I scored a cache of maple veneer with adhesive backing at the ReStore. My idea is to make weaving stick shuttles (photos later, I know this doesn’t make sense except to weavers) with wood on one side and acrylic on the other. For max bling, I will use mirror acrylic. This is not PG, so it’s here.
[Question: when I have finalized the testing and made one, can I show it in ‘Made on a Glowforge’, or does it have to be posted here, since all the materials will be non-PG?]
This experiment helps tie different info together in ways I had not anticipated. Now that I see it, I can say in hindsight, “why didn’t I know that was going to happen?”
Top of cut surface. The inner circle has been rotated wrt the wood grain so it’s easy to see. Small fidddly designs like this make the machine want to dance, even on a heavy table. I didn’t clamp the (small piece of) material to the honeycomb since it was heavy enough for cut pieces to not fly away. The GF dance helped wiggle the material around enough that it distorted the design. Lesson learned
Although the circle was cut just fine, the detail work didn’t go all the way through the acrylic…but it created a neat effect on the acrylic side. The cuts are fine enough you can’t see “through” the cuts, if backed by a colorful material.
So, next try is to clamp the material, unless it’s a full sheet and wedged into the honeycomb edges. I’ll make the simple cuts in one pass, then change the settings for the fiddly bits of the design…or not. I just realized I can have the same design appear on both sides of the laminate in just one operation (and not have to turn it over). Oh, this is fun…