Aside from paper stuff that I’m always blabbing about, I had a few little personal projects I’ve wanted to do and decided to tackle one today. I am a huge fan of electric transport, Tesla, and correspondingly have been very interested in Nikola Tesla himself. Interesting story there, but I came across some of the original patent illustrations for his AC motor (which basically is the mother of every electric motor ever used since then) and I thought it would be cool to engrave that.
My first try was into the walnut veneer and the detail is great but I think the darker wood obscured some of the visual impact, I felt it looked cooler when the masking tape was still on it. I think I will try doing this on a lighter wood to see how it compares.
This is small, just 5x7 and used the bitmap PNG that I brought into Illustrator just to add the cutline. It is so easy to do this stuff on the Glowforge, it just blows my mind.
(Oh, the tip to use Gorilla tape to weed out that masking it truly a lifesaver. There is no way on earth I could have gotten out all the bits from in between those fine lines without it. If you don’t have a roll, buy some immediately.)