I made this jig from Draftboard, to consistently position pencils for engraving. Other small round objects similar to a pencil will also work well.
The jig consists of four components: a base, a holder and two pegs.
Once assembled, the pegs align with the holes in the honeycomb grid of the Glowforge. I glued all the components together but gluing only the base and holder together would the pegs to be replaced if needed. And if gluing only the base and holder, use the pegs to properly position the base and holder until the glue sets.
This is so cool!! I do have a request!! I am a kinder teacher, looking for a pencil jig for the thicker primary pencils!! My Glowforge is set to be delivered Wednesday!! Yay!! But if anyone has a jig for the primary pencils I would love it!!! I mean, I guess when I get good I can maybe create one? But, it’s kinda the first thing I want to engrave!!
Creating a jig for the thicker pencils would be a great early project for learning to use your machine. The “first cuts” tutorials will get you what you need for machine operation. You will need some basic facility with a vector graphics program like Inkscape, Affinity Designer or Adobe Illustrator (there are others but, those are the most popular here) – pretty much making rectangles and text.
There will be a lot of people eager to help you, probably even walk you through it, if you start your own post in the Everything Else category after you get set up and ready to go!