UPS arrived today! 10:15am, but only had the GF. Some minor crinkling of the box, but all handles were there and no internal damage. The guy said he would find the other box by the end of the day. I told him that I’ve been waiting two years and that other box is required for me to use the laser. I think telling him what was inside increased his understanding of the excitement I was holding back. He returned 20 minutes later with the crumb tray.
Since we’ve all seen the rulers, I didn’t start with that. My first cut was earrings from the catalog. They turned out great, right before I broke one. Getting the paper off was next to impossible on the back side. And, they were probably more brittle because I used actual cherry rather than plywood.
Second project was a coaster that I designed, well traced from an Adobe Capture image of a floor grate at Longwood (botanical) Gardens.
And, the momentous finale for the day. A hand drawn lace trivet, 8" dia. I played around with the intensity of the engraves. I got a warning about too many steps / layers, but it allowed me to change what happened for each. It took 90 minutes to cut, and about 30 to get all the paper off. It was worth it though and the recipients tonight will love it. My first GF gift.
And, the scraps made a nice design too.