray, and with the front door open look across the surface of your work to see if it is inside the area with the checkmark. Shim the cutting board up as needed to get there.
Use “set Focus” and the machine will do the rest. :sunglasses:


Thank you all! Your suggestions were very helpful!

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