I’m looking for settings to engrave on a cutting board made of Acacia. I haven’t found any recommendations so far by searching the GF community or online. Seems to be similar to blackwood in hardness but haven’t been able to locate settings for that either.
Pretty sure @shop did this. Lets see.
Not sure if he posted settings anywhere. Engraving is generally pretty forgiving and how you want to do it might depend a bit on the level of detail in your image. It might be faster and get you better results if you can do a test, but if this is your only sample of acacia, I might see if @shop wants to share.
I did post something later on in the thread, but not really supposed to in that board (made on GF).
but yeah, i used 1000 speed, 70 power, and 340 lpi.
this was the final product.
that’s a cutting board from target. which i realized later was from the fixer upper folks at magnolia. i guess they have a deal with target.
Thank you. I have done bamboo cutting boards but not acacia. I wanted to have a starting point since I don’t have extras to play around with.
if i showed you the backside, you’d see 5 tiny numbers engraved into a corner for testing.
Still LOVE that look.
did you ever get any settings for acacia cutting boards
four posts above yours are the settings i used.
scrolled right thru it have a great xmas
Masked or no mask with these setting for Acacia
masked. but it was a straight engrave, not detailed, so masking wouldn’t really affect the settings much.
Bought some nice marble/Acacia half and half coaters from Target for a request for 2 sets for someones housewarming gifts. This was my first engrave on this wood and this companies coasters. Unmasked I used settings: 100 - 65 - 340lpi with auto focus: unmasked: GF Pro. I noticed at 70 power, I could see more resin around the engrave, at 65 I did not get this. They engraved just perfectly! Thank you for all your input, it greatly helped.
Did you 100 or 1000 speed? It’s a big difference which is why I ask!
Welcome to the forum.
Until the OP gets back to you, I would assume 1000, not 100. Engrave speeds on wood need to be higher than 100.
Is there something wrong with my machine if all I get are burns at all of the settings listed above in this thread?
What exactly does “all I get are burns” mean? All engravings are burns. The first thing that came to mind, though, is that if you place a cutting board on the floor of the machine without raising it up into the focal range of the machine (~1.5-2" off the floor), your engravings won’t look very good because they’re entirely out of focus. Read through this post for how to engrave on thick objects correctly:
Ditto what @dan84 said, and also I might suggest posting a photo of your results, and a screenshot of what you’ve got in your machine (showing the commands on the left all the way to the name of your machine on the right) - it’ll give us a better idea of where it’s messing up
Acacia has a large range for settings. Who is your vendor?
All images below are acacia I have done but they all have different setting. It’s a beautiful wood but setting for it are not plug and chug.
This applies to any material that is organic. Wood is inherently analog, you can get large variations. There is no substitute for testing, and end results are completely subjective.