I didn’t realize so many people would comment about my flex risers. I use these when I remove the crumb tray and put in whatever jig I need.
The basic idea:
- Remove the crumb tray.
- I usually lay a thin piece of cardboard on the bottom (like a cereal box), just to help clean up any messes and protect the bottom of the laser from scratches.
- Place a 1" coin magnet in the bottom of the riser. This will give it a solid grip to the bottom of the laser.
- Use popsicle sticks to make levels at specific heights. Ideally, the top of the object being lasered should be slightly above the height of the risers. Popsicle sticks don’t have to go through at right angles; the boxes support 45-degree angles. And if the item is round (like a vase or tube), then use wire or pipe cleaners to make a curved bridge between the risers.
- One side of the riser box is open. This way, you can use the risers to help brace objects, regardless of the shape. If you have a pointy object, like a star or square tile, then you can put the corners in each riser box.
- For focusing the laser, I place a flat piece of acrylic or wood on top of the riser, at the same height as the item being lasered. This creates a surface for auto-focusing before lasering.