Was doing a Home Depot run and decided to look at the hardwood flooring. They had samples for all of them behind each of the displays.
When they told me they were free, I started to pile some up (until the wife Harumped and slowed me down). Ended up with about a dozen.
No clue what I am going to do with these, but will be a nice free resource to experiment on for something in the future, and if seems worthwhile I can always buy some full planks.
Workable area is 3.5” x 4.6” so large enough to do something at least.
Three photos to display these. First is a mug shot spread showing the first glommed series.
Then a breakdown of the measurements.
And last, the notice that it emits no formaldehyde.
Now for what to do with them.
They are tough to cut as is (if not impossible). I plane mine down to about 1/8 or as thin as my planer will let me. Then they cut fine - they also tend to engrave well (some better than others). Every time I go I pick up a couple…
Waiting for some poly to dry so decided to burn one of these samples.
Guess I got lucky, because I tested the first one to destruction, but second came out great.
CAN be cut, (if come from back for some reason, seemed impossible from front).
I recommend sizing it prior to putting it into the Glowforge though, since it chars so badly by the time it does cut through. (Edge becomes ashen embers).
This is the proofgrade hardwood on left and the flooring sample on right.